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Health Focus Area


Based within the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, the Health Psychology Area has existed informally for the past 25 years as an area of specialization for doctoral study. Our students and faculty have published in every major journal in the area, and health psychology has long been recognized nationally and internationally as an area of strength within the Psychology Department. Health-related research has been supported by more than 50 million dollars in grants from federal, private, and corporate funding sources. Health Psychology as a concentration area is now more formally structured, and our goals, some of our past accomplishments, and more detailed requirements will be described here.


Our major goals are to formalize the existing collaborative arrangements and collective strengths among faculty who have overlapping research and graduate training interests in health psychology so as to:
  • enhance the quality doctoral training we provide;
  • increase the number of high quality applicants to the graduate program;
  • enhance the recruitment, retention, and support for graduate students;
  • write more competitive and collaborative grant proposals;
  • increase the justification for additional faculty members; and
  • create a more exciting and collaborative work environment.

Further information to be updated soon...

Health Focus Area Report 2011