What areas of research does a health psychologist study?

Health psychology focuses on how biological, social and psychological factors influence health and illness. Health psychologists study how patients handle illness, why some people don’t follow medical advice and the most effective ways to control pain or change poor health habits.

Do health psychologists do research?

That’s where the skills of health psychologists can help. From working in clinical settings to conducting research and influencing health care policy, health psychologists measure the impact of behavior on health and create ways to help people make the behavior choices that induce good health and prevent illness.

What is the difference between clinical psychology and health psychology?

Although both clinical and health psychologists often examine mental health, the field of clinical psychology primarily focuses on diagnosing, understanding, and treating mental disorders, whereas health psychology examines the bidirectional relationship between mental and physical health.

What can I do with health psychology?

6 Top Careers for Health Psychology MSc Graduates

  • Health Psychologist (more senior – e.g. Band 8a, 8b)
  • Registered Health Psychologist (after completing Stage 2)
  • Health Psychology Researcher.
  • Academic (PhD, teaching)
  • Applied/Chartered Psychologist.
  • Psychological Therapist.
  • Public Health Expert/Advisor.

Is health psychology a growing field?

Health psychology is a quickly growing field. As an aging population requires more and more health treatments, professionals in health psychology are more and more in demand.

What is a good research question for mental health?

What are the benefits and risks of delivering mental health care through technology instead of face-to-face and what impact does the removal of face-to-face human interaction have? How do certain mental health conditions (e.g. depression) affect how people engage with technology?