Description

Health Psychology® is the official scientific journal of the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association). Its mission is to advance the science and practice of evidence-based health psychology and behavioral medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on psychological, biobehavioral, social, and environmental factors in physical health and medical illness, and other issues in health psychology.

The journal publishes a wide range of original research reports, including observational, experimental, mechanistic, epidemiological, and psychometric studies; treatment development studies; randomized controlled trials including both prevention and treatment studies; and dissemination and implementation research.

It also publishes systematic reviews and meta-analyses, critical reviews of significant issues in health psychology and behavioral medicine, methodological guidance and tutorials, and advances in research methods.

Health Psychology is open to research across the lifespan, studies of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings, and investigations of the reproducibility or generalizability of research on psychological and behavioral factors in physical health and illness. It publishes empirical work across preclinical, clinical, and public health domains, and across all phases of translational health research.

Health Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Kenneth E. Freedland
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Senior Associate Editors

Matthew M. Burg
Yale School of Medicine

David B. Sarwer
Temple University College of Public Health

Statistical Editor

Shelley Blozis
University of California, Davis

Associate Editors

Sarah Feldstein Ewing
Oregon Health & Science University

Ryan E. Rhodes
University of Victoria

Becky Marquez
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Peter G. Kaufmann
University of South Florida College of Nursing

Linda E. Carlson
University of Calgary School of Medicine and Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mary Amanda Dew
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Center and NIMH Center for Late Life Depression Prevention and Treatment

Consulting Editors

Kristen G. Anderson
Reed College

Kristin J. August
Rutgers University, Camden

Simon L. Bacon
Concordia University

Cynthia Ann Berg
University of Utah

James A. Blumenthal
Duke University Medical Center

Beth C. Block
Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Belinda Borrelli
Boston University

Jos A. Bosch
University of Amsterdam

Julienne E. Bower
University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Brondolo
St. John's University

Linda D. Cameron
University of California, Merced

Robert M. Carney
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Laurie Chassin
Arizona State University

Edith Chen
Northwestern University

Alan J. Christensen
University of Iowa

Lisa M. Christian
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Mark Conner
University of Leeds

Rosalie Corona
Virginia Commonwealth University

Alan M. Delamater
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Rodney King Dishman
University of Georgia

Frank Doyle
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Chris Dunkel Schetter
University of California, Los Angeles

Nicole Ennis Whitehead
University of Florida

Shawna L. Ehlers
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Leonard H. Epstein
University at Buffalo

Carolyn Y. Fang
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Richard Fielding
The University of Hong Kong

Marian L. Fitzgibbon
University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Meg Gerrard
University of Connecticut

Peter J. Gianaros
University of Pittsburgh

Frederick X. Gibbons
University of Connecticut

Susan S. Girdler
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeffrey Silvestre Gonzalez
Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Joseph A. Greer
Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Brooks B. Gump
Syracuse University

Peter A. Hall
University of Waterloo

Martica H. Hall
University of Pittsburgh

Michael A. Harris
Oregon Health & Science University

Vicki Sue Helgeson
Carnege Mellon University

Michael Hoerger
Tulane Cancer Center

David M. Huebner
George Washington University

Paul Jacobsen
National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Robert D. Kerns
Yale University

Michaela Kiernan
Stanford University School of Medicine

David S. Krantz
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Hope Landrine
East Carolina University–Brody School of Medicine

Kevin T. Larkin
West Virginia University

Tricia M. Leahey
University of Connecticut

Tené T. Lewis
Emory University

Qian Lu
University of Houston

Linda J. Luecken
Arizona State University

Mark A. Lumley
Wayne State University

Patrick J. Lustman
Washington University School of Medicine and St Louis VA Medical Center

Susan K. Lutgendorf
University of Iowa

Jun Ma
University of Illinois at Chicago

Evan Mayo-Wilson
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kevin D. McCaul
North Dakota State University

