Health psychologist

Health psychologists explore people’s attitudes and awareness towards health. Using specialist knowledge and skills, they promote positive changes in thinking and behaviour in areas such as alcohol or drug misuse. 

This page has information on the role of a health psychologist. There is also links to further information. 

Working life

You’ll be part of a rapidly evolving profession that uses the practice and application of psychology to study behaviour relevant to health, illness and healthcare.

Your focus is on public health problems and how people respond to illness. It is possible that these will have been identified by health professionals such as GPs, nurses and rehabilitation therapists and organisations and employers outside the NHS.

Psychological therapies - life skills

Working directly with individuals or small groups, your work will be far-reaching and may involve:

You’ll also use psychological interventions to help self-management of illness and coping with pain or illness. You may also provide information and advice to a range of organisations involved in public health such as the NHS and local authorities.

Where will I work?

Health psychologists work in a number of settings, including

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