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 ClosedShow 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 are now closed.
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
The DHP are offering the following bursaries to attend the DHP Annual Conference in Bristol on the 23-24 June 2020:
• Up to 2 DHP student bursaries are available that will cover early-bird non-residential two-day registration to the DHP Annual Conference, travel and accommodation.
• Up to 2 bursaries for any DHP members are available that will cover early-bird non-residential two-day registration to the DHP Annual Conference, travel and accommodation.
Applications must be received by 12pm Monday 30 March 2020
If awarded a bursary you will be asked to write a piece for Health Psychology Update (HPU). You will be given support from one of the HPU sub-editors and your work will go through usual peer review procedures. The deadline for submission of your report is Friday 14th August, 2020.
The committee reserves the right not to make bursary awards should no suitable candidates be found.
• Be a DHP member
• Have had a paper/poster/other type of abstract submitted or accepted at the DHP 2020 conference
• Not have received a conference bursary from the DHP in the last 5 years
How to apply:
Click here to submit your application. You will be asked to submit the following information:
1. Your Name and affiliation, and BPS number
2. A brief 500 word statement explaining why you should be awarded a bursary and how you will benefit from the conference. You must also include your BPS number
3. Title, ID number and text of your DHP abstract.
How your application will be reviewed:
1. Eligibility checks on the 3 criteria above will be carried out by the BPS office. Ineligible submissions will not be sent out for review.
2. Your submission will be anonymised before sending to the panel.
3. The panel, compromised of 3 members of the national DHP committee, will review your application on the following criteria:
• Enthusiasm for attending and presenting at a DHP conference.
• Reasons provided of benefits of attending
4. The highest rated submissions will receive bursaries. In the event of equal ratings, the panel will discuss and agree awards.
You will be informed of the outcome of your application by the 10th April 2020
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
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