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Division of Health Psychology

Awards and Funding

Summaries of our awards and bursaries can be found below. For further information download the accompanying criteria and form or contact our Support Officer.

Details of past recipients of DHP awards can be found by following the relevant links on the left of this page. 

HP Outstanding MSc Thesis Award

APPLICATIONS have now closed - nominations for 2017 will open later in the year.

Congratulations to this year’s winner:

 Holly Bear – King’s College London

Thesis title: A cross-sectional investigation of the cognitive, behavioural and affective factors associated with fatigue severity and fatigue-related impairment in paediatric multiple sclerosis

This year the panel chose two worthy runners up, congratulations to:

Malcolm Bray – City University

Thesis title: Exploring the experience of being diagnosed with dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) study 

Hannah Long – The University of Manchester

Thesis title: The factors that influence mothers’ experiences of bereavement following stillbirth: a secondary analysis


Research Seminar Grant  

Applications have closed for 2017, details of the 2018 grant will be released early next year.

Up to Two grants of up to a total of £1,000 are awarded for a one day research seminar focused on understanding psychological processes in any area of health psychology.

Congratulations to

Dr Suzanne McDonald (Newcastle University) and Prof.  Derek Johnston (University of Aberdeen) who are this years grant recipients. The award will go towards their proposed research seminar titled: ‘Making it personal’: Developing and advancing methods for personalised behavioural medicine.

 DHP Awards  - *Now Closed*

Nominations for the DHP research or practitioner awards are now closed, deatils for next years nominations will be released in March 2018.  


Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology Research:  This award is aimed at health psychologists and celebrates those who have made unusually significant and sustained contributions to health psychology research.

Early Career Health Psychology Researcher Award: outstanding contribution to health psychology research within the first 10 years of their career.


Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology in Practice: This award is aimed at psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice in the United Kingdom.

Early Career Health Psychology Practitioner Award: outstanding contribution to the development of health psychology practice within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified health psychologist.


Annual Conference Bursaries * Now closed*

Each year we offer a small number of bursaries which cover the conference registration free and contribute towards  travel and accommodation costs.

Deadline: applications have closed for this years bursaries,details of the 2018 bursaries will be avaliable next year.



Public Engagement Grant *Now closed*

One grant of up to £500 can be awarded for a public engagement event aimed at raising the public profile of health psychology amongst those with low prior knowledge of the discipline. It is at the committee's discretion how many grants are awarded and for how much.

Deadline:this grant has now closed next years grant will be open April 2018

Congratulations to  Dr Katherine Finlay from the University of Buckingham who has been awarded £500 grant towards an event titled: Creating a multi-purpose pop-up lab: Exploring role of health psychology in the context of pain management