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Health Psychology Update

Health Psychology Update is produced by the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) of the British Psychological Society and is designed to serve as a forum for discussion of issues related to the scientific analysis of psychological processes of health, illness and health care and the development of professional skills in research, practice, consultancy and teaching/training.

Health Psychology Update aims to:

  • disseminate information to the membership on behalf of the DHP relating to the training and continuing professional development of health psychologists at all levels of competence
  • stimulate debate among the membership and provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to teaching, research, consultancy and the practice of health psychology
  • disseminate information, which may have an impact on members with respect to changes in national and regional practice and policy

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Twice a year



Health Psychology Update invites contributions from all areas of health psychology including experimental and clinical research, the aetiology and management of acute and chronic illness, research into health behaviours and health promotion and psychological aspects of clinical interventions and the health care system.

Articles may provide a broad overview of a particular area or issue, review the literature and may include original research, study protocols and work on teaching, training, consultancy, practical or professional issues.

We would also like to encourage the submission of book reviews, short research reports, letters, news of members, work in progress and reviews of health psychology-related events. Brief, ‘How to…’ pieces on methodological, recruitment, ethical and practical health psychology issues are also encouraged.

All articles should be clearly written as for an educated but non-specialist audience, with non-technical language and aim to engage the interest of the membership at large. Sexist, racist and other discriminatory or devaluing language will not be tolerated.

Research, review and professional issues articles should be between 4000–5000 words (including tables and references). Event and book reviews, letters and opinions, interviews and brief reports should be no longer than 750 words (excluding references).

All manuscripts should be compiled following APA style and referencing guidelines (please consult the APA Publication Manual). Articles that do not include correct APA references (including DOI, where available) will be returned to the authors for revision before they can be sent for peer review.

Authors are asked to submit their articles as Microsoft Word compatible documents to the Co-ordinating Editor, using the email subject line to indicate the author and brief title of the work being submitted (e.g Bloggs, Interview with Professor Smith). You are encouraged to contact the Co-ordinating Editor or Deputy Editor in the first instance to discuss your ideas about future articles.

All articles should include a front page, giving details of article title, full author names and affiliations and corresponding author contact details. All research papers should include a brief (no more than 200 words) abstract. All other papers should include an up-to-200-word summary.

Review Procedures

Health Psychology Update operates a policy of blind peer review by at least one independent referee for all original articles. Book reviews, letters, conference reports and event reviews are not refereed but evaluated by the Editors. Reviewing is a reciprocal arrangement and all authors will be added to the reviewer database unless they request otherwise.


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