Becoming a Health Psychologist provides an overview of the different training paths students can take to prepare themselves for graduate school and careers in the field of health psychology.
You’ll find tips on how to choose and apply for graduate programs as well as numerous practical examples such as emails to potential advisors and questions to ask during interviews. Throughout, the authors provide examples of different health psychology careers, along with references, resources, and first-hand experiences. It details what is involved in becoming a health psychologist, what a health psychology career entails, and how to reach that goal.
The inclusion of tips from a diverse group of successful students, early career, and senior health psychologists makes this book an invaluable resource for anyone looking to start their career or for advisors who are counselling students about career choices. For many readers, this book may serve as "the mentor they never had".
Table of Contents
Foreword by Robert D. Kaplan
Chapter 1 What Is a Health Psychologist?
Chapter 2 Training Options for Health Psychologists
Chapter 3 Preparing for Graduate School in Health Psychology
Chapter 4 Applying to Graduate Programs in Health Psychology
Chapter 5 What to Expect in Graduate School in Health Psychology
Chapter 6 Managing the Stresses and Challenges of Graduate School in Health Psychology
Chapter 7 Professional Development
Chapter 8 The Clinical Predoctoral Internship
Chapter 9 Planning for Your Career in Health Psychology After Graduate School
Tracey A. Revenson is Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and Director of the PhD program in Health Psychology & Clinical Science.
Patrice G. Saab is a Professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Psychology. She is a past Chair of the Society for Health Psychology’s Education and Training Council.
Peggy M. Zoccola is an experimental health psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio University.
Lara Traeger is a clinical-health psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
"Health psychologists operate in a variety of settings and can take a number of diverse training pathways. Finally, there is a book that answers the most asked question I get in teaching Health Psychology for over 20 years, cleanly unpacking and illuminating how one becomes a health psychologist. I look forward to sharing this with my students, widely and often. The book not only shows students how to get in but what to expect in graduate school. That's not all, walking the health psychology walk, the book also discusses stress and coping in training—this is the complete package." - Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Science, Oregon State University
"As a "senior" member of the health psychology community, I am frequently invited to offer my perspectives on my career choice and path. Finally, in addition to sharing my personal story, I can highly recommend Becoming a Health Psychologist as a definitive source for information about the field and educational and career opportunities, and advice for graduate students and early career psychologists. Four distinguished colleagues provide reliable and actionable guidance and resources, including pearls from others, as a toolkit for anyone contemplating a career in health psychology." - Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychology, Yale University
"As a reflection of the maturity of the field of health psychology, this book provides an outstanding practical guide for those students considering a career in this vibrant field, and for graduate students already on the journey. It takes students through everything from applying to graduate school, getting through graduate school, to starting a career, and highlights all the choices, opportunities, and challenges along the way. Will certainly become the go-to guide for a health psychology career." - Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, Florida State University