Health – (Vancouver and Spokane campus)
Health psychology in the department focuses on how biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural factors impact health and illness. Research in health psychology examines: the causes and development of illness, methods to help individuals develop healthy lifestyles to promote good health and prevent illness, interventions to help people cope with and reduce stress and pain, biopsychosocial connections with immune functioning, and factors in the recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of individuals with serious health problems, including mental health problems. Faculty research interests include: child and maternal health; quality of life in medical populations; mechanisms and clinical treatment of pain; cardiovascular functioning in women; occupational health, well-being, safety; methodological and statistical approaches to health research; neuropsychological substrates of mental and physical health; substance abuse and mental health; applying social psychological perspectives to health behavior motivation and change.
Note that the Health Psychology interest area within the Experimental PhD program does not prepare students to be clinical psychologists. If you are interested in a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, please consult the description of the clinical psychology program.