The goal of health psychology is to study the psychological processes underlying health, illness and health care, and to apply these findings 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 for those who are ill or disabled.
Awards & Funding
Practitioner Awards - 2019 nominations will open soonShow content
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:
Given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of health psychology practice within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified health psychologist.
Research Award - 2019 Nominations Now OpenShow content
Outstanding MSc Health Psychology Research Project
The DHP invites BPS accredited MSc Health Psychology course leaders to nominate the MSc student with the highest grade for their research project. It is expected that award winners will not only have an outstanding MSc project, but will also have the potential to translate this work into a peer-reviewed publication. Work can be in any area of health psychology.
Nominations for this award will first be reviewed by the Research Sub-Committee via the abstracts submitted, judged on appropriate length, quality, clarity and original contribution to the field of health psychology. Following this review process, shortlisted nominees will be contacted via e-mail and asked to send in their full MSc thesis. This will then be judged on the following criteria on a 0-5 point scale:
1) Clear and concise structure2) Original contribution to the field of health psychology3) Critical appraisal of the literature4) Depth of knowledge5) Detailed methodology 6) Depth/appropriateness of analysis 7) Strong and relevant conclusion
The MSc research project with the highest number of points will be awarded the DHP Award for Outstanding MSc Health Psychology Research Project.
NOTE: Nominations must come from MSc Health Psychology Course Leaders. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Deadline for submission of nominations: 17.00 on 9th December 2019
Nominations must be submitted online by clicking here.
Applications will be considered by members of the DHP committee including the Research Lead.
The award winner will be expected to write a brief overview of their work for Health Psychology Update and if they are able to attend, to present their paper as an oral presentation at the DHP conference. The award will be presented at the DHP Conference. Unfortunately, there are no funds to support attendance at the conference from DHP.
The DHP reserves the right not to make an award if no suitable nominations are received.
Previous Award WinnersShow content
Award for Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology
Professor Susan Michie (University College London)
Award for Early Career Researcher
Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Starling)
Dr Joe Chilcot (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London)
Award for Outstanding Contribution Health Psychology Practice
Dr Nicky Thomas (Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research
Professor Ronan O'Carroll (University of Stirling)
Professor Jane Wardle (University College London)
Award for Oustanding MSc Thesis
Holly Bear (King’s College London)
2017 Runners Up
Hannah Long (The University of Manchester)
Malcolm Bray (City University)
Olga Peski (University College London)
Sarah Higgins (Staffordshire University)
Hollie Young (University of Bath)
Lai Siew Tim (University of Starling)
Miroslava Koseva (Bath University)
2013 Runners Up
Vanessa Lee (King’s College London)
Lua Olgahere (University of Ulster)
Early Career Health Psychology Practitioner Award
2017 Dr Daniel Masterson (Health Psychologist at HAPPIA)
Annual Conference BursariesShow content
Each year we offer a small number of bursaries which cover the conference registration free and contribute towards travel and accommodation costs.
*You must have had a poster or presentation submission accepted for the conference to apply for the bursary.
Public Engagement GrantsShow content
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.
Applications for 2018 have now closed.
Research Seminar GrantShow content
**Extended until 12 April 2019**
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.
Previous Grant RecipientsShow content
Public Engagment Grant
Dr Katherine Finlay, University of Buckingham
Creating a multi-purpose pop-up lab: Exploring role of health psychology in the context of pain management
Dr Debbie Smith & Dr Melissa Noke, University of Manchester
Health psychology and Manchester: What is happening in Manchester and how can it help you?
Raluca Matei (Royal Northern College of Music) & Dr Benjamin Gardner Sood (King's College London)
"Performing Health Psychology: raising awareness of health psychology among orchestral players"
Professor Karen Rodham & Dr Rachel Povey (Staffordshire University)
"Capturing the essence of Health Psychology": An image competition open to health psychology practitioners, academics and trainees
Professor Anna van Wersch & Kate Greenwell, Teeside University & North Tyneside General Hospital
Health Psychology work experience programme for MSc Health Psychology and A-Level psychology students
Reema Sirriyeh, University of York
Educational workshop for A Level Psychology students: Applying a model of occupational stress to the experiences of health professionals
Research Seminar Grant
Dr Suzanne McDonald (Newcastle University) and Professor Derek Johnston (University of Aberdeen)
‘Making it personal’: Developing and advancing methods for personalised behavioural medicine
Raluca Matei (Royal Northern College of Music), Dr Benjamin Gardner Sood (King's College London), Professor Jane Ginsborg (Royal Northern College of Music) & Professor Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music)
"The role of health psychology in the promotion of health among music students"
Kristina Curtis (The University of Warwic) & David Crane (University College London)
Development and evaluation of mHealth interventions
Dr Angeliki Bogosian (King's College London) & Dr Liesbeth van Vliet (Kings College London)
Long-term conditions in children: diagnosis, management and palliative care
Dr Eleni Vangeli, Dr Sinead NiMhurchadha & Fabiana Lorencatto, Atlantis Healthcare & NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, UCL
Optimising chronic illness self-management: identification, development and synthesis of behaviour change techniques
Dr Debbie Smith, University of Manchester
Health inequalities in maternity care: exploring the role of health psychology to improve women's health