Division of Health Psychology

Division of Health Psychology

Message from Karen Rodham, DHP Chair 2015-17

Welcome to the DHP website. This year, as DHP Chair, I will be building on the great work that my predecessor Sasha Cain completed. In addition to implementing the DHP 3-5 year plan, my key priorities include continuing to develop the devolved nation committees and raising the profile of Health Psychology. You can contact me on [email protected]

I am looking forward to working with the DHP Committee and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to get involved too to help us work towards our goals.


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What is health psychology? The goal of health psychology is to study scientifically the psychological processes of health, illness and health care. The aim is to apply health psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation, the prevention of illness and disability and the enhancement of outcomes of those who are ill or disabled. In addition there is a common purpose within health psychology of developing professional skills in research, consultancy and teaching and training.

The Division of Health Psychology (DHP) promotes the professional interests of health psychologists.

We aim to develop psychology as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.

We support our members by providing training and advice, by holding regular events, and by keeping members up to date with the latest divisional news.

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DHP Strategic Objectives

The Division of Health Psychology aims to promote health psychology and the interests of Members of the Division in their activities in health psychology. As a division we work closely with Sections, Special Groups and other Divisions of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and, where appropriate, collaborate with other organisations and individuals with similar interests in the pursuit of promoting health psychology. The committee's current specific aims and objectives are available here.


DHP Annual Conference 2015

16-18 September 2015

Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London