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Message from Karen Rodham,

DHP Chair 2015-17

Welcome to the DHP Website. This has been my first year in post as Chair.  There is no doubt that this is a demanding role; and it is one that is difficult to fit in around personal commitments and a full time job. Nevertheless, good progress has been made on a number of fronts. For example, we have further strengthened the relationship between the DHP and the Devolved Nations Chairs; we have revamped this website, we are in discussions with the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), the Institute of Health Promotion and Education (IHPE) and the Health Psychology in Public Health Network (HPPHN) to develop reciprocal relationships, and we will be part of an All Parliamentary Psychology Group which is being developed.  Priorities for the coming year include a review of the membership criteria and the continued effort to raise the profile of health psychology. I am looking forward to continuing 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. You can contact me on [email protected]





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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.


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 2017

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