EHPS National Delegate

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Ainara Nardi Rodríguez

Universidad Miguel Hernández

In Spain, Clinical and Health Psychology disciplines have been regulated since 2011. These two specialties are the only ones valid for the professional practice of Psychology in the field of health. However, Health Psychology is not given the recognition it deserves. To work as a psychologist for the National Health System the specialty as clinical psychologist is required. The regulation does not define and differentiate the competencies between Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology, but however seems to point that the Clinical Psychology specialty constitutes a higher degree of specialization. To give Health Psychology the status it merits we believe it is important to advance towards a more specific regulation that defines the intervention areas and competencies of this discipline.

Ley 5/2011, de 29 de marzo, de Economía Social. Disposición adicional sexta, punto 2. Ejercicio de actividades sanitarias por titulados universitarios de Licenciado en Psicología o Graduado en el ámbito de la Psicología.

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AEPSIS (Asociación Española de Psicología Sanitaria). It is a non-profit entity born in 2017 to claim and protect the rights of psychologists in the Health Psychology field. Link:
ASEPCyS (Asociación Sociedad Española de Psicología Clínica y de la Salud). The Spanish Society for the Advancement of Clinical and Health Psychology in the 21st Century was born in 2001. Its aim is to promote, defend and disseminate Clinical and Health Psychology in Spain, both in the academic and healthcare fields. More specifically, it purchases to promote the scientific advancement of clinical and health psychology in teaching research and in the public and/or private practice of the profession. Link:

List of some of the Universities that offer Masters in Health Psychology: Autonomous University of Barcelona
National Distance Education University
Juan Carlos University
Complutense University of Madrid
University of Barcelona
University of Valencia
University of Zaragoza
University Miguel Hernández of Elche
List of several Universities that offer PhD programs in Health Psychology :
Autonomous University of Barcelona
University of Valencia
University of Girona
National Distance Education University
Universidad of Granada

There is no Agency thta specifically funds research on Health Psychology

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