Health psychology: it's not what you do, it's the way that you do it

Charlotte Hilton, Lynne Johnston

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Despite the growth in theoretical understandings of health behaviour and standardised approaches to health interventions (e.g. behaviour change taxonomies), health psychology has paid comparatively less attention to the importance of the implementation processes – ‘how to’ rather than ‘what to’ of such interventions. The clinical and interpersonal skills that often reflect these implementation processes are poorly defined within the health psychology literature. The level of proficiency in such skills expected of Health and Care Professionals Council registered practicing health psychologists is unclear and poorly documented within the UK training requirements. The current paper explores the potential impact of this and offers some pragmatic solutions.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(in press)
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017


  • Clinical health psychology
  • practice processes
  • treatment
  • public health psychology
  • critical health psychology


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