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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 […]
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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 […]
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2018 SfHP Election Results

The Nominations & Elections Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Larkin, is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Society for Health Psychology elections: Thanks to all the candidates for their willingness to serve, and thank you for voting!  

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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: […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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