Category Archives: Member Contributions

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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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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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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Peer-Recommended Resources: Psychology Podcasts

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 thehealthpsychologist@gmail.com. This month, we asked members to submit suggestions for psychology related podcasts, […]
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Keeping Up with Technology: An Introduction to Creating Apps for Clinical Research Using ResearchKit

Sacha McBain, M.S . University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Intern With approximately 77% of Americans owning a smartphone (Smith, 2017), the potential positive impact of mobile technologies on health and access to care are exciting and varied. Mobile health apps, also known as “mHealth,” represent a growing sector of apps available in […]
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Early Career Professionals Corner: Defining Your Strengths and Areas for Growth as an ECP

By Stephanie Hooker, PhD, MPH As a psychology trainee, I was always working toward the next step. Whether it be finishing my thesis, studying for comprehensive exams, applying to internship, or writing my dissertation, the direction of my career was clearly laid out for me. As soon as I received my PhD, that path became […]
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Get That Foot in the Door: A Partnership Guide to Health Psychologists in Cancer Care

  Ryoka Kim, Ph.D., L.P . Erin O’Connor, Ph.D., L.P. Scott Nyman, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP Launching a new partnership is exciting and filled with potential. In the era of the Patient Centered Medical Home model, successful partnerships are becoming a necessity for health psychologists to survive and shine (Fisher & Dickinson, 2014). However, we often find […]
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Student Advisory Council: Letters to a Pre-Scientist

KayLoni Olson, Student Chair This year at the Society for Health Psychology, we have been guided by our Society President in an effort to harness diversity and enhance our capacity to serve as an inclusive home for professionals and trainees alike. Not terribly long ago, the APA accreditation guidelines were changed to highlight the importance […]
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