Health Psychology is a scholarly journal devoted to understanding the scientific relations among psychological factors, behavior and physical health and illness. The readership is broad with respect to discipline, background, interests, and specializations.

Health Psychology is the official scientific publication of APA's Division 38 (Health Psychology).

The main emphasis of the journal is on original research, including integrative theoretical review papers, meta-analyses, treatment outcome trials, and brief scientific reports. Scholarly case studies, commentaries, and letters to the editor will also be considered.

Papers should have significant theoretical or practical importance for understanding relations among behavior, psychosocial factors, and physical health, as well as their application. All papers should emphasize, whenever possible, the translation of scientific findings for practice and policy.

Health Psychology publishes original scholarly articles on topics such as:

  • Contextual factors that may contribute to disease or its prevention
  • Prevention
  • Interfaces among biological, psychosocial, social and behavioral factors in health
  • Assessment approaches in health
  • Health risk and resilience behavior
  • Health promotion
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Couple and family relationships in health
  • Lifespan approaches to health, including those related to older adults
  • Evaluation and dissemination of treatment approaches that target the individual, family, group, multicenter, or community level
  • Ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation in health
  • Health disparities
  • Research methodology, measurement, and statistics in health psychology
  • Implications of research findings for health-related policy
  • Advances in health-related theory
  • Innovations in technology
  • Professional issues in health psychology, including training and supervision
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