Justin M. Nash, PhD I am very excited to begin serving as President of the Society for Health Psychology. After 25 years in health psychology internship and postdoctoral training at Brown University, I recently became Professor and Head of the interdisciplinary Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. I appreciate you making the Society for Health Psychology a professional home. We are … Continue reading President’s Column
Adrienne A. Williams, Ph.D. “Oh, you probably got into that program because you are half black.” I heard many statements like this while applying for, and attending, college. Usually these were said in a manner-of-fact tone, or alternatively, excited – congratulating me on some perceived rare accomplishment for black people. While I did not detect animosity from the speakers, these types of statements were hurtful … Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk
Welcome to Peer-Recommended Resources, where resources that are shared on the SfHP (Div38) list serve are collected and shared. To let us know what you think about this new initiative, to request a future topic, or to share other resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This month, there were a number of posts on the list serve about relaxation and meditation apps. Thank you to all the … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Relaxation and Meditation Apps
Monika Parikh, PhD Geisinger Health System A common experience of any newly licensed Early Career Professional (ECP) is a desire to demonstrate one’s potential and to be perceived as a competent and confident provider. I think one of the biggest mistakes we can make in our career is to forget the value of consultation with more seasoned clinicians. As an ECP, one of the greatest … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: To Consult or not to Consult?
Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD Chief Policy Officer, Well Being Trust Current debates in public policy continue to focus on health insurance coverage and tax breaks. These two issues are very much related, and our Congress will undoubtedly try to continue to tackle them. One of the problems with focusing primarily on coverage is that it is only one piece to a much larger puzzle of … Continue reading Complexity in Health Care – Redefining Our Approach to Policy
Julia Rubinshteyn, PhD Although mental health disorders affect a lot of Americans, many of those individuals do not seek treatment (Wang et al., 2007). The Veterans Affairs Healthcare System provides a treatment option for patients who experience barriers to attending in-person appointments in the form of videoconferencing technology called telehealth. Telepsychology, which is a form of telehealth, is defined by the American Psychological Association as … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology: Use of Telehealth to Increase Mental Health Services to Veterans
Jason J. Ashe, M.Div., Th.M., Taylor M. Darden, M.A., & Danielle L. Beatty Moody, Ph.D. Department of Human Services Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical, and Community Subprograms University of Maryland, Baltimore County Within the past several months, the idiom “walking on eggshells” has taken on a revived meaning as emotional burdens arise from experiences of race and racism. Indeed, conversations regarding political correctness, racial tensions, … Continue reading Paying Closer Attention to Microaggressions and Their Consequences
David Cosio, PhD, ABPP Jesse Brown VA Medical Center An understanding of the role of health psychology in chronic pain management is fundamental in improving its assessment and treatment. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience.1 Living with chronic pain can be disheartening, so fear, anxiety, and depression is expected. 2 In terms of fear, heightened … Continue reading The Role of Health Psychology in Chronic Pain Management