Lance McCracken
King's College London

Susan Michie
University College London

Paul J. Mills
University of California, San Diego

Justin M. Nash
University of Connecticut

Sherry Pagoto
University of Massachusetts Medical School

George Dennis Papandonatos
Brown University

Patricai A. Parmelee
University of Alabama

Kenneth Perkins
University of Pittsburgh

Michael Lloyd Perlis
University of Pennsylvania

Keith J. Petrie
University of Auckland

Judith J. Prochaska
Stanford University

Eli Puterman
University of British Columbia

Tracey A. Revenson
Hunter College & Graduate Center, City University of New York

DeJuran Richardson
Lake Forest College and Rush University Medical Center

Alexander J. Rothman
University of Minnesota

John Ruiz
University of Arizona

Thomas Rutledge
University of California, San Diego

Steven A. Safren
University of Miami

Jeffrey F. Scherrer
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Mario Shootman
Saint Louis University

Samuel F. Sears
East Carolina University

Suzanne C. Segerstrom
University of Kentucky

William G. Shadel
RAND Corporation

Paschal Sheeran
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Judith A. Skala
Washington University School of Medicine

George M. Slavich
University of California, Los Angeles

Kevin D. Stein
Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society

Jesse C. Stewart
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Kenneth Tercyak
Georgetown University

Rebecca C. Thurston
University of Pittsburgh

Lara Traeger
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Bert N. Uchino
University of Utah

John A. Updegraff
Kent State University

Corrine I. Voils
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Elissa R. Weitzman
Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital

Denise Wilfley
Washington University School of Medicine

Dawn K. Wilson
University of South Carolina

Richard A. Winett
Virginia Tech

Betina Yanez
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Tamika C. B. Zapolski
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Scope

Health Psychology® publishes original research in health psychology and behavioral medicine, as well as meta-analyses and other systematic reviews, narrative reviews, and methodological papers. Editorials, commentaries, scientific statements, and tutorials are by invitation only.

The journal emphasizes research on psychosocial and behavioral aspects of physical health and medical illness; psychosocial and behavioral risk factors for medical illness; and on biobehavioral and psychosocial approaches to the prevention of medical conditions and the improvement of medical outcomes.

Manuscript Submission Portal

Submit manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system. Manuscripts that do not conform to the instructions may be returned.

Submit Manuscript

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  • Contact our Peer Review Coordinator, Lindsay MacMurray, if you do not receive confirmation of your submission within three business days or an editorial decision letter within three months

Direct any other emails about your manuscript to Lindsay MacMurray.

Cover Letter

The cover letter should state that the authors have followed Health Psychology's Instructions for Authors and that all authors have read and approved the paper.

It should briefly describe how the paper fits within the journal's scope and confirm that it has not been published, is not currently under review elsewhere, and does not contain data that are under review or published elsewhere.

If the report is based on data from a larger study (e.g., an analysis of data from an epidemiological dataset or a secondary analysis of clinical trial data), you will be asked during the submission process to provide references to key publications from the larger study. The cover letter should clarify the relationship between the current paper and the larger study, and briefly explain its novel or value-added scientific contribution relative to previously published papers from the same dataset.

Manuscripts

Style and Length

The manuscript should adhere to APA Style and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts are limited to 30 pages, and brief reports are limited to 12 pages. This includes all parts of the manuscript, including the title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures.

Authors may request permission to submit longer papers if there is a clear justification for exceeding the page limit. Nonessential materials should be placed in an online-only supplement rather than in the manuscript.

Avoid first person adjectives ("I", "we"). Use nonsexist language and "person with a disease or disability" terminology (e.g., "children with diabetes" rather than "diabetic children.")

Title Page

The manuscript's title should be no more than 12 words and should not state an assertion or conclusion. If the paper reports a randomized clinical trial or a meta-analysis, this should be indicated in the title.

