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In 1986, when a BPS Special Group in Health Psychology was inaugurated, few people knew that health psychologists existed, let alone what they did. Twenty-five years later, the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology (DHP) has over 1600 members, working as practitioners and academics in a range of settings. Their work includes helping people to live more healthily and to manage illness, often alongside other healthcare professionals. Increasingly, health psychologists in research are called upon to provide the evidence base for public health initiatives. As part of the DHP's silver jubilee celebrations, we present a series of short articles from some of the leading lights of the field, showcasing significant contributions. We also meet health psychologists in 'Careers' and 'One on one'.
As we sign off at the end of another year of The Psychologist and approach our own silver jubilee volume, may I thank all those who have contributed their time and expertise. Do get in touch if you would like to feature in 2012, on [email protected].
Dr Jon Sutton
A healthy contribution
Marie Johnston, John Weinman and Angel Chater introduce a special feature in which leading figures showcase highlights from 25 years of health psychology in the UK
Are you sitting comfortably?
Christina Richards on reader injunctions as an addition to the methodologies of the human and natural sciences
Acting with compassion
Abi Millar talks to Frank Bond about acceptance and commitment therapy
The most important problems in neuroscience; science and art; the NHS; psychology in France; standards of proficiency; hypnosis; psychodynamic therapy in New York; organisational effectiveness; and more
News and digest
More on the Stapel scientific fraud case; schizophrenia commission; Royal Society archive; Steven Pinker talks; career progression for women; Francesca HappÃ© on autism; nuggets from the Society's Research Digest; and more
Owen Hughes sees opportunities for psychologists to become more involved in public affairs in Wales
Trauma; psychology and catholicism; educational psychology; gerontology; and cluttering
President's column; 200th Research Digest; child sex abuse working party; revised authorship credit guidance; consultation responses; BPS Journals news; and more