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 professional role of health psychologists. If you would like to … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Members’ “Must Have” Health Psychology Books

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 and secure the future of our profession. By more systematically … Continue reading Student Advisory Council: Promoting Inclusive Excellence

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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 the attention to these often-ignored issues, there is a hidden … Continue reading Health Policy Corner: Interventions for the Opioid Crisis Must Address Structural Stigma

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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, which she did not share, that avoiding any possible threat … Continue reading Singlism in American Medicine: Patients without Partners Face Stereotyping and Discrimination

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Early Career Professionals Corner: To Participate or Not to Participate? The Benefits of Leadership Training Programs for ECPs

Kathryn M. Jones, PhD Cleveland Clinic Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health As Early Career Psychologists (ECPs), we face many new challenges as we embark on our professional lives. Building a practice, making connections with other professionals, and figuring out what work-life balance looks like outside of the confines of graduate school and training require special attention during this phase of our careers. With all these … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: To Participate or Not to Participate? The Benefits of Leadership Training Programs for ECPs

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 worth of unpaid services.1 Reliance on informal caregivers is set … Continue reading Health Policy Corner: Supporting Informal Caregivers

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 topic, please add them in the comment section below so … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Movies and Documentaries

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: Informal coffee and breakfast for SfHP student members Date: Friday … Continue reading Student Advisory Council: APA Convention in San Francisco and Campus Representative Program

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 who have short admissions, but more difficult to address in … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology: Enhancing Sleep and Mood in a Hospital Setting Through the Use of Bright Light Therapy

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 dues separately to a single dues structure.  As you may … Continue reading Transformations at APA/APAPO: What do the changes mean for Health Psychology?

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, both for professionals and patients. Thank you to all the … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Psychology Podcasts

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 the Apple App Store and in Google Play, with a … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology: An Introduction to Creating Apps for Clinical Research Using ResearchKit