Health psychologist

Health psychology uses knowledge of psychology and health to promote general well-being. They also understanding the impact on physical illness.

Working life

Health psychologists are specially trained to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness as well as supporting people who are chronically ill.

They promote healthier lifestyles and try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health. For example, they may help people to lose weight or stop smoking. Health psychologists also use their skills to try to improve the healthcare system. For example, they may advise doctors about better ways to communicate with their patients.

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.

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.

Who will I work with?

Health psychologists work with individuals (including children, adults and older adults) or groups or work indirectly through the development of remote approaches such as media or online interventions.

They may work as part of multi-professional teams including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Where will I work?

Health psychologists work across a range of health care and other providers. Settings can vary from large scale public health programmes to individual or small group consultations.

Health psychologists work in a number of settings, including

Many health psychologists also work in academia, teaching and researching in their area of expertise.

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