Health Psychology Concentration

Health psychology adopts a broad-based, biopsychosocial perspective in order to: (1) better understand the interplay among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological factors regarding health, wellness, and physical disease; (2) promote and maintain wellness and positive physical health; (3) prevent, treat, and rehabilitate illness and disability, and (4) improve the health care delivery system. The health psychology concentration aims to provide specialty training in order to prepare graduate students for academic and/or clinical positions where the primary focus is on physical health problems.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One health psychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. A health psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. Health Psychology (taken during first year); Behavioral Stress Management (generally taken during third year)
  4. Three advanced electives in health psychology (typically taken during the second and fourth years). Examples of such elective include: Seminar in Mind/Body Studies, Pediatric Psychology, Eating and Its Disorders