What is Clinical Health Psychology?

The specialty of Clinical Health Psychology applies to scientific knowledge of the interrelations among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological components in health and disease to the promotion and maintenance of health; the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness and disability; and the improvement of the health care system.  The distinct focus of Clinical Health Psychology is on physical health problems.  The specialty is dedicated to the development of knowledge regarding the interface between behavior and health, and to the delivery of high quality services based on that knowledge to individuals, families, and health care systems (from CRSPP petition, Archival Description of Clinical Health Psychology).  In theory, training, and practice, professionals involved in the field of clinical health psychology strive to understand the roles of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, and other dimensions of diversity in people's lives.

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