Health Behaviour and Theory

1. Health Behaviour Models

The application of theoretical models (e.g., social cognition models, dual process models) to the to the prediction of health behaviour and and health behaviour change;  research on health behaviours

2. Health Behaviour Change Interventions

Theory-based interventions aimed at health behaviour change

3. Self-Regulation in Health and Illness

Contributions related to goal or self-regulation theory, including self-determination theory, the common sense model and illness perceptions

4. Individual Differences and Health

Individual difference variables in relation to health and illness

 Health Psychology and Illness/Biological Psychology

5. Coping with Chronic Disease

Coping with chronic disease and its consequences (except interventions, see “Interventions in Chronic Disease” track

6. Interventions in Chronic Disease

Interventions delivered to people diagnosed with chronic disease or high risk groups (e.g., hypertension, obesity), focused on quality of life and/or health behavior.

7. Stress, Physiology & Health

The influence of psychosocial demands and resources on biological systems (including psychoneuroimmunology, endocrinology, cardio- vascular psychophysiology and neurophysiology), emotional distress, coping and health outcomes (except coping with chronic illness, see “Coping with Chronic Disease” track).

8. Coping with Pain and Psychosomatic Issues

Health and illness related issues associated with pain or psychosomatic issues (except interventions, see “Interventions in Chronic Disease” track).

Health Psychology Across the Lifespan/Family

9. Health, Families, and Children

Issues in health and illness associated with development of children and adolescents and with family relations

10. Well-being and Quality of Life Across the Lifespan

Health, illness and positive aspects such as positive emotions, life satisfaction, and functioning

11. Health Psychology and Ageing

Issues in health and illness with a focus on older age and/or ageing (e.g., disability), including research on healthy ageing

12. Social Support, Caregiving, and Health

The influence of social support and caregiving on health outcomes (of recipients and/or providers).

Health Psychology and Health Systems

13. Public Health and Health Promotion

Public health interventions delivered to a group or population, including environmental interventions and interventions at the worksite (for work and health, see “Occupational Health” track)

14. Implementation & Health Services Research

Theory, methods, and evidence to promote the uptake of research findings into routine clinical work with patients and family members, and in organisational or policy contexts. Quality of health care, medical performance and medical mistakes in clinical practice.

15. eHealth and mHealth

The use of information technology, social media, or mobile and wireless devices in health psychology research and interventions

16. Occupational Health

Research on the influence of work and organisational factors and environments on health and disease

 Health Psychology in Context

17. Health Care Communication, including Risk Perception

Communication with health professionals (e.g., doctor-patient), including perception and communication of health risk (e.g., genetic risk and procession of health-risk information).

18. Culture, Social change and health

Cultural or socioeconomic aspects of health and illness, and health effects of social change; critical health psychology.

19. Health inequalities, climate change and sustainability

Psychosocial and health impact of climate change including exacerbating inequalities; behavior change for preserving the environment, mitigating negative consequences of climate change and ensuring sustainable development.


20. Methodology

Methodological issues in health psychology – techniques, analyses, and critiques, including research on recruitment, informed consent and retention.