Within the Hellenic Psychological Society (HPS), the Division of Clinical Psychology was established in 2005. Recently, the old “Division of Clinical Psychology” was renamed into “Clinical and Health Psychology Division” in order to represent Health Psychology specialisation, reflecting the reality that many Greek health psychologists were initially trained as clinical psychologists. As stated in the bylaws, the Division represents both Clinical and Health Psychology, but at the same time acknowledges the differences between the two disciplines.
The Clinical and Health Psychology Division has made a significant contribution to the development of health psychology in the country. Since its establishment, three National Conferences were held in Athens (2) and Thessaloniki. The conferences’ themes were about theory-based research, evidence-based practice and the relationship between Community, Clinical, Health Psychology and Public Health. Additionally, Division’s members actively participate in all National and International Conferences.
Several scientific meetings have also been organized. These were referring to specific issues, such as theory-based interventions, professional supervision, and health promotion.
A large number of health psychology-related studies were presented and issues regarding post-graduate training in health psychology were thoroughly discussed.
Moreover, a national Behavioural Medicine society was established in 2007. Several health psychologists, some of which are members of the EHPS, were invited to actively participate in the Society.