1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Health Psychology Global and Contemporary Issues

Edited By Robbert Sanderman, Karen Morgan Copyright 2025
    720 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This state-of-the-art handbook provides authoritative, up to date coverage of health psychology topics, offering an excellent, in-depth view of the field. Leading experts provide essential insights into the discipline of health psychology, its roots, future directions, and the networks and organisations involved.

    Structured into eight parts, the book starts with defining health psychology including and providing an important historical overview. Subsequent sections examine theories and methodology, health behaviour, interpersonal relations and health, chronic disease and interventions. The concluding sections tackle the important areas of global health psychology and the future of Health Psychology. The editors and auditors include leading experts in the field as well as early career researchers from over 20 countries across the world. Global representation was a key goal in selecting authors.

    While familiar areas receive ample attention this book strives to put the field of health psychology in context. As well as examining history this book spotlights global issues and explicitly mentions future developments and opportunities. The role of health psychology in the COVID-19 pandemic is considered and there is discussion more broadly on how health psychology can contribute to addressing societal challenges, including how to move forward sharing knowledge more firmly with policymakers.

    This is an essential resource for scholars, PhD students and research master students specialising in the field of Health Psychology.

    Section 1: Defining Health Psychology

    1. History of Health Psychology
    Angel Chater, Francis Quinn, and Val Morrison

    2. Health psychology theories and models of behaviour
    Phoebe Brook-Rowland, Felix Naughton, Vivi Antonopoulou, Marta Marques, and Angel Chater

    3. Health Psychology’s Role within the Biopsychosocial Sciences
    Karen Rodham, Lesley Lewis, Dan Masterson, Rachel Povey, Jenny Scott, Hannah Family, and Angel Chater

    4. Professionalisation of Health Psychology
    Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Julia Allan, Lisa Hynes, Jenny McSharry, Marta Marques, Vivien Swanson, and Angel Chater

    5. Future Directions for the Discipline of Health Psychology
    Angel Chater, Lucie Byrne-Davis, Elizabeth Jenkinson, and Jo Hart

    Section 2: Theories and Methodology

    6. How to work with theories of health behaviour change
    Lisa Marie Warner and Ines Pfeffer

    7. Illness Perceptions and Culture: A Common Sense Model Approach
    Smita C. Banerjee, Shweta K. Chawak, Matsungshila Pongener, and Mahati Chittem

    8. Research Design: Overview and recommendations
    Nicola O’Brien

    9. Measurement in Health Psychology
    Alexandra Lelia Dima

    10. Personality and health: The role of individual differences in theory, methods, and intervention
    Christina M. Juchem and Eva Asselmann

    Section 3: Health Behavior

    11. Defining and specifying health behaviour – Conceptual overview
    Stephan U Dombrowski and Gerard J Molloy

    12. A behavioural perspective on health
    Julia Allan

    13. Understanding multiple health behaviours
    Lena Fleig, Theda Radtke, and Stephan U Dombrowski

    14. The role of health behaviour in obesity
    Elizabeth H Evans, Amy L Ahern, Stephan U Dombrowski, and Milica Vasiljevic

    15. Moving from description to explanation: how well can we explain medication taking behaviour?
    Louise Foley and Gerard J Molloy

    Section 4: Interpersonal Relations & Health

    16. Interpersonal Relationships and Health
    Mariët Hagedoorn and Noa Vilchinsky

    17. Attachment Insecurity Shapes Physiological and Behavioural Responses to Stress: Implications for Couples Coping with Illness
    Paula R. Pietromonaco, and Nickola C. Overall

    18. An Overview of the Impact of Chronic Medical Illness on Sexuality
    Chiara Acquati

    19. Caregiving and Relationships
    Val Morrison

    20. Patient-provider relationships: A linchpin in medical care
    Arnstein Finset

    Section 5: Chronic Diseases

    21. Introduction to Chronic Diseases
    Konstadina Griva and Stanton P Newman

    22. Coping with Symptoms and Treatments
    Frederick HF Chan and Konstadina Griva

    23. The Psychosocial Impact of Chronic Disease
    Evangelos C. Karademas and Yael Benyamini

    24. Self-Management and Adherence in the Context of Chronic Diseases
    She Rui

    25. The Role of Technology in Chronic Illness
    Prof Elizabeth Broadbent and Dr Kate Loveys

    Section 6: Interventions

    26. Introduction: Theoretical foundations of health psychology
    Jemma Todd, Amelia Scott, and Rachel Menzies

    27. Interventions in chronic disease
    Amelia Williams and Amelia J. Lake

    28. Community-based interventions
    Hamsini Sivaramakrishnan, Matthew McDonald, and Eleanor Quested

    29. Health Behaviour Change Interventions
    Barbara Mullan, Caitlin Liddelow, Hayley Breare, and Chloe Maxwell-Smith

    30. Implementation strategies: From lab to field

    Matthew McDonald, Matthew McLaughlin, Joanna C Moullin

    Section 7: Global Health Psychology

    31. An Introduction to ‘Global Health Psychology’
    Bronwyne Coetzee, Rizwana Roomaney, and Lucie Byrne-Davis

    32. What is the state of Health Psychology in the Global South?
    Enoch Teye-Kwadjo, Darlina Hani Fadil Azim, Asma Toorkham, and Jo Hart

    33. Challenges Currently Felt in the Global South
    Vica Tomberge, Asma Toorkham, Enoch Teye-Kwadjo, and Benjamin Ambuehl

    34. Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR): A Research Methodology for Impactful, Culturally Sensitive and Contextually Appropriate Health Psychology
    Benjamin Ambuehl, Richard Appiah, Asma Toorkham, and Irene A. Kretchy

    35. Collaboration and Research Ethics in Health Psychology
    Katherine Sorsdahl, Ifeanyichukwu Anthony Ogueji, and Ashraf Kagee

    Section 8: Current Challenges and Opportunities - The Future of Health Psychology

    36. The future of Health Psychology: Challenges and opportunities in the next decades
    Dominika Kwasnicka and Olga Perski

    37. Well-being across the lifespan: Healthy and happy ageing
    Anne Tiedemann and Cathie Sherrington

    38. Health Psychology in the age of digital health
    Bradford W. Hesse, Jessica M. Lipschitz, David K. Ahern, and Dominika Kwasnicka

    39. Six ways Health Psychology can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation
    Guillaume Chevance and Paquito Bernard

    40. Policy implications – Health Psychology and the case of COVID-19
    Gill A. ten Hoor and Robert A.C. Ruiter


    Robbert Sanderman is emeritus professor of Health Psychology at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. His research is focused on psychological and social adaptive processes in patients diagnosed with a chronic somatic disease (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and COPD) and eHealth interventions. He supervised 70 PhD projects, co-edited several handbooks on chronic disease, and co-authored over 450 publications (articles, book chapters, and books). He has been on board of numerous societies in the field and is a Past President and Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society.

    Karen Morgan has co(authored) over 100 international publications and book chapters as well as 13 National reports and policy briefs. She is a Past President and Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society who has taught health and organisational psychology in a number of countries across the world. Based in Malaysia she has a wide network of international multidisciplinary collaborators from fields as diverse as medicine to computer science and engineering.”