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Division 8: Health Psychology

Welcome to the webpage of Division 8 Health Psychology. Health psychology focuses on psychological processes that are related to the promotion, maintenance and rehabilitation of health, and the avoidance of and coping with illness (e.g., Matarazzo, 1980). Prominent fields of health psychological research are for example explaining, predicting and changing health-relevant behavior and the coping with stress and illness. 

In line with IAAP’s article 1 of its constitution "...to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication about applied psychology around the world", Division 8 Health Psychology aims at connecting health psychologists around the world. 

Our division was founded in 1986, the first divisional president was Richard Evans. Division 8 is currently the second largest division of IAAP, our members come from all parts of the world.

President: Sonia Lippke

President-Elect: Yiqun Gan

Past President: Urte Scholz

Secretary:  John de Wit


On this divisional webpage you will find information on the Executive Committee of the Division, on our activities reported in the divisional annual reports and newsletter inputs and on upcoming conferences. 

We very much welcome your active participation in the Division. If you have interesting information to share with other members, please contact our Secretary John de Wit, for your feedback and / or input.


Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing – Call for Papers for Special Issue (June 14, 2021 Deadline)

Professor Lisa Marie Warner (Medical School Berlin) and IAAP Division 8 President Professor Sonia Lippke (Jacobs University Bremen) are editing a special issue of APHW , entitled Loneliness and Health: Understanding and overcoming challenges in times of crisis and beyond. Abstracts for a potential contribution can be submitted until 14 June. The call for papers can be found here.


Call for Papers

Vaccines: special issue on Psychological Aspects of Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake; Principles and Empirical Strategies, edited by Efrat Neter & Karen Morgan
You are invited to contribute an original report, observation or review, highlighting (i) prevalence of acceptance, hesitancy or refusal to accept a COVID-19 vaccine; (ii) associated attributes or factors driving hesitancy or refusal ranging from the personal and relational to the community and cultural; (iii) experimental work testing intention/behavior change in relation to the uptake vaccination; and (iv) the influence of media on the decision-making process—from literacy to social media.
The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 August 2021. Click here for more information.


Upcoming Division 8 Webinar

Mobility, Migration and Mental Health: Translation to Action, presented by Division 8, as part of the IAAP webinar series.
The goal of the roundtable discussion in this webinar is to discuss important issues related to mobility, migration and mental health worldwide. The aim is to share and enhance our understanding of the related psychological and behavioral research and practice, and facilitate efforts to further develop research and responsive programs and policies that reflect current science.
The webinar takes place on 22 April, from 13:00-14:00h (UTC). Click here for more information and your local webinar time.


Psychology Day at the United Nations

The 14th Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations takes place on 15 April 2021. The webinar Psychological Contributions to Building Back Better in a Post-Pandemic World includes a contribution by health psychologist Molly Byrne (national University of Ireland).
For more information, go to PsychologyCoalitionUN.