Category Archives: Member Contributions

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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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