The title page should list the names of all authors and their institutional affiliations at the time the research was conducted. If an author's institution has changed since then, provide the current affiliation in an Author Note on the title page.

The author note should also include, when applicable:

  • school- or department-level affiliations
  • funding sources, financial disclosures, and disclaimers
  • acknowledgments
  • related presentations
  • corresponding author's contact information

Abstract Page

Empirical reports must include a structured abstract nor more than 250 words and these headings:

  • Objective (brief statement of the purpose of the study)
  • Methods (summary of the participants, design, measures, procedures)
  • Results (primary findings)
  • Conclusions (specific statement of the implications of the data)

Papers such as invited commentaries, for which a structured abstract would be inappropriate, should include an unstructured abstract containing a maximum of 250 words.

Supply up to five keywords on the line after the abstract. Use medical subject headings (MeSH) or psychological index terms. The National Library of Medicine provides a searchable MeSH database for PubMed, and APA publishes the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

If applicable, provide trial or protocol registration information on the line following the keywords.

Example:
TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT987654321

Body of the Manuscript

Empirical reports should include:

  • a clear statement of the research question, hypothesis, or aims of the study in the Introduction
  • essential information about the Methods even if the report cites a separate methods or protocol paper
  • descriptive statistics in the text of the Results section or in a table to characterize the participants, sample size(s), and measures
  • disclosure of the study's key limitations in the Discussion section
  • conclusions that are consistent with the findings

Reports of research involving human participants must provide information about Institutional Review Board oversight, including the name(s) of the approving institution(s), or an explanation of why the study was exempt. Informed consent and assent procedures should also be described.

Reports should highlight the significance or novel contribution of original research, without overstating its translational, clinical, or public health implications.

If the work replicates or extends previous studies, the rationale and discussion should disclose the study's purpose (i.e., to confirm, disconfirm, or extend previous research) and not overstate minor innovations or superficially novel features.

Statistical methods should be consistent with the guidelines developed by the APA Task Force on Statistical Inference. Statistical results, tables, and figures should conform to APA Style guidelines.

Research Reporting Guidelines

Manuscripts should adhere to current research reporting guidelines. Reporting guidelines, checklists, and flow diagrams for many types of studies are available from the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network, including CONSORT for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and for pilot and feasibility studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews, STROBE for observational studies, STARD for diagnostic or prognostic studies, and SPIRIT for study protocols, among others.

APA has also issued a set of research reporting guidelines, the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) (updated in 2018). Authors may use JARS to complement other reporting guidelines or to address issues that are not covered by other reporting guidelines.

When applicable, submissions should include a completed checklist.

General Considerations

Health Psychology publishes work across the entire spectrum of translational research in health psychology and behavioral medicine.

The journal emphasizes quantitative research on psychosocial and behavioral aspects of physical health and medical illness, including observational, experimental, and interventional studies pertaining to primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention of medical illnesses. The journal also considers research on psychosocial and behavioral effects of, and responses to, medical illness.

Studies that focus exclusively on mental health, substance abuse, or wellness in physically healthy, low-risk populations, and that lack direct relevance to physical health and illness, are generally considered to be outside of the journal's scope.

Programmatic research is especially welcome. If the study is integral to an ongoing, well-focused program of research, its relationship to previous and planned work should be described.

When applicable, authors are encouraged to locate their study within an established framework or model for translational research, intervention development, or implementation science, such as the ORBIT Model (Czajkowski et al., Health Psychology, 34(10), 971–982).

Other possibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Institute of Medicine Operational Phases of Translational Research model
  • NIH Stage Model for Intervention Development
  • Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)
  • Purpose-Guided Trial Design (PGTD) Framework
  • Pragmatic-Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary (PRECIS-2)
  • Medical Research Council Framework for the Development and Evaluation of RCTs for Complex Interventions to Improve Health

Clinical Trials

Health Psychology welcomes randomized clinical trial reports. However, the journal will publish trials only if they have been registered at ClinicalTrials.gov or at another recognized registry. A complete list of acceptable trial registries can be found via the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform.

