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