In Portuguese universities, psychology begin by being taught in the context of degree courses in Philosophy and its teaching was mainly aimed to provide, to future teachers of secondary courses, some psychological information. With the legislative reform, which occurred in 1911, Experimental Psychology was included in the section of Philosophy and, by that time, had the duration of one semester, in which it was supposed to provide lectures, practical work and exercises in scientific research.
The Psychology Degree, in Portugal, started in the sixties in Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), a private institute, and it was formally instituted in 1977 in public universities. The interest in Health Psychology in this country is even more recent. However, Health Psychology has been facing a significant expansion and it has been mobilizing different interests, both in terms of educational institutions of Psychology and in terms of the health services.
Health Psychology was developed in Portugal following particular lines in result of the history of psychology in this country, namely it has been adjusted to Portuguese culture, and it has been developed in a way that intend to be useful for the health sector in Portugal.
Portugal hosted the EHPS Conference in Lisbon (2002).