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.
On this page you'll find news, updates, and blog articles specifically relevant to the work and interests of the Division of Health Psychology.
Member Network Review
Member Network Review Survey Now openShow content
The BPS is currently running a survey of all members to get your views on our current member network structure, and how it might better serve your needs following the current member network review.
We are interested in hearing from you whichever network you are a part of - or if you aren't currently a member of any. We want to know what is working, what isn't and what changes we can make to enhance your membership.
The survey is open until 8 April, and will only take a few minutes to complete. Have your say and help us to continue building a psychological community which delivers for you.
Recruiting Now! DHP Health Psychology Update (HPU) EditorShow content
We are looking for an editor of the DHP’s Health Psychology Update
The coordinating editor will have responsibility for:
• Overseeing each submission to Health Psychology Update
• Managing the article review process and communicating outcomes to authors
• Collating each issue of Health Psychology Update including the production of the editorial and reviewing each edition of HPU prior to publication
• Managing the bursary, internship and student competition articles in consultation with the DHP Conference Chair.
• Negotiating with the BPS P4P team
• Management of the editorial team, including delegation of tasks.
• The editor is a member of the DHP Communications Sub-committee and will attend the DHP communications teleconferences and selected DHP Committee meetings as required.
The role is expected to be for 3 years.
For full details of the role click here
You’ll be expected to work with the current editor during June 2021 ready to take over the post in July 2021
The deadline for applications is 19 April 2021
Announcing our MSc Health Psychology Research Project Prize Winner!Show content
Every year we celebrate the next generation of Health Psychology professionals through an award for the best project on an MSc Health Psychology degree. Individuals are nominated by their Programme Lead. Competition is usually fierce, and this year was no exception. This year we had 12 entries for the prize, covering a range of health issues. This year the panel were impressed by the excellent work by our MSc graduates, covering important areas such as sleep, hair loss, wellbeing, young people, eating behaviours, rare diseases, sexual health and common but understudied health conditions. Methodologically we had a range of excellent qualitative methods including both interpretative phenomenological analysis and thematic analyses, quantitative analyses including surveys and interventions, and systematic reviews.
MSc Project Prize Winner announced: Congratulations to Sarah Hansen from Northumbria University!
The winning abstract decided by the panel was “An online written benefit finding intervention: investigating the effects on physical and psychological health and the moderating role of perseverative thinking in a non-clinical sample during the covid-19 pandemic” by Sarah Hansen and supervised by Dr Michael Smith.
The chair of the MSc Project Prize panel, Dr Gillian Shorter, Division of Health Psychology Research Lead said “What a fantastic year for our MSc Health Psychology graduates. Although COVID-19 has raised enormous challenges for the next generation of health psychologists and their dedicated lecturers across the UK, the panel were impressed by the quality and contribution of the all prize applicants to the field. Sarah’s work on written benefit finding for wellbeing demonstrates the potential for Health Psychologists to innovate and overcome challenges to promote health using online interventions. We look forward to her talk at the Annual Conference”.
Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
Division of Health Psychology AGM 2021Show content
Call for committee positions
The Annual General Meeting of the Division of Health Psychology will be held on Thursday 24 June 2021 at 1.00pm via Zoom.
You must be signed-in to access the following materials
- Access the Notice for details of the positions calling for (member only)
- Download further information on roles
- Apply for a committee position
- Submit a resolution item
Deadline for your online form is at 12 noon on Thursday 13 May 2021
All nominees must be Full Members of the Division of Health Psychology with voting rights unless otherwise specified.
If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions please email Member Network Services
Division of Health Psychology Northern Ireland AGM 2021Show content
The Annual General Meeting of the Division of Health Psychology – Northern Ireland of will be held on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 1.00pm via Zoom.
Please note the change in AGM time.
You must be signed-in to access the following materials
If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions, please email Member Network Services
Division of Health Psychology Scotland AGM 2021Show content
The Division of Health Psychology - Scotland AGM 2021 will be held on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 1.00pm via Zoom
You must be signed-in to access the following material
- Download the Agenda and Reports (member only)
- Download the DHP Scotland Chairs AGM presentation (member only)
If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions please email Member Network Services.