Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC The growing need to prevent and improve the lifestyle behaviors that drive chronic disease has brought about new roles in health care including that of health and wellness coaching (HWC). As use of terms such as “health coach” has spread, so too has the need to clarify the definition of “coaching.” Health professionals routinely “educate and advise” patients, according to … Continue reading What is Health and Wellness Coaching? How does it compare to Health Psychology?
Joanna Buscemi, Ph.D. Have you ever wanted your work to have a greater impact? Certainly, the field of health psychology has been responsible for many advances in health, such as developing evidenced-based interventions for people with chronic illness and spearheading efforts to prevent disease through health behavior change programs. We are fortunate that many of us can see this impact first hand either through clinical … Continue reading Developing Health Policy Briefs to Bridge Research to Policy Translation Gaps
Molly Brady, PsyD & Ava Drennen, PhD The obligation and opportunity that psychologists have to promote the wellbeing of those we serve through respect, fairness, and consideration of diversity issues is a guiding and foundational principle of our field (American Psychological Association, 2017). There are numerous examples of technological innovations offering psychologists new opportunities to promote social justice and reduce inequalities. This discussion, however, has … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology – Biofeedback: A Technology for Social Justice
I am honored to run for President of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP). Division 38 has been my professional home for decades. The SfHP is a dynamic, growing and diverse organization responsible for advancing health psychology as a field, and for promoting the importance and translation of this psychological science. SfHP leadership is essential as we face threats to research funding, clinical training and … Continue reading President-Elect Candidate – Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP
I am honored to be nominated for a seat on the APA Council of Representatives (CoR) for the Society for Heath Psychology (SfHP). SfHP Council representatives have a timely opportunity to craft and promote a CoR health agenda consistent with APA’s health-related goals. CoR can advance policy that can significantly impact preventable health threats for the public; promote the unique contributions of health psychology research; … Continue reading APA Council Representative Candidate – Kathleen S. Brown, PhD
I interviewed a young Iranian immigrant for our medical school today. Alone here since age 16, he wants to learn the biopsychosocial approach to help him “reduce health disparities” and be “an agent for peace and equality.” Our long talk focused on the importance of psychology and self-awareness to improve individual, family, community, and global health. This conversation reminded me of the countless opportunities that … Continue reading APA Council Representative Candidate – Susan H. McDaniel, PhD