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Peer-Recommended Resources: Books for Those Facing Terminal Illness

Compiled by Paul T. Korte, Ph.D.   As Health Psychologists, we may encounter individuals with terminal illness and their families. For those that struggle to cope with the news of a potentially devastating illness, educational books on terminal illness may bring comfort, understanding, and acceptance during such a volatile phase in life. We asked our membership for book recommendations to share with patients and families … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Books for Those Facing Terminal Illness

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Health Policy Corner: So Where Do I Start? How to Get Involved in Health Policy

Kristen E. Riley, Ph.D. Want to advocate for specific health policy issues but not sure where to start? Our voices and research and clinical experiences matter and can inform health-related policies. In fact, research informed health policy has been shown to increase public health, reduce rates of chronic disease, and reduce health disparities. Below are some ideas on how to get involved: Write a health … Continue reading Health Policy Corner: So Where Do I Start? How to Get Involved in Health Policy

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Focus on Diversity: #MeToo and Implications for Interdisciplinary Care

  Molly Brady, PsyD; Ava Drennen, PhD; Dawn Jewell, PsyD; Daniel Bruns, PsyD On October 15, 2017, the hashtag #MeToo first emerged on Twitter. Within 24 hours, #MeToo had appeared in over half a million tweets, and in 12 million Facebook posts by 4.7 million people.1 In the weeks and months that followed, a remarkable number of anguished stories were told. This emphasized that sexual trauma and harassment … Continue reading Focus on Diversity: #MeToo and Implications for Interdisciplinary Care

Student Advisory Council: Winter Updates

Aviva Ariel-Donges, PhD, MPH As summer swings into full gear, the Student Advisory Council is hard at work on behalf of the Society’s student members. Read below for a brief overview of our current projects and be on the lookout for our newest group of Student Advisory Council committee co-chairs and Campus Representatives, who start in August following the 2019 APA Convention. Emerging Student Leader Travel … Continue reading Student Advisory Council: Winter Updates

Early Career Professionals Corner: Embracing My Identity: A Journey Towards Cultural Humility

By: Danika S. Perry, PsyD In recent years, multiple terms have been used to describe approaches to addressing cultural differences that fuel social injustices. Cultural humility has had the most profound impact on my developing identity and journey as an early career psychologist (ECP). Cultural humility involves a lifelong commitment to reducing power differentials through perpetual self-evaluation and active engagement in respectfully learning from others, … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: Embracing My Identity: A Journey Towards Cultural Humility

Big Apple Health Psychology Colloquium

Irina Mindlis, MPH Doctoral Student, Health Psychology & Clinical Science Doctoral Program in Psychology, The Graduate Center of CUNY In the New York City area, there are at least five doctoral Psychology programs with a health emphasis. Many other programs are home to students conducting health psychology research. And yet, by the end of my first year of graduate school, I did not know the … Continue reading Big Apple Health Psychology Colloquium

What is Health and Wellness Coaching? How does it compare to Health Psychology?

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?

Developing Health Policy Briefs to Bridge Research to Policy Translation Gaps

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

Keeping Up with Technology – Biofeedback: A Technology for Social Justice

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

Peer-Recommended Resources – Public Domain Measures

Compiled by Paul T. Korte, Ph.D. We asked you, our members, what public domain assessment measures you prefer in your practice. As healthcare increasingly encourages measurement-based care, health psychologists can utilize these free screeners as they are brief and simple to administer. The list below encompasses common measures used by health psychologists and we have included related empirical studies for additional information. If you would … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources – Public Domain Measures

Student Advisory Council – Winter Updates

Aviva Ariel-Donges, MS, MPH, Student Council Chair The SfHP Student Advisory Council has been working hard this winter on behalf of our student members. Read below for a brief overview of what we have been up to! Student Council Website Changes: We are thrilled that the student section of the SfHP website has been overhauled to include many more professional development resources for health psychology … Continue reading Student Advisory Council – Winter Updates

Teaching Patients How To Be Effective Patients: A Pain Clinic Project

Paul Schneider PhD, ABPP Disturbing declines in patients’ engagement with providers appear to negatively affect patients and providers, from my observations after over 35 years working within a variety of health care systems. Providers make the grossly inaccurate assumption that patients know how to play the patient role in the treatment team. This assumption often results in the patient too often seen as “non-compliant”, when, … Continue reading Teaching Patients How To Be Effective Patients: A Pain Clinic Project