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Division of Health Psychology

Message from Karen Rodham,

DHP Chair 2015-17

Contact: [email protected]


Dear DHP Members,

2016 has been a busy and successful year for the DHP.  Your committee continues to work to grow and develop our Devolved Nations committees, and to raise the profile of health psychology and to provide opportunities for training, CPD and learning for our whole DHP membership.

Examples of our work include our collaboration with the EHPS to develop joint CPD opportunities for our members. We are also exploring opportunities to develop reciprocal relationships with the Institute of Health Promotion and Education (IHPE) and the Health Psychology in Public Health Network (HPPHN).

Your 2017 DHP conference will be held in Cardiff (6-8th September). Submissions for posters end on 1st June 2017. Confirmed keynote speakers to date are Prof Jane Ogden and Prof Ann Kazak. See our website for further information.

We are pleased to announce we have four new awards that will be presented at the conference:

Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology Research

Early Career Health Psychology Researcher Award

Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology in Practice

Early Career Health Psychology Practitioner Award

Finally, we are working with the BPS to find a solution to the issue raised at the AGM concerning the criteria for full DHP membership. As and when there is news, we will let you know.

Like many of you, I am looking forward to completely switching off from work for a little while to recharge and re-energise, before returning in early 2017 to continue to move the DHP strategic aims forward. This is only possible with the help of the hard working DHP Committee who volunteer many hours on your behalf. With this in mind, I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to get involved too when we ask for volunteers to help us work towards our goals.

With very best wishes to you all for 2017, may it be full of positivity, fun and laughter.



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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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