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What is health psychology? The goal of health psychology is to study scientifically the psychological processes of health, illness and health care. The aim is to apply health psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation, the prevention of illness and disability and the enhancement of outcomes of those who are ill or disabled. In addition there is a common purpose within health psychology of developing professional skills in research, consultancy and teaching and training.
The Division of Health Psychology (DHP) promotes the professional interests of health psychologists.