If a career in psychology is on your agenda, but you have not decided what field of psychology you want to enter, you may want to consider a health psychology career. The psychologists in this field study how social, biological, and physiological aspects affect the physical well-being of an individual. Here is some information you may need if this field of psychology peaks your interest.
Duties of a Health Psychologist
As a health psychologist, you will perform many different tasks, depending on the type of specialty and where you work.
- Clinical- In a clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctors office, you will most likely work directly with doctors and other medical professionals. You will be expected to conduct interviews, do psychological assessments, perform personality tests, and may even be involved in interventions for patients who need help overcoming obstacles like smoking, drinking, and drugs.
- Public Awareness- In some cases, health psychologists work with private or governmental agencies to help raise awareness of public policies regarding health. You may have to speak to government official about new and old health care policies, lobby for new health care policies, or take care of inadequacies in the health care system.
- Research- In the area of research, you will most likely conduct studies regarding the prevention, causes, and treatment of health problems. Read the rest of this entry »