Health Policy Corner: Supporting Informal Caregivers

By Ranak Trivedi, PhD  and Ambri Pukhraj, MS An aging society places increasing emotional, physical, and financial demands on informal caregivers. These are family members and friends who provide significant, unpaid help to patients suffering from illnesses. This is not a trivial issue since 50 million Americans identify as informal caregivers and together provide $470 billion worth of unpaid services.1 Reliance on informal caregivers is set … Continue reading Health Policy Corner: Supporting Informal Caregivers

Peer-Recommended Resources: Movies and Documentaries

This month, we asked members to submit suggestions and recommendations for chronic illness related movies/documentaries and television shows, for caretakers, patients, students, and professionals. Thank you to all the members who submitted resources. Click the links below, or search for the titles in web browsers. If you would like to share additional resources on this topic, please add them in the comment section below so … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Movies and Documentaries

President’s Column

By Justin M. Nash, PhD We are who we are and who we are is quite remarkable. We, the Society for Health Psychology that is, have membership that is reaching all-time highs (topping out at over 3,400). There are 130 members actively working on 15 councils and committees.   One-hundred and sixteen of our members are involved in editorial roles producing seven different publications and communications. … Continue reading President’s Column

From the Editor’s Desk

By Adrienne A. Williams, Ph.D. When I first became editor of The Health Psychologist, I was pretty nervous about finding contributors for the recurring column “Health Policy Corner” for every issue.  At that time, I did not know very many people working on health policy as it relates to psychology, and it seemed that only a small number of psychologists were activity following and trying … Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

Early Career Professionals Corner: Managing Change in Early Career

By Kristen J. Alston, Ph.D. From undergrad, to nervously awaiting grad school acceptance letters, to managing the gut-wrenching anxiety of match day and relocating to a new city to start internship, to gathering your things and traveling across country for postdoc, to finally settling into your first job…change and uncertainty have become a constant in our lives. However, regardless of how often we are faced … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: Managing Change in Early Career

Student Advisory Council: APA Convention in San Francisco and Campus Representative Program

By KayLoni Olson, PhD Student Chair, Student Advisory Council Like many of you, the Student Council is gearing up for another great year of programming at the annual APA convention. This year in San Francisco we are looking forward to a series of student-specific events to provide concrete opportunities for networking and preparing for internship. Event: Informal coffee and breakfast for SfHP student members Date: Friday … Continue reading Student Advisory Council: APA Convention in San Francisco and Campus Representative Program

Keeping Up with Technology: Enhancing Sleep and Mood in a Hospital Setting Through the Use of Bright Light Therapy

By Azi Ghaffari, Ph.D. and Courtney Cornick, Ph.D. Health psychologists who work in inpatient medical settings may know that poor or irregular sleep at night and subsequent low energy during the day, as well as low mood secondary to prolonged hospitalization, are common problems for hospitalized patients. These problems can be easier to resolve in patients who have short admissions, but more difficult to address in … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology: Enhancing Sleep and Mood in a Hospital Setting Through the Use of Bright Light Therapy

Report from your Representatives to the APA Council of Representatives

As you know, the APA Council meets face-to-face twice a year with the responsibility of setting policy to advance psychology as a science and as a profession with its goals of promoting health, education, and human welfare.  Council met March 8 and 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. There was a 22-item agenda in an agenda book of over 1200 pages. Several major items were debated … Continue reading Report from your Representatives to the APA Council of Representatives

Transformations at APA/APAPO: What do the changes mean for Health Psychology?

By Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D., ABPP, FACHP* If you haven’t heard already, transformational changes are underway at both APA and the APA Practice Organization (APAPO), many of which have significant implications for health psychologists and SfHP.   One of the major changes includes reorganization of the membership dues model, moving from paying APA dues and Practice Organization dues separately to a single dues structure.  As you may … Continue reading Transformations at APA/APAPO: What do the changes mean for Health Psychology?

Health Psych Connections Spotlight: Integrated Behavioral Health Service at a Local Cancer Center

By Joshua C. Eyer, PhD The promise of integrated care is great, but how do you convince an established health system to start a new service and hire new behavioral health providers? Peggy Howland, PhD , faced just this challenge recently and turned to the Society’s Health Psych Connections (HPC) program to get some help. A clinical health psychologist working in private practice in Auburn, Alabama, … Continue reading Health Psych Connections Spotlight: Integrated Behavioral Health Service at a Local Cancer Center

2018 Awards presented by the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38)

Each year, the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) recognizes members for outstanding contributions to the field by presenting awards in Research, Clinical Practice, Education & Training, Mentoring, and Career Service. Award categories were established to acknowledge and appreciate excellence in health psychology across the career span and throughout the field. Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award       Ken Resnicow, PhD, University of Michigan Excellence in … Continue reading 2018 Awards presented by the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38)