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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 much less clear. Suddenly, I did not have anyone telling … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: Defining Your Strengths and Areas for Growth as an ECP

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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 ourselves left on our own when it comes to relationship-building … Continue reading Get That Foot in the Door: A Partnership Guide to Health Psychologists in Cancer Care

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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 of diversity in every aspect of training. Programs are expected … Continue reading Student Advisory Council: Letters to a Pre-Scientist

Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Hypertension Management: An Initial Pilot in Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration

Aaronson Y Chew, Ph.D., David Talavera, M.A., AnnaMarie Vu, M.A., Kate Zona, Ph.D., & Jean M. Bakey, D.O. Roughly a third of US adults have hypertension, and surprisingly only 54% of these individuals have their hypertension under control (Centers for Disease Control, 2018). Hypertension is often referred to as a “silent killer” because untreated hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are … Continue reading Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Hypertension Management: An Initial Pilot in Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration

Peer-Recommended Resources: Relaxation and Meditation Apps

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, there were a number of posts on the list serve about relaxation and meditation apps. Thank you to all the … Continue reading Peer-Recommended Resources: Relaxation and Meditation Apps

Early Career Professionals Corner: To Consult or not to Consult?

Monika Parikh, PhD Geisinger Health System A common experience of any newly licensed Early Career Professional (ECP) is a desire to demonstrate one’s potential and to be perceived as a competent and confident provider. I think one of the biggest mistakes we can make in our career is to forget the value of consultation with more seasoned clinicians. As an ECP, one of the greatest … Continue reading Early Career Professionals Corner: To Consult or not to Consult?

Complexity in Health Care – Redefining Our Approach to Policy

Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD Chief Policy Officer, Well Being Trust Current debates in public policy continue to focus on health insurance coverage and tax breaks. These two issues are very much related, and our Congress will undoubtedly try to continue to tackle them. One of the problems with focusing primarily on coverage is that it is only one piece to a much larger puzzle of … Continue reading Complexity in Health Care – Redefining Our Approach to Policy

Keeping Up with Technology: Use of Telehealth to Increase Mental Health Services to Veterans

Julia Rubinshteyn, PhD Although mental health disorders affect a lot of Americans, many of those individuals do not seek treatment (Wang et al., 2007). The Veterans Affairs Healthcare System provides a treatment option for patients who experience barriers to attending in-person appointments in the form of videoconferencing technology called telehealth. Telepsychology, which is a form of telehealth, is defined by the American Psychological Association as … Continue reading Keeping Up with Technology: Use of Telehealth to Increase Mental Health Services to Veterans

Paying Closer Attention to Microaggressions and Their Consequences

  Jason J. Ashe, M.Div., Th.M.,  Taylor M. Darden, M.A.,  & Danielle L. Beatty Moody, Ph.D. Department of Human Services Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical, and Community Subprograms University of Maryland, Baltimore County Within the past several months, the idiom “walking on eggshells” has taken on a revived meaning as emotional burdens arise from experiences of race and racism. Indeed, conversations regarding political correctness, racial tensions, … Continue reading Paying Closer Attention to Microaggressions and Their Consequences

The Role of Health Psychology in Chronic Pain Management

David Cosio, PhD, ABPP Jesse Brown VA Medical Center An understanding of the role of health psychology in chronic pain management is fundamental in improving its assessment and treatment. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience.1 Living with chronic pain can be disheartening, so fear, anxiety, and depression is expected. 2 In terms of fear, heightened … Continue reading The Role of Health Psychology in Chronic Pain Management

Advice on Applying for Internship

  KayLoni Olson Chair, Student Advisory Council We sat down with Karen Oliver, PhD  of Brown University’s Clinical Psychology Training Consortium (coordinator of the Health/Behavioral Medicine Track) to better understand how one program approaches the application review process.   Q and A session with Karen Oliver, PhD 1. You are the track coordinator for the Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine track at the training consortium of Alpert … Continue reading Advice on Applying for Internship

Highlights from the Rally for Medical Research

Dawn K. Wilson, Ph.D. Past President of the SfHP The 5th annual “Rally for Medical Research” on Capitol Hill took place on September 14th with over 300 organizations participating.  The American Psychological Association was a strong sponsor of this event and invited me to do advocacy work with a team of patients, NIH representatives, and fellow researchers from the University of South Carolina, and the … Continue reading Highlights from the Rally for Medical Research