The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) established a Special Interest Group in Health Psychology in 1987, followed by the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) which was formally established in 2003.
The primary aims of the DHP are to promote awareness of Health Psychology in Ireland as a distinct specialism, to develop a clearly defined career pathway for Health Psychologists in Ireland, and to promote and encourage research in Health Psychology.
The DHP organises several events throughout the year, including training workshops and an annual scientific conference ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’. This conference attracts some 130 multidisciplinary delegates from Ireland and abroad, providing an ideal opportunity to strengthen networks of those involved in the field. The 8th annual conference was held in the National University of Ireland, Galway in April 2011; the 9th annual conference is due to be held in Queen’s University Belfast in April 2012.
Ireland has actively engaged with the EHPS for many years. From 1998 – 2000, the EHPS President was Professor Hannah McGee, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The 10th EHPS Annual Conference was hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1996 and the 19th EHPS Annual Conference was hosted by the National University of Ireland Galway in 2005. In 2006 – 2008, David Hevey, of Trinity College Dublin, served on the EHPS Committee. Karen Morgan, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is currently secretary of the EHPS Committee.