Mind over Matter Health Psychology Q&A

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Mind over Matter Health Psychology Q&A


What is health psychology?

Health psychologists are researchers, teachers and consultants across the healthcare spectrum from health education and promotion to the management of disease and disability, policy formation and the improvement of the health system.

Is health psychology the only field of psychology in the health sector?

There are opportunities for every kind of psychologist. By far the biggest expansion, however, has been in health psychology itself, although posts are not necessarily advertised as being for "health psychologists". Employers may request applications from psychologists with other relevant skills, such as clinical or counselling psychologists.

What do health psychologists do?

Some typical examples include:

V Using psychological theories and interventions to prevent damaging behaviours, such as smoking or drug abuse, and to change health-related behaviour in community and workplace settings.

V Promoting and protecting health by encouraging exercise, healthy dietary choice, teeth brushing and health checks.

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