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Message from Jo Hart,

DHP Chair 2017-19

Contact: [email protected]

Dear all. September is a time of change for so many of us – new students, new starts. It is also the time of year when the DHP holds our AGM. I have just started as Chair of the DHP and a number of our committee members have been elected or co-opted. I am delighted to have been elected and looking forward to representing the membership. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the AGM and for your ideas and contributions during and after the meeting. I have also had the opportunity to catch up with a number of you at other meetings.

At the AGM, I said that I thought we needed to take stock. Health psychology in the UK is increasingly diverse and our roles in research and practice are becoming more varied (and exciting), and our impact nationally and internationally continues to grow. These are challenging times though, and we need to work out how we can best represent our members.

My predecessor, Karen Rodham, achieved much in her 2 year tenure – including a rule change for those with a PhD in health psychology – who will now be able to become full members of the division. I am looking forward to welcoming our colleagues.

The committee will meet in November where we will review where we currently are; and think about key priorities going forward. Please do get in touch with me with thoughts.

Best Wishes




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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.