1st Edition

Handbook of Health Psychology

Edited By Tracey A. Revenson, Regan A. R. Gurung Copyright 2019
    558 Pages
    by Routledge

    558 Pages
    by Routledge

    This rich resource provides a thorough overview of current knowledge and new directions in the study of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that affect health, health behavior, and illness. Chapters review the latest theories and research with an emphasis on how research is translated into behavioral medicine interventions. Featuring contributions from top researchers and rising stars in the field, authors provide a theoretical foundation; evaluate the empirical evidence; and make suggestions for future research, clinical practice, and policy.

    The handbook reflects the latest approaches to health psychology today, including:

    • Emphasis throughout on the socio-cultural aspects of health, including socioeconomic status, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age/developmental stage 
    • A new section on emerging areas in health psychology, including behavioral genomics, military veterans' health, and digital health 
    • Coverage of prevention, interventions, and treatment in the applications section 
    • An expansion of the biopsychosocial model across several levels of analysis, including cultural, macro-social, and cellular factors
    • Sustained emphasis on translating research into practice and policy

    The handbook considers the intersections of concepts (behavior change), populations (women's and sexual minority health), cultural groups (African American, Asian American, and Latino), risk and protective factors (obesity, coping), and diseases (cancer, diabetes, HIV), making it essential reading for scholars of health psychology, public health, epidemiology, and nursing. Novices to the field appreciate the accessibly written chapters, while seasoned professionals appreciate the book's deep, cutting-edge coverage.


    Part I: The Foundations of Health Psychology

    1. Health Psychology Rising: The Current Status and Future Directions of Health Psychology Tracey A. Revenson and Regan A. R. Gurung

    2. Major Research Designs in Health Psychology Krista W. Ranby

    3. Measurement in Health Psychology Research Aleksandra Luszczynska, Magdalena Kruk, and Monika Boberska

    4. Designing and Evaluating Health Psychology Interventions Travis I. Lovejoy and Drew Fowler

    5. Biological Processes of Health Theodore F. Robles, Evelyn Mercado, Peter Nooteboom, Jonah Price, and Chelsea Romney

    6. Theories and Interventions in Health Behavior Change Susan Michie, Marta M. Marques, Emma Norris, and Marie Johnston

    Part II: Health Behaviors and Risk Factors

    7. Weight Loss, Obesity, and Health Deanna M. Halliday, Anna E. Epperson, and Anna V. Song

    8. Physical Activity and Health Rick A. LaCaille and Stephanie A. Hooker

    9. Nicotine and Tobacco Use Robin Mermelstein and Kristin Brikmanis

    10. Alcohol Use and Health Joel Erblich

    11. Adherence to Treatment Robert Horne, Amy Chan, and Vari Wileman

    12. Shared Decision Making in Healthcare Michael A. Diefenbach and Sara Fleszar

    Part III: Psychological Determinants of Health

    13. Adjustment to Chronic Illness Michael A. Hoyt and Annette L. Stanton

    14. Personality and Health Timothy W. Smith and Kimberly A. Parkhurst

    15. Stress and Health Tara Gruenewald and Diana Wang

    16. Coping Carolyn Carolyn M. Aldwin, Hyunyup Lee, Soyoung Choun, and Sungrok Kang

    17. Religion, Spirituality, and Health Crystal L. Park and Lauren M. Carney

    18. Illness Cognitions and Beliefs Elizabeth Broadbent

    19. Aging and Health Charles F. Emery, Jacob D. Landers, and Jocelyn D. Shoemake

    Part IV: Social Determinants of Health

    20. Social Support, Family Processes, and Health Nina Knoll, Urte Scholz, and Beate Ditzen

    21. Socioeconomic Status and Health John Ruiz, Patrick Steffen, Caroline Y. Doyle, Melissa A. Flores, and Sarah N. Price

    22. Gender and Health Lisa Rosenthal and Benjamin Gronich

    23. Sexual Minority Health David M. Frost and Marc E. D. Svensson

    24. African American Health Chris Edwards, John Sollers III, Janice Collins-McNeil, Jessica Miller, Brianna Jones, Camela S. Barker, Lisa Pratt, Dana Jones, Goldie Byrd, Kenyon Railey, and Keith Whitfield

    25. Latino Health Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Sonia Mendoza, and Adria N. Armbrister

    26. Asian American Health Sonia Suchday, Natasha Grujicic, and Zsuzsanna Monika Feher

    Part V: Psychological Issues in Specific Conditions

    27. Chronic Pain Melissa A. Day

    28. Cardiovascular Disease George D. Bishop

    29. Cancer Annette L. Stanton, Timothy J. Williamson, and Lauren N. Harris

    30. HIV/AIDS Sarit A. Golub and Rachel A. Fikslin

    31. Diabetes Vicki S. Helgeson, Jeanean B. Naqvi, Meredith Van Vleet, and Melissa Zajdel

    32. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease Anita DeLongis, Drake Levere, and Ellen Stephenson

    33. Pregnancy Brittain L. Mahaffey and Marci Lobel

    Part VI: Emerging Areas in Health Psychology

    34. Health Neuroscience Peggy M. Zoccola, Alex Woody, and Andrew M. Bryant

    35. Genomics and Behavior Change Jennifer L. Hay, Jennifer M. Bowers, and Jada G. Hamilton

    36. Sleep and Health Eric S. Zhou, Jessie P. Bakker, and Dayna A. Johnson

    37. Sexual Health Sara I. McClelland

    38. Military Veterans Health Ranak Trivedi and Alaina Mori

    39. Mindfulness and Health Jean L. Kristeller

    40. Digital Health Psychology Lucy Yardley, Katherine Bradbury, Tom Nadarzynski, and Cheryl Hunter


    Tracey A. Revenson is Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA.

    Regan A. R. Gurung is the Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, USA.

    "The new edition of the Handbook of Health Psychology by Revenson and Gurung is simply outstanding. Across 40 chapters written by leading experts on many different aspects of health and illness, this remarkable volume provides a very thorough and informative overview of the current state of the science of health psychology."

    Kenneth E. Freedland, Washington University School of Medicine, USA

    "This volume is a tour de force which achieves breadth and depth. It shows the reach of the field of Health Psychology from biological processes to social determinants, and provides both historical grounding and future vision.  It will serve as an important resource to the field."

    Nancy E. Adler, University of California, USA

    "This comprehensive, forward-thinking handbook will be a great asset to the multidisciplinary audience of students learning about health psychology. The chapters focused on specific groups of individuals will be particularly valuable to the next generation of professionals who work in the area."

    David B. Sarwer, Associate Dean for Research & Director of Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University, USA