EHPS National Delegate
Support the EHPS to deliver its aim of helping individuals, families, and societies to better cope with life challenges related to illness and health, by promoting rigorous science, health promotion interventions, and close collaborations.
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University of Limerick
Health Psychology in Ireland has grown in parallel with international developments in the UK, Europe and the USA. 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.
In the two decades since the foundation of the DHP, Health Psychologists have taken a lead role in the development, promotion and policy implementation of health and well-being in Ireland, including but not limited to Healthy Ireland.
The Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology (PSI DHP) is the main advocacy group for Health Psychology in the Republic of Ireland.
The aims of the PSI DHP are to promote
• Best practice in, and lead in the development and application of, Health Psychology.
• Awareness of Health Psychology in Ireland as a distinct specialism of psychology in its own right.
• Develop Health Psychology in Ireland as a clear and well-defined career pathway for students to follow.
• Enhance employment prospects for graduating Health Psychologists in Ireland.
• Enhance the recognition of the psychological aspects of health and illness.
• Promote the delivery of a multidisciplinary approach to health services.
• Promote high standards of professionalism among members by establishing, maintaining and developing a register of Health Psychologists.
• Promote and encourage scientific research in Health Psychology. - Contribute to the ethos of Continuing Professional Development in the Society.
• Collaborate with other national and international bodies for the development of the field.
The PSI DHP currently has around 80 members. The PSI 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.
Members of the PSI DHP work closely with the Division of Health Psychology, Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society. https://www.bps.org.uk/member-microsites/division-health-psychology/dhp-northern-ireland The NIB DHP has collaborated with the PSI DHP since 2007 in hosting the annual ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’ Conference.
There are three PSI accredited Health Psychology postgraduate courses in the Republic of Ireland:• MSc Health Psychology at NUI Galway: https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/health-psychology.html
• Structured PhD in Psychology and Health at NUI Galway: https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/structured-phd/psychology-health.html
• Structured PhD in Health Psychology Practice at NUI Galway: https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/structured-phd/health-psychology-practice.html
In Northern Ireland there is one BPS accredited postgraduate course, the MSc in Health Psychology at University of Ulster https://online.ulster.ac.uk/online-courses/health-psychology-msc/