Prospective registration is required if recruitment began on or after January 1, 2018. Retrospective registration will be accepted only if recruitment began before this date.

Differences between registered and reported methods or outcomes should be explained in the manuscript.

Trial protocols, including statistical analysis plans, should be available to readers, both for primary outcome papers as well as for ones limited to secondary, exploratory, or post hoc outcome analyses.

Both published and unpublished protocols are acceptable. Published protocols should be cited in the manuscript. Unpublished protocols may be provided in online-only supplements.

Use of the Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Intervention Trials (SPIRIT) checklist is recommended.

Meta-Analyses and Meta-Regressions

To make a meaningful contribution to the scientific literature, a meta-analysis or meta-regression must be based on an adequate number of studies whose methods are compatible with one another. It must also provide sufficient added value relative to previously-published meta-analyses.

These issues must be addressed not only in the cover letter, but in the manuscript as well.

Observational and Experimental Studies

Health Psychology publishes many kinds of observational, epidemiological, and experimental studies.

However, studies with the following characteristics are unlikely to be accepted:

  • mediation analyses based on cross-sectional data
  • studies with low ecological validity (e.g., an experimental laboratory study of attitudes about end-of-life palliative care in a group of healthy undergraduate volunteers)
  • exploratory studies that are not driven by a clear research question or testable hypothesis
  • studies with little or no direct relevance to physical health or medical illness

Studies of psychosocial or behavioral risk or protective factors for medical illness in healthy cohorts tend to receive higher priority ratings if they include data on the relationship of these factors to indicators of physical health.

Scale Development

Empirical reports on the development of new instruments should make a convincing case for the need for the new instrument in relation to ones that are already in use. It should be evaluated in the population(s) for which it is intended, and modern psychometric methods should be used. Instruments with limited clinical or research utility for health psychology may be better suited for other journals.

Health Psychology will also consider studies of instruments that were developed in one population but that are now being validated in or modified for a different population that fits within the journal's scope. For example, a measure that was originally developed for otherwise medically well psychiatric patients may be adapted for patients with cancer or heart disease.

The journal also welcomes relevant health-related applications and evaluations of measures produced by major initiatives of the National Institutes of Health, such as PROMIS, NeuroQoL, ASCQ-ME, and the NIH Toolbox.

Qualitative Research

Health Psychology publishes relatively little purely qualitative research, and small qualitative studies are rarely accepted. The journal will only consider qualitative studies that fill an important gap in the research literature or that are explicitly designed to facilitate or stimulate quantitative research.

Early-Phase and Preliminary Studies

Health psychology is an applied science that draws upon many different fields of basic research.

Translational models such as ORBIT, the NIH Stage Model, and the MOST framework encourage researchers to ground their behavioral health intervention research in the science of behavior change and in other areas of psychosocial, clinical, and public health research. These models also promote a systematic approach to intervention development, optimization, testing, and implementation.

Health Psychology welcomes basic research that can inform behavioral health intervention development or other clinical or public health applications of health psychology. The journal also welcomes early-phase research on behavioral health interventions, such intervention development work, dose-response studies, proof-of-concept evaluations, and feasibility studies. However, these studies must meet certain requirements to be considered for publication.

Early-phase studies must be embedded in a translational research model and in a systematic program of research that has a long-term goal of maintaining physical health, preventing physical illness, or improving significant medical or public health outcomes via evidence-based psychosocial or behavioral health interventions, practices, or policies.

Early-phase studies should not be presented as though they are definitive studies with generalizable findings or significant practice or policy implications. They should point toward specific next steps, not just for other researchers but for the investigator's own research program. This is particularly important for pilot trials and other feasibility studies that are conducted specifically to pave the way for RCTs.

