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A Letter From the President

Dear Society for Health Psychology Colleagues: As we mark the year anniversary of the COVID pandemic in the United State and its devastating impact across the world, I think of the loss of family, friends and colleagues, the disproportionate consequences for communities of color and women, and of the individuals who are now coping with the late effects of this powerful virus. I also worry … Continue reading A Letter From the President

A Chronic Disease Researcher’s Takeaways from “Health Psychology in the Time of COVID”

Ali A. Weinstein, PhDDirector, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability Associate Professor, Department of Global and Community Health SystemSenior Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-BeingCollege of Health and Human ServicesGeorge Mason University The recent editorial that appeared in Health Psychology, “Health Psychology in the Time of COVID-19”(Freedland et al., 2020), was thought-provoking for many reasons. I am currently serving as the … Continue reading A Chronic Disease Researcher’s Takeaways from “Health Psychology in the Time of COVID”

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SOS: Asking for Help as an ECP

Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD, LCSWLicensed PsychologistUniversity of Pennsylvania To say this past year has been rough is an understatement.  As an early career psychologist, working from home and monitoring a seven year old during virtual schooling and a three year old ball of energy, I have certainly had my moments of insanity.  I have learned a lot about myself with the biggest lesson being that I … Continue reading SOS: Asking for Help as an ECP

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Insomnia Assessment and Treatment is an Essential Competency for Health Psychologists

Jessee R. Dietch, PhDAssistant ProfessorSchool of Psychological Science, Oregon State University Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, and its prevalence may be on the rise (Pandey & Phillips, 2015). Insomnia symptoms are experienced by between 30-50% of the general population (Ellis et al., 2012). The prevalence of chronic insomnia, defined by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and associated daytime functioning impairments occurring … Continue reading Insomnia Assessment and Treatment is an Essential Competency for Health Psychologists

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Developing a Workplace Ally: From Friendship to Social Justice

Krithika Malhotra, PhDMargaret Smith, MDUniversity of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health This is a story of allyship, friendship, and how collaborative relationships can change the systems in which we practice. It emphasizes the meaning of connection, being open to different perspectives and moving toward shared values and goals. This is a story of two women of color, from different cultures … Continue reading Developing a Workplace Ally: From Friendship to Social Justice

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What’s Inside

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS Clinical Health Psychologist Spine Wellness Center Ayer Neuroscience Institute Institute of Living, Hartford Healthcare  Welcome to the Spring Issue of The Health Psychologist! From tips on how to talk to your supervisor about workload to available training on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia- this issue is all about you! In this issue you will read about how you can improve your work-life … Continue reading What’s Inside