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.
This guidance offers recommendations for interventions that can be used to encourage and enable physical distancing
Guidance following your first vaccination dose
This document provides some simple guidance for how you can continue to protect yourself and those around you even after having your first vaccination dose. This is for use for anyone who has the first dose of the vaccine and those delivering the vaccine.
Optimising vaccine uptake for COVID-19
This has information on designing effective public health policies, campaigns, messages and practices.
Changing Behavior in a Pandemic - Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology
A talk by health psychologist, Professor Susan Michie on how to help people change their behavior in a pandemic so as to control the spread of coronavirus.
- Encouraging healthy behaviour
Six new guidance documents produced and published by the BPS, designed to help health officials encourage people to adopt healthy behaviours during the pandemic as it enters its second wave
Behavioural science and disease prevention: psychological guidance for optimising policies and communication
This guidance gives policy-makers and communicators the psychological insight they need to help drive behaviour change in order to minimise the spread of the virus.
Behavioural science and the success of the proposed UK digital contact tracing app for Covid-19
This document explores the practicalities and ramifications surrounding the use of an NHS contact tracing app to help lift the lockdown measures is a time-sensitive matter, and the ways in which ehavioural science must be integrated within both the app itself and associated communication to help ensure that it is fit for purpose.
Encouraging hand hygiene in the community
This document supplements other hand hygiene and behavioural science guidance, and focuses specifically on psychological considerations and the behavioural science to support effective action.
Encouraging self-isolation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
The guidance provided by this document has been informed by our learning from other behaviours (e.g. non-adherence to medication), from relevant psychological theories and from research studies exploring the factors affecting self-isolation in other infectious disease pandemics.
Delivering effective public health campaigns during Covid-19
This guidance aims to optimise public health messaging and its outcomes. It is based on an evidence-based rapid review of the evidence of the factors that may influence people’s responses to public health messages for managing risks and preventing infectious diseases.
The BPS research board have produced a range of resources which you may find helpful
The Society regularly undertakes both internal and external consulations designed to facilitate collaboration and to source expert contributions from our members.
- Read more about the details of all consultations (both those currently active and those which have been completed)
Who can contribute to Consultations?
Anyone! Provided you are a member of the Society, and have some knowledge or experience that is relevant to a Consultation Topic, then your views are valid. Even just a few brief comments can be useful.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to be involved in a current Consultation, please look out for consultation calls via DHP Announcement emails, the BPS website, DHP twitter page or LinkedIn group.
Directors of Public HealthShow content
This leaflet outlines how Health Psychologists improve the public's health through expertise in public health and behaviour change, and explains where Directors can find a Health Psychologist.
GPs and Public Health PractitionersShow content
This leaflet outlines the role of a Health Psychologist and how they can help in primary care and community settings.
Health psychology in applied settingsShow content
This leaflet explains how Health Psychologists can help members of the public, what sort of work they can do, and how to find out more information about them.
This leaflet explains the role of a Health Psychologist for employees, the variety of work Health Psychologists do, and what training a Health Psychologists undertakes.
This leaflet explains for employers what a Health Psychologist is and where they work, how Health Psychologists can help to meet targets and policy initiatives, and the essential qualifications of a Health Psychologist.
This leaflet explains what a Health Psychologist is and does, and gives guidance for anyone considering a career as a Health Psychologist.