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The Health Psychology Handbook

The Health Psychology Handbook
Practical Issues for the Behavioral Medicine Specialist

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June 2003 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"It is sure to be an invaluable resource to scientist-practitioners during the education and training process as well as to those continuing their professional development . . . with this Handbook, we have a great resource to facilitate what is ready for translation from research to practice now. Our patients can benefit from these services now and we need a well-trained health care workforce to meet these needs."

--From the Foreword by Cynthia D. Belar, Ph.D. ABPP

The Health Psychology Handbook: Practical Issues for the Behavioral Medicine Specialist is a comprehensive yet practical volume that consolidates information needed by health psychologists working alongside other healthcare professionals. It facilitates the progression of the learner from the classroom to the clinical setting by focusing on the translation of science to practice using concrete examples.

The Handbook is divided into four major parts. Part I highlights practical issues faced by health psychologists in a medical setting (how to motivate patients, consultation-liaison, assessment and screening, brief psychotherapies, ethical issues, etc.). Part II concentrates on treating unhealthy behaviors (alcohol and nicotine use, noncompliance, overeating/obesity, physical inactivity, stress). Part III considers behavioral aspects of medical problems (pain management, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, HIV/AIDS, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia). And Part IV takes up special issues relevant to practice and research in the field (minority issues, women's issues, working with geriatric populations, public health approaches to health psychology and behavioral medicine).

Besides considering health problems, the handbook also discusses professional issues, such as:

  • Working with a multidisciplinary staff
  • Conducting research
  • Evaluating outcomes
  • Practicing in public health settings

The Handbook will prove an invaluable resource for those already working in the field of health psychology as well as for those in training.

"The editors have developed an excellent sense of the needs of behavioral medicine practitioners . . . I found myself quite enthusiastic about the ability of the editors to conceptualize the problems of the practitioner and the ways to address them in this volume . . . The choice of authors is excellent."

--William Lovallo, University of Oklahoma & VA Medical Center 

"A handbook like this is a very valuable resource . . . The clinical focus is what is special about the Handbook."
--Lynn Kozlowski, Pennsylvania State University

Cynthia D. Belar
Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue, & Frank L. Collins
Richard J. Seime, Matthew M. Clark, & Stephen P. Whiteside
1. Health Psychology Practice in Medical Settings
Michael D. Franzen
2. Psychological Assessment Screening in Medical Settings
Helen R. Winefield & Anna Chur-Hansen
3. Working with a Multi-Disciplinary Staff
Thad R. Leffingwell
4. Motivational Enhancement Interventions & Health Behaviors
Deborah J. Wiebe, Lindsey Bloor, & Timothy W. Smith
5. Brief Psychotherapies & Group Treatments in General Health Care Settings
Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue, & Frank L. Collins
Joel Erblich & Mitch Earleywine
6. Alcohol Problems: Causes, Definitions, & Treatments
Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue, Monica Cortez-Garland, Eric Prensky, & Sadie Emery
7. The Etiology & Treatment of Nicotine Dependence: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Myles S. Faith & J. Kevin Thompson
8. Obesity & Body Image Disturbance
Krista A. Barbour, Timothy T. Houle, & Patricia M. Dubbert
9. Physical Inactivity as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease
Frank L. Collins, Jr., Kristen H. Sorocco, Kimberly R. Haala, Brian I. Miller, & William R. Lovallo
10. Stress & Health
Suzy Bird Gulliver, Barbara A. Wolfsdorf, & Alexander Michas
11. Management of Inappropriate Medication-Seeking Behavior
Nicole E. Berlant & Sheri D. Pruitt
12. Adherence to Medical Recommendations
Jennifer L. Boothby, Melissa C. Kuhajda, & Beverly E. Thorn
13. Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations in Chronic Pain
Mustafa al'Absi & Richard G. Hoffman
14. Hypertension
Steven M. Schwartz & Mark W. Ketterer
15. Coronary Heart Disease: Behavioral Cardiology in Clinical Practice
Ahna L. Hoff, Janelle L. Wagner, Larry L. Mullins, & John M. Chaney
16. Behavioral Management of Type2 Diabetes
Shulamith Kreitler
17. Psycho-oncology
Sheila Garos
18. Sexual Dysfunction: Etiology & Treatment
Andrew C. Blalock & Peter E. Campos
19. Human Immunodeficiency Virus & Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Jeffrey M. Lackner
20. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Valerie A. Wolfe & Sheri D. Pruitt
21. Insomnia & the Sleep Disorders
Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue, & Frank L. Collins
Nicole J. Siegfried & Chebon A. Porter
22. Ethical Issues for Clinicians in Behavioral Medicine Settings
Hector F. Myers & Wei-Chin Hwang
23. Ethnocultural Issues in Behavioral Medicine
Csilla T. Csoboth
24. Women's Health Issues
Barry A. Edelstein, Andrea K. Shreve-Neiger, Adam P. Spira, & Lesley P. Koven
25. Issues with Geriatric Populations
Jalie A. Tucker, Joshua C. Klapow, & Cathy A. Simpson
26. Public Health Approaches: Finding the Interface with Health Psychology
Kathleen M. Palm, Jack L.-M. Mutnick, David O. Antonuccio, & Elizabeth V. Gifford
27. Practical Research in Medical Setting is Good Medicine
Joaquin Borrego, Jr., & William C. Follette
28. Evaluating Outcomes in Health Care Settings
Name Index
Subject Index
Key features
  • A stellar group of contributing authors includes both nationally and internationally known researchers and practitioners.
  • A strong focus on "real world" issues faced by health psychologists, backed by case illustrations, provides a book that will prove of immediate, practical value to health psychologists and behavioral medicine specialists and trainees.
  • For each topic area, contributing authors followed a uniform format to ensure consistency across chapters: a review of the relevant theory and research literature, discussion of treatment, followed by a case study, concluding remarks, and references.
  • A Foreword by Cynthia D. Belar of the American Psychological Association and section introductions written by the handbook editors provide cohesiveness and unity to the volume as a whole.