The French Health Psychology Association (Association Française de Psychologie de la Santé, AFPSa) was founded in 2001, and turned soon from a french association to a french-speaking one, with members from Canada, Belgium, Swiss, etc. Its activities are centered on the promotion of Health Psychology in France and French-speaking countries, and the development of a pluridiscuplinary approach of health through the collaboration with different psychological disciplines, prodessionals, and institutions. The AFPSa organizes biennal Conferences (Bordeaux, 2001; Metz, 2003; Aix-en Provence, 2005; Toulouse, 2007; Rennes, 2009) and annual encounters of doctoral students.
The AFPSa is associated to the EHPS and the SFP (Société Française de Psychologie – French Society for Psychology). Its website offers links to the EHPS, the SFP, and diverse professional and research associations, in France and abroad.
The last Conference for Health Psychology in France has taken place in Rennes in june 2009, entitled “Health Behaviors: Collective and individual risk factors”.
The symposia covered various issues, including ‘psycho-oncology’, ‘family, social environment and health’, ‘quality of life in adults and children’, ‘stress, coping and social support’, ‘addiction management’, ‘work and health’, ‘health psychology and sport’, ‘health and pain in adults and children’, ‘chronic illness’, ‘health promotion interventions’, ‘handicap and rehabilitation’ etc.
Several symposia were centered on theoretical and methodological issues, particularly important for the development of fundamental as well as applied research.