Health psychology is a discipline at the intersection of psychology and medicine. Its goal is to conduct scientific research around questions such as: Do psychosocial characteristics contribute to the development and progression of medical illness? What are the mechanisms through which this occurs? How does medical illness affect the well-being of patients and their families?
The primary aim of this graduate program is to train research scientists in the use of basic theories and methods in Health Psychology. Students are expected to pursue the goals of research excellence, effective teaching, and scholarly breadth. Towards fulfilling these goals, graduate students engage in research from the outset of the program, first by working under the close supervision of an advisor and then by assuming a more independent role as specific research interests are formulated. This program does not provide clinical or practical training in Health Psychology; it is intended for students seeking careers in research and teaching only.