M E M B E R S H I P
JOIN THE SOCIETY
- Access to our flagship journals Psychology & Health and Health Psychology Review
- Discounts when publishing in our open access journals Health Psychology Bulletin and Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
- Access to 6 issues a year of the European Health Psychologist newsletter
- Reduced fees for the annual conference (~750 delegates a year) and other events and activities organised by the Society, the Subdivisions and the Special Interest Groups
- Regular updates about Health Psychology events, funding and job opportunities
- Opportunities to shape the work and agenda of our Society
- Opportunities to build and maintain an international network of friends and colleagues
- Eligibility for EHPS grants (to support conference attendance, workshops, networking etc)
As one of the founder members of the EHPS, it has been wonderful to see how well it has developed over the years. Our hope in starting the society was that it would promote research collaboration and the sharing of ideas and expertise across Europe, and it has certainly achieved this and much more. The annual conferences and the linked meetings of the CREATE and Synergy workshops for younger researchers have all really facilitated the impressive growth of health psychology research and practice within Europe and elsewhere. These have all been held in wonderful locations and have resulted in some great research as well as many lasting collaborations and friendships.
As the conferences throughout the first year of my PhD were cancelled due to COVID-19, it has not been easy to get to know other researchers in my field of interest. Thanks to EHPS membership I was given the opportunity to virtually connect with experienced, leading researchers as well as with other early-career scientists through Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the virtual annual conference and webinars. The SIGs offer many opportunities to volunteer for diverse activities and collaborate with other health psychologists. I cherish how other EHPS members supported me in becoming involved in other committees and drew my attention to opportunities to present my work and to events of interest.
Becoming a member of the EHPS and attending the conference right away in the first year of my PhD was one of the most impactful and beneficial decisions of my young scientific career. It gave me the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge science, present my own research to an expert audience, and receive helpful feedback. It also enabled me to get in contact and establish valuable connections with fellow early career researchers as well as leading scientists in Health Psychology, some of which I am working together with today in a Special Interest Group and a Committee of the EHPS on tremendously interesting and relevant topics. I am sure that the EHPS will continue to play an important role throughout my scientific career.
I first attended an EHPS conference in 2000. To say it was life changing, would not be an exaggeration. I was a PhD student and, like many health psychology doctoral students, was quite isolated professionally. In CREATE, I found a community, from which I have derived great support. EHPS is a fantastic organisation with a superb annual conference. Both health psychology science and practice are well represented in the society and there are many opportunities to get involved in the organisation of the society itself. There are multiple SIGs and a fairly recent focus has been on health psychology’s place in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. EHPS has specialist consultative status with the United Nations with a UN committee who work internally, and with the Psychology Coalition at the UN to promote relevant two-way conversations.
I joined the EHPS as a first year PhD student, and attended my first CREATE workshop and EHPS conference in Noordwijk/Leiden in 2000. At that CREATE workshop was an instant buzz of energy, exchanges of ideas, supportiveness, learning and having fun together. EHPS still feels like that 20 years on – and people that I have met through EHPS have become life-long collaborators and friends. I have been part of EHPS activities in a few different ways – as UK National Delegate, being part of organising two of the UK based EHPS conferences. More recently, it is such a privilege to be part of the EHPS UN committee and the Equity, Global Health and Sustainability SIG; these bring together amazing people focused on making a difference, and understanding the strength of our combined health psychology expertise and knowledge to do so.
I joined the EHPS as a first-year PhD student, and have been a member ever since. The connection to peers in the field of health psychology has been invaluable to my scientific career, and has led to lasting connections. The conferences are an annual highlight, offering updates on latest health psychology research, excellent workshops and expert meetings, all in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. Especially during the current pandemic, the EHPS has been an important network for me to stay in touch with fellow researchers, and continue and initiate new collaborations, e.g. via the special interest groups. I further highly value the society’s commitment to transfer health psychology research into practice, e.g. via the EHPS Committee at the United Nations, or the Practical Health Psychology blog.
The benefits to being a member of EHPS evolved for me along the years of membership. At first, attending EHPS conferences helped me understand – much better than reading journals – what are hot issues in HP that draw me. I also gained a feel of the changing research standards (registering studies, fidelity, open science). Hearing presentations in conferences both exposed me to top science and generated my new research ideas. Lastly, and intertwined into all the learning and doing, are the friendships I made at the EHPS conferences. These friendships make coming back to EHPS conferences a warm and glowing experience: sharing life stories, tying research projects, networking, and consulting with experts. The glow is there, even when it is virtual.