Special Interest Groups

The EHPS provide many outlets for collaborations based on joint interests

Equity, Global Health and Sustainability

This special interest group (SIG) has grown from EHPS members’ common interests in issues of equity, global health, and sustainability, and the role health psychology could play in contributing to sustainable development. The group has informally started in 2017 with a mailing list and a ResearchGate group (see below). We have become an official SIG at the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) in December 2019.

What are the aims of the SIG EGHS?

Promoting rigorous health psychology research and practice regarding equity, global health, and sustainability.

Uniting EHPS members doing research and working in practice in these fields.

Transferring the outcomes of research on equity, global health and sustainability into policy. To this end, the SIG is closely linked to the EHPS Committee at the United Nations.

Each year, SIG members set specific goals and plan activities to achieve these aims.

How is the SIG organised?

After a recent reflection on the organisation of the SIG and how it worked for its members, we have moved towards a system of “Task Forces” related with the three broad areas of interest – sustainability, equity, and global health.

All members are encouraged to suggest tasks they think are relevant and important for the SIG to work on, and all members are welcome to join these task forces.

The SIG as a whole meets at least twice a year – at the EHPS conference, and virtually. A newsletter and a mailing list keep members up to date on activities throughout the year, and we are considering other formats that could facilitate informal exchanges (e.g. virtual cafes). The progress of the SIG is annually reported to the EHPS.

Recent examples of our work

All topics

Lunch talks on the SIG’s topics are organised during the year.

Global Health

A repository has been set up to provide a collection of measures that can be used in health psychology research in low resource and cross-cultural settings. It will be continuously updated. You can find the repository here: https://osf.io/r4b75/

Sustainability

Together with the Local Organising Committee, we have worked on improving the environmental impact of the EHPS conference: https://2022.ehps.net/ehps-2022-sustainability-initiative/

We are planning to continue working with future organising committees.

We have also written joint publications:

Peer-reviewed paper on environmental health psychology: https://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/full/10.1027/1016-9040/a000438

A piece for the European Health Psychologist on environmental impact of our conferences: https://ehps.net/ehp/index.php/contents/article/view/3390

Equity, Global Health and Sustainability chairs

Switzerland

Jennifer Inauen

United Kingdom

Lucia Rehackova

Switzerland

Josianne Kollmann

Germany

Philipp Kadel

Austria

Gudrun Sproesser

Switzerland

Nadja Contzen

France

Claudia Teran-Escobar

How to get involved?

Become a member by signing up here: https://ehps.net/mailman/listinfo/equity-sig_ehps.net Members receive the newsletter, invitations to members’ meetings, and invitations to collaborate in the task forces or in joint projects or papers
Join our ResearchGate project: https://www.researchgate.net/project/Health-Psychology-in-Low-and-Middle-Income-Countries . You can follow the project to keep up to date on publications relating to health psychology research on equity, global health, and sustainability, or join as a collaborator to link your research.
Browse or add to the SIG’s growing measures repository (work in progress): https://osf.io/r4b75/

Get involved in the Task Forces.

SIG Experts

Marieke Adriaanse

Netherlands

Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center
behavior change in relation to health and sustainability, habits, sustainable health care, changing health care professionals’ behavior, health inequalities

Heide Busse

Germany

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS
(public Health) intervention development and evaluation, physical activity, children and young people, settings-based interventions

Nadja Contzen

Switzerland

Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Behavior change related to environmental health (particularly in the water domain), technology and policy acceptance

Theodora Fteropoulli

Cyprus

City, University of London; University of Cyprus

Self-management interventions│Behaviour change interventions| Quality of life│ Psychosocial functioning│ Neuropsychological functioning│ Social support│ Cardiac rehabilitation│ Chronic illness│ Cardiovascular disease│ Congenital heart disease│ Mixed methods research│ Health psychology in practice│ Health promotion| Health services research| Public health| Healthy/active ageing│ Behavioural aspects of climate change

Thomas Gültzow

Netherlands

Maastricht University
Informed Decision Making, Autonomous Behaviour Change, Health Communication/Psychology/Promotion

Jennifer Inauen

Switzerland

University of Bern
Behavior change related to environmental health (water, sanitation, hygiene, pesticides), diet, physical activity, uterine prolapse; habit

Philipp Kadel

Germany

University of Mannheim
Facilitators and barriers for the adaption of environment-friendly health behaviors, i.e., meat-reduced eating. Deliberate ignorance, Social media, Information seeking

Jan Keller

Germany

Freie Universität Berlin
behavior change interventions, active mobility/physical activity

Julia Koller

Germany

University of Konstanz
Risk perception, COVID-19

Josianne Kollmann

Switzerland

Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Risk perception and behaviour change related to environmental health (e.g. water reuse, infectious diseases, health behaviour); technology and policy acceptance

Laura König

Germany

University of Bayreuth
Eating behaviour, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, Ecological Momentary Assessment, digital interventions, social inequality in digital health

Chloé Michoud

Switzerland

University of Lausanne
Vaccine hesitancy, Critical psychology, Parenthood, Qualitative methods

Efrat Neter

Israel

Ruppin Academic Center
health behavior change (medication adherence), digital health literacy

Nicki O’Brien

United Kingdom

Northumbria University
behaviour change interventions, animated health communication, intervention co-design, sustainable lifestyle interventions, infection prevention

Lucia Rehackova

United Kingdom

Northumbria University
Intervention development and evaluation, qualitative research, co-production, mental health, health and care integration, eating behaviours

Gudrun Sproesser

Austria

Johannes Kepler University Linz
cross-cultural health psychology, eating psychology

Claudia Teran-Escobar

France

Univ. Grenoble-Alpes
behaviour change, planetary health, socios-spatial inequalities, mobility, adaptation

Lisa Warner

Germany

MSB Medical School Berlin
health and environmental behaviour change theories and interventions (tap water, meat consumption), social exchange processes, self-regulation, self-efficacy