What is Health Psychology?
Psychologists who strive to understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors influence health and illness are called health psychologists.
The Work Setting of a Health Psychologist:
Health psychologists work in many settings including primary care programs, inpatient medical units, and specialized health care programs such as pain management, rehabilitation, women's health, oncology, smoking cessation, headache management, and various other programs. They also work in colleges and universities, corporations, and for governmental agencies. They may work with many different health care professionals (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers and others) to conduct research, provide clinical assessment and treatment services.
Many health psychologists focus on prevention through research and clinical interventions designed to foster health and reduce the risk of disease!