Also, special dispensation will not be given to "preliminary" or "pilot" studies that include grossly underpowered statistical hypothesis tests. For example, small pilot trials that include severely underpowered tests of "preliminary efficacy" hypotheses are unacceptable.

Finally, small, early-phase studies compete in the journal's priority rankings against larger and more definitive studies. Many small, early-phase studies are conducted primarily to guide the investigator's own work and may be of limited interest to other researchers. Thus, early-phase research reports should highlight aspects of the study or the findings that would be informative for other investigators.

Methodological Issues and Advances

Health Psychology welcomes both full-length manuscripts and brief reports on the following methodological topics

  • advanced statistical procedures that are applicable to multiple areas of health psychology research but that are underutilized
  • standard statistical methods that are widely misunderstood, misused, or neglected in health psychology
  • nonstatistical methodological issues that affect the quality or impact of health psychology and behavioral medicine research

Both review papers and tutorials are welcome.

Papers on complex methods must be presented in a manner that is clear and accessible to our readership.

Authors should provide guidance about the assumptions and appropriate utilization of statistical procedures, as well as examples and computer code. Authors are strongly encouraged to use publicly available data or to provide sample data sets in an online-only supplement so that interested readers can work through the examples.

Authors are advised but not required to email a notice of intent along with an abstract to our Senior Statistical Editor, Shelley Blozis, PhD prior to submitting their manuscript.

Letters to the Editor

Health Psychology publishes selected letters to the editor on the journal's website.

Letters should be in response to articles published in the past 60 days and should include a reference to the article. Letters should be sent to Lindsay MacMurray with a separate cover letter indicating that the submission is a Letter to the Editor and disclosing any potential conflicts of interest related to the article or correspondence.

The authors of the target article may respond to a Letter to the Editor, but this feature is not be a forum for ongoing dialogue.

Peer Review Policy

All papers submitted to Health Psychology undergo an initial editorial evaluation which may result in rejection without external peer review.

Manuscripts that are sent out for external peer review receive single-blinded rather than double-blinded reviews. In other words, the reviewers are anonymous but the authors are not.

The title page of all submitted manuscripts should include the names of all authors and their affiliations at the time the research was done. Identifying information should not be masked on the title page, in citations or references, or anywhere else in the manuscript.

Guidance and other information for reviewers is available in the Guidelines for Reviewers.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) and APA's Journal Manuscript Preparation Guidelines to ensure adherence to APA Style requirements. Information about APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Tables

Use Word's Insert Table function to create tables. Inserting spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Figures

Tiff and EPS graphic files are acceptable. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into a single file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5. If possible, place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure specifications, see Cenveo Publisher Services Digital Art Support General Guidelines.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

The charges for color figures in the print edition of the journal are

  • $900 for one figure
  • an additional $600 for the second figure
  • an additional $450 for each subsequent figure

Equations

Authors are encouraged to use Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0 for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font. If these equations are composed in Word 2007 or 2010, they must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors. To construct equations with Equation Editor 3.0, go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object. Select Microsoft Equation 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

Computer Code

Altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, so computer code receives special handling in our production process. To that end, please submit separate files for computer code.

Whenever possible, executable source code should be included in an online-only supplement, not in the manuscript itself.

If it is essential to include code in the manuscript, submit a separate file with the code exactly as you want it to appear, using 8-point Courier New font. Segments that exceed 40 characters will be printed as images. Shorter snippets of code will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.

If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.

References

APA-style references appear in alphabetical order. Examples of basic APA reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Online-Only Supplemental Materials

"Nonessential materials" can be placed in an online-only supplement. There is no specific word or page count, and these materials do not count against the manuscript's page limit. The materials will be made available through the PsycARTICLES® database.

Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Permissions

All necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form ay copyrighted work, including test materials, photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments) must be provided for accepted papers. On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

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Special Issues
  • Implicit Processes in Health Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 8, August 2016. Includes articles about tobacco use, eating behavior, physical activity, alcohol consumption, condom use, and the impact of implicit prejudice on physical and mental health.

