Antanas Gostautas

Head Department of Psychology
Social Sciences Faculty
Vytautas Magnus University
Donelaicio 52
Kaunas-3000 (Lithuania)
National Associations:

In 2001 Union of Lithuanian Health Psychologist (ULHP) was created with a main task to integrate Health Psychology in health care system, within a registered working status for psychologist under the name of Medical Psychologist. Membership in EHPS and participation in its annual conferences is seen as essential by ULHP.

Education, training and professionalisation:

The scientific ground of Health Psychology in Lithuania was laid in 1973, within the Laboratory of Medical Psychology in Institute of Cardiology. Complex researches on health concept, psychological-behavioural and social risk factors for CVD were carried out within a framework of international, comprehensive preventive programmes: Kaunas–Roterdam Intervention Study, Multi-factorial Study of Preventions MI and Stroke, MONICA-PSY, CHEWE and others guided by WHO.

This served as a basis to carry out a two years teaching programme for master studies in Health Psychology at Vytautas Magnus University, in 1997. About 300 graduates from this programme obtained a right to work as a generalists the same, as other graduates from 10 different masters level programmes in psychology in Lithuania.

Doctoral degree is notified as Social sciences, psychology, without branches. So, it is difficult to specify weather research and dissertation may be classified as belonging to Health Psychology.

Within six universities in Lithuania Health psychology is taught as a separate discipline.

It is highest need to develop supervised specialized internship of at least 12 months of duration, develop licensing system and so obtain professional status for health psychologist working in Health Care system.