Health psychology is the study of psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness, and healthcare. It is concerned with understanding how psychological, behavioural, and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness. Psychological factors can affect health directly. For example, chronically occurring environmental stressors affecting the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis, cumulatively, can harm health
What Will You Learn?
- Demonstrate understanding of the biological, behavioural, cognitive and social determinants of health, and risk factors for health-compromising behaviours and strategies for their modification, across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of individual, group and community-based approaches to the prevention and management of major identifiable health conditions (both acute and chronic).
- Demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate research in health psychology and use this knowledge to explain mind-body interactions to health-care consumers and professionals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inter-professional learning and practice
Models of health psychology and the roles of health psychologists, including in chronic illness & disabilities
Interprofessional learning and collaborative practice
Pain, somatising and conversion disorders in child and adolescent populations
Student presentations related to headaches, obesity, sleep, chronic fatigue syndrome
Models and interventions, injury rehabilitation and compensation
Models and interventions, preparation for surgery, interprofessional collaboration