  • Disparities in Cardiovascular Health

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 4, April 2016. The papers offer windows into cutting-edge themes, methodologies, challenges, and future directions in understanding psychosocial factors and sociocultural sequelae as they relate to cardiovascular health disparities.

  • eHealth/mHealth

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 34, No. S, December 2015. The issue includes 11 papers that address the need for more rigorous methodology, valid assessment, innovative interventions, and increased access to evidence-based programs and interventions.

  • Qualitative Research in Health Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 4, April 2015. The issue showcases a range of qualitative research projects conducted by health psychologists with a view to promoting greater uptake and development of qualitative research methods in the field.

  • The Role of Social Networks in Adult Health

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 6, June 2014. The studies used diverse measures to quantify social relationships, ranging from network size or composition and social integration to availability of a confidante and quality of social interactions.

  • Health Psychology Meets Behavioral Economics

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 9, September 2013. The issue was designed to attract both conceptual and empirical articles, to present a wide spectrum of thinking and methods, and to illustrate how behavioral economics might address today's pressing health problems.

  • Theoretical Innovations in Social and Personality Psychology and Implications for Health

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2013. Articles highlight major areas of innovation in recent social/personality psychology that hold promise for synergistic integration with health psychology and related fields in the pursuit of adequate health promotion, health care, and population health.

  • Men's Health

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 2013. The first section focuses on public health issues, including physical exercise, alcohol consumption, and help-seeking. The second section covers illness-related phenomena, including male-specific cancers, sports-induced disability, and male sterilization.

  • Tobacco and Health Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Suppl.), May 2008. Articles discuss psychosocial processes underlying smoking; modern science and tobacco research; initiation and maintenance of smoking cessation; depressive symptoms and cigarette smoking; functional beliefs about smoking and quitting activity; processing of anti-smoking messages; and effect of regulatory focus on performance in smoking and weight loss interventions.

  • Mediation and Moderation

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Supplement), March 2008. Includes articles about mediation and moderation of psychological factors in patients with diabetes; chronic pain; cancer caregivers; and high blood pressure, as well as adolescent health; physical activity; and sexual risk reduction in women.

  • Diet, Exercise, and Diabetes Control

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 1, Suppl, January 2008. It was developed to highlight some of the fundamental issues from a biological, cognitive, social, and environmental perspective for understanding the impact of intervention effects on behavior change processes and ultimate health.

  • Basic and Applied Decision Making in Cancer Control

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 24, No. 4, July 2005. Includes articles about decision making strategies; linking decision making research and cancer prevention and treatment; communication models in shared decision making; regret; coping; and advanced directives and end-of-life decisions.

  • Maintenance of Behavior Change in Cardiorespiratory Risk Reduction

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Suppl.), January 2000. Includes articles about long-term maintenance of weight loss and diet; relapse and maintenance issues for smoking cessation; physical activity behavior change; lapse, relapse, and the maintenance of behavior change; and theory-based analysis of behavioral maintenance.

  • Caregiving for Children and Adults With Chronic Conditions

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 2, March 1998. Includes articles about patients with spinal cord injuries; AIDS; heart disease; and dementia and their caregivers.

  • Psychological Aspects of Genetic Testing

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 1997. The articles address a broad range of genetic tests, including predictive testing for Huntington’s disease, carrier testing for cystic fibrosis, genetic testing for hereditary forms of breast and colon cancer, and testing for susceptibility to the carcinogenic effects of tobacco.

  • Behavioral and Sociocultural Perspectives on Ethnicity and Health

    Special issue of the APA journal Health Psychology, Vol. 14, No. 7, December 1995. Focusing on minority health, topics discussed include epidemiology; macrosocial and environmental influences; behavioral risk factors; risk-taking and abusive behaviors; adaptive health behaviors; and the health care system.