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 " 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.

Dear Members of IAAP Division 8,

The term of the current board will come to an end shortly. Unfortunately, we cannot meet at a conference this year. That is why we would like to celebrate the hand-over to the next board in an online event WITH YOU.

We believe there are many reasons to celebrate, for instance, we have new board members and you should get to know them, and our new president starts her office and will present some of her plans. Past presidents will also join the event and we put together an exciting program. Thus, we hope that you will join the event, too!

The event will take place July 5 2022 17:00-18:00 (UTC+01:00)  via Microsoft Teams Meeting (Click here to join the meeting). The plan is as follows:

17:00 - Welcome words by the outgoing secretary Prof. John de Wit, master of ceremony         
17:05 - Farewell of our outgoing past president, words by Prof. Urte Scholz                                     
17:10 - Presidential address by Prof. Yiqun Gan                                                                              
17:20 - Award ceremony, words by Prof. Sonia Lippke                                                              
17:30 - Inaugural statement by new secretary Prof. Adriana Baban                                    
17:35 - Inaugural statement by new communication officer Prof. Karolina Zarychta         
17:40 - Exchange with past presidents Prof. Aleksandra Luszczynska and Prof. Ralf Schwarzer as well as the audience, digital toasting                                                                              

We hope you will join online. In case you cannot manage, we will be taping the session and upload it for you. 

Best wishes,
Your current and future board of IAAP Division 8 

Support for displaced children from Ukraine

The story of ‘Olga, Boris and their new friends’ is a therapeutic tale created by more than 20 volunteers to help children refugees cope with their new reality. It is a story of two children and their mother fleeing the war in Ukraine. The book is available online free of charge as an e-book in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English, as well as in an animated form with English subtitles. The originators of this initiative are professor Justyna Ziolkowska from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw, Poland, and professor Dariusz Galasinski from the University of Wroclaw, Poland.

E-Book in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English

Animated video versions of the book: Ukrainian (click here) and Russian (click here)

Call for Papers

We are happy to announce our call for papers for the special issue titled “How do entrepreneurs influence their social environment? New Psychological Perspectives” in Applied Psychology: International Review.

Special Issue description and aim
Over the past couple of decades, entrepreneurship research from a psychological perspective has gained prominence in the multidisciplinary field of entrepreneurial performance. An emerging topic that has received relatively limited attention to date is how entrepreneurs’ characteristics, actions, and experiences potentially impact their stakeholders’ well-being and functioning, which we believe is a rich and intriguing field of investigation. With this special issue, we encourage scholars to investigate the interactions between entrepreneurs and their social environment from a multilevel and temporal perspective, such as cross-level interactions that shed light on contingencies and boundary conditions of certain relationships, or to research paths that may have differential effects in the short or the long term.

Click here for a more detailed description and call for papers.

Submission and Deadlines
Manuscripts can be submitted online in the period July - September 30, 2022. Please direct any questions regarding the Special Issue to the guest editors: Dr Marjan Gorgievski, Dr. Antje Schmitt, Dr Sílvia Costa and Dr. Safal Batra ( 

Guest Editors
Marjan Gorgievski, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Antje Schmitt, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Sílvia Fernandes Costa, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Safal Batra, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, India

Full link to the call for papers.