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1st Edition

Handbook of Research Methods in Health Psychology

ISBN 9781138595330
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
470 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this comprehensive handbook, Ragin and Keenan present an all-encompassing analysis of the variety of different methods used in health psychology research.

Featuring interdisciplinary collaborations from leading academics, this meticulously written volume is a guide to conducting cutting-edge research using tested and vetted best practices. It explains important research techniques, why they are selected and how they are conducted. The book critically examines both cutting-edge methods, such as those used in NextGen genetics, nudge theory, and the brain’s vulnerability to addiction, as well as the classic methods, including cortisol measurement, survey, and environmental study. The topics of the book span the gamut of health psychology field, from neuroimaging and statistical analysis to socioeconomic issues such as the policies used to address diseases in Africa, anti-vaxers, and the disproportionate impact of climate change on impoverished people.

With each section featuring examples of best research practices, recommendations for study samples, accurate use of instrumentation, analytical techniques, and advanced-level data analysis, this book will be an essential text for both emerging student researchers and experts in the field and an indispensable resource in health psychology programs.

Table of Contents

  1. Applying Theories in Health Psychology
  2. Deborah Fish Ragin, Yasmin Hussein, Alessia Fichera & Jelani Awai

  3. Statistical Toolbox of Psychology
  4. Michael R. Hulsizer & Linda Woolf

  5. "The Circling Spirits Call us Home;" The Shaman, Marginal Methods, and
  6. Relational Approaches to Healing Research

    Joseph E. Trimble

    Part I- Genetic Studies and Health

  7. Genetics Research Methods
  8. Amel Youssef, Matthew J, Criscione & Julian Paul Keenan

  9. Research Methods in Alcoholism
  10. Maya Crawford, Janet Brenan, Liliia Savilska, Kathleen Chavarria & Julian Keenan

  11. Best Practices for Studying Addiction
  12. Heather Soder, Jessica Hoffman, Constanza de Dios, Troy Webber

  13. Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing in Health Psychology
  14. Matthew Aardema

  15. The Ethics of Genetics Research
  16. Curtis Coughlin, II

    Part II- Physiological Studies and Health

  17. Physiological Research
  18. Matthew J. Criscione, Jordanne Nelson & Julian Keenan

  19. Stress Physiology & Physiometrics
  20. Elana Gloger, Gregory T. Smith & Suzanne C. Segerstrom

  21. Cardiovascular Reactivity & Stress
  22. Chun-Jung Huang, Andy Khamoui, Aaron Slusher, & Brandon G. Fico

  23. Obesity & Nutrition Part II: Physiological Studies
  24. Diana M. Thomas & J. Kenneth Wickiser

  25. Social Networks, Depression & Stress
  26. Rachel Kramer

  27. "Don’t Sweat It!" Neuroimaging Studies of Stress
  28. Ayesha Khan & Sukhvinder Obhi

    Part III- Population Demographics

  29. Neighborhood Studies of Adolescent Health
  30. Deborah Fish Ragin, Yasmin Hussein, Kheyyon Parker & Veronica Julien

  31. Re-evaluating the Social Gradient
  32. Alan Marshall & Valeria Skafida

  33. Chronic Illness- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  34. Leonard A. Jason, Joseph Cotler, Shaun Bhatia & Madison Sunnquist

  35. Gender & Aging
  36. Sabihah Moola & Christo P. Cilliers

  37. Socioeconomic Context of Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors:
  38. Life Course Developmental Research Methods

    Tae Kyoung Lee, Catherine Walker O’Neal & Kandauda A. S. Wickrama

    Part IV- Environmental Studies

  39. Unique Environmental Determinants of Health:
  40. Natural, Physical and Community Factors

    Yasmin Hussein, Stephanie Spero, Alexander Dean Bracken & Deborah Fish Ragin

  41. Multiple Ways of Understanding Vaccine Hesitance and Refusal
  42. Jennifer Reich

  43. Violence and Health Through the Lifespan:
  44. The Critical Role of Childhood Exposures & Developmental Context

    Kathy Sanders-Phillips

  45. Environmental Exposure: Lead Studies
  46. Bryce Hruska & Brooks B. Gump

  47. Geographic Determinants
  48. Joy Obayemi & Roy Hamilton

  49. Climate Change & Public Health
  50. Melinda Weathers & Marceleen Mosher

    Part V- Health Policy and Future Directions in Research

  51. Impact of Health Policy on Outcomes
  52. Jessica Devine, Krystal Lynch, Dennis Savaiano & Heather Eicher-Miller

  53. The Nexus between Behavioral and Health Economics in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Research Agenda
  54. Chris Atim, Ama Pokuaa Fenny, Daniel Malik Achala & John Ele-Ojo Ataguba

  55. Next Generation Genetics
  56. Saeed Yasin & Julian Keenan

  57. Research Methodology and Psychoneuroimmunology
  58. S. Chandrashekara

  59. Nudge Theory

          Ivo Vlaev & Kelly Schmidtke

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Deborah Fish Ragin is Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University. She also served as an American Psychological Association Representative to the United Nations, focusing on the psychosocial impact of HIV/AIDS, and currently serves as a representative to the United Nations for the NGO, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She is the author of "Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (3rd Ed., Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

Julian Paul Keenan is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Montclair State University. He previously served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is the Founding Editor of Social Neuroscience. He has published in Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences.