Center for Psychology and Health
The APA Center for Psychology and Health is dedicated to highlighting and advancing the contributions of psychology to the overall improvement of health status — both mental and physical — and health care in our nation. In so doing, psychologists aid in the prevention and treatment of serious and chronic illness (such as diabetes and heart disease) by focusing on modifying unhealthy behaviors, such as poor diet, inadequate exercise and substance use. The Center for Psychology and Health engages in a variety of cross-association and organizational collaborations to apply psychology's expertise to increase access to quality health care at a reduced cost.
Improving Health Care With Psychology
Role of Psychology in Treating Health ConditionsBriefing sheets
Primary Care and PsychologySpecial journal issue
Better Health Through Integrated CareCEO's podcast
Chronic Pain and PsychologySpecial journal issue
Public Education CampaignGet involved
APA-YMCA PartnershipHealthy living
For Students and Educators
- How to become a primary-care psychologist
- Recommendations for training programs (PDF, 362KB)
- Primary-care psychology training directories:
Doctoral training programs (PDF, 182KB)
Internships (PDF, 558KB)
Postdocs (PDF, 283KB)
- Meet six student pioneers in integrated care
- How researchers are advancing health
For the Public
- APA's CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, joins a panel of experts to discuss innovative ways to integrate mental and physical health care.
- Fact sheet: What is integrated care?
- Managing the stress of chronic illness
- How psychologists promote health and well-being
- Have your children had their anti-smoking shots?
- Five ways to make lifestyle changes that last
- APA’s Stress in America survey
- Can weight-loss surgery cure diabetes?