4th Edition

Health Psychology An Interdisciplinary Approach

By Deborah Fish Ragin Copyright 2025
    616 Pages 75 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    616 Pages 75 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its fourth edition, Health Psychology takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying health psychology, and offers a comprehensive overview of the subareas within this fascinating subject.

    Fully revised to reflect current research and studies, and now in full colour, it includes new content on the impact of Covid-19, and a greater coverage of health diversity. It unpicks the issue of social inequities in health by addressing how race and social economies have been traditionally confounded. The author achieves this by focusing on five systems that affect individual health outcomes: individual, family/community, social/physical environment, healthcare systems, and health policy. The social ecological perspective on health psychology creates a depth of understanding of the diverse facets of health, and examines health from a global perspective by exploring the impact of infectious and chronic illnesses both regionally and globally. This new edition has been packed with updated statistics and references, as well as helpful video links infused throughout, to actively engage readers in each topic.

    While grounded in psychology, it incorporates perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, environmental studies, medicine, public health, and sociology, and will be of particular interest to undergraduate students in health psychology and public health and for masters’ students of health psychology.

    For additional instructor resources, please visit www.routledge.com/9781032292557, which includes lecture slides, an instructor manual, and testbank.

    1. An Interdisciplinary View of Health

    2. Research Methods

    3. Theories and Models of Health Behavior Change

    4. Global, Communicable, and Chronic Disease

    5. Risky Health Behaviors: Part I

    5. Risky Health Behaviors: Part II

    6. Emotional Health and Well-Being

    7. Stress and Coping

    8. Psychoneuroimmunology

    9. Cardiovascular Disease

    10. Chronic Pain Management and Arthritis

    11. Cancer

    12. Health Care Systems and Health Policy: Effects on Health Outcomes


    Deborah Fish Ragin is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Montclair State University, USA. She served as an Assistant Professor on the faculties of Hunter College, City University of New York, and as Associate Research Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine) before joining Montclair State. She also served as an American Psychological Association Representative to the United Nations, focusing on the psychosocial impact of HIV/AIDS.

    “There is no better health psychology book on the market with an ecological perspective.'

    Ellen Langer, Harvard University, USA.

    ‘Capturing the field of Health Psychology in a single textbook can be quite challenging – the field’s expansive research across multiple fields of study must be balanced with accessible content and student engagement. Dr. Debby Ragin meets this challenge in her newly revised ‘Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach’. This textbook is a perfect blend of theory, concepts and contributions from multiple fields (e.g., Epidemiology), and data-driven examples. Perhaps most importantly, theories and concepts are applied in the form of stories throughout, as well as beginning each chapter with an “Opening Story” and closing with a “Personal Postscript”. This approach is engaging and memorable, moving well beyond the “data dump” found in some textbooks, and helping students find the relevance of this material to their lives.’

    Brooks B. Gump, PhD, MPH; Falk Endowed Professor of Public Health, Syracuse University, USA.

    ‘This new edition caters for the decolonisation of health for illness care and management. The focus on holistic healthcare and diversity, with interesting case studies, puts forward excellent practical integration to theoretical contexts- an ideal for students from various disciplines. The importance of spiritual, emotional, religious, environmental, and cultural contexts for health and wellbeing, emphasises how useful this book is, to understand healthcare behaviours in different global community contexts.’

    Sabihah Moola, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa.

    Praise for the previous edition:

    'Within the pages of Ragin’s Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach, the fascinating complexity of human health is depicted through a social ecological framework that seamlessly integrates the many individual, social, institutional, and structural factors influencing the health of individuals and populations, artfully rendered through accessible coverage of judiciously selected research and illuminating real-world examples, including both historical and current events from across the globe.'

    Susan E. Walch, The University of West Florida, USA.