Category Archives: Member Contributions

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Peer-Recommended Resources: Members’ “Must Have” Health Psychology Books

Compiled by Paul T. Korte, Ph.D. What is that “must have” Health Psychology book on your bookshelf (or wish list)? We asked our membership that very question and received a list of books discussing integrated care, physical health disorders, and more. Some books received many votes and all were viewed as seminal texts in the […]
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Student Advisory Council: Promoting Inclusive Excellence

Aviva Ariel-Donges, MS, MPH This year’s SfHP Student Advisory Council is engaging in a coordinated effort to better address the needs of students from historically underrepresented (and historically under-supported) backgrounds. Like the broader leadership of the Society and APA, we recognize that health psychologists should comprise a heterogenous group in order to best serve our patients […]
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Health Policy Corner: Interventions for the Opioid Crisis Must Address Structural Stigma

Daniel S. Goldberg, JD, PhD University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Twitter: @prof_goldberg Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD Well Being Trust Twitter: @miller7 Health stigma is attracting more attention in research, policy, and public discourse. The opioid crisis in particular has brought issues of mental health stigma and addiction stigma into sharp relief. While we welcome […]
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Singlism in American Medicine: Patients without Partners Face Stereotyping and Discrimination

Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., and Joan DelFattore, Ph.D. Twitter: @belladepaulo   Twitter: @joandelfattore In Doing Harm, Maya Dusenbery describes a breast cancer patient “who wanted a mastectomy but whose doctor objected, saying, ‘But you aren’t married.’” Similarly, Abby Norman writes in Ask Me About My Uterus that doctors limited her endometriosis treatment in accord with their belief, […]
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