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Working as a health psychologist can be a very rewarding experience. Below is an outlne of the working life of a health psychologist, and tips on finding a job in the field. A health psychologist studies the interrelationship between social factors, behavior, and biology.
When a person has a disease, the health psychologist seeks to understand the underlying social and behavioral relationship to the disease, such as education and socioeconomic backgrounds.
How to Become a Health PsychologistA health psychologist generally holds a PhD or PsyD (Doctoral degree) in psychology. The doctoral degree is obtained after completing undergraduate and master’s level degree programs. Psychologists seeking licensure in clinical or counseling psychology complete an internship program that lasts for one year after they receive their psychology degree. A Board Certification in health psychology is offered through the American Board of Professional Psychology.There are some undergraduate degree programs in health psychology focusing on abnormal and social psychology, behavior therapies, community psychology, and public health, along with technical areas such as anatomy and physiology, learning processes, and psychopharmacology. The Job of a Health PsychologistA health psychologist performs varied functions, from clinical work to research and public policy. Depending on the setting and the work environment, the health psychologist works directly with patients to help prevent illness and promote good health.Clinical work entails conducting behavioral assessments and clinical interviews. Interventions include helping individuals lead better lives through education on smoking cessation, stress reduction, and improving behaviors that lead to unhealthy lifestyles. Personality assessments help the health psychologist understand patient behaviors that influence healthy lifestyle choices.Work Settings for Health PsychologistsA health psychologist may work in a hospital, clinic, or private company. They could also work in an academic or government setting developing issues affecting health care public policy or administering programs in the community. Health psychologists can specialize in pain management, oncology, health issues affecting women and/or minorities, or healthy lifestyle choices.Income Earnings for Health PsychologistsA health psychologist that has a doctoral degree would fall under the career of a licensed psychologist, and would earn, on average, $80,000 per year, according to the American Psychological Association. There are other associations that estimate earnings at $40,000 for entry-level positions, and up to $85,000 for an advanced health psychologist. These estimates would depend on educational background, work setting, experience, and geographic location.
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