Study and Career Opportunities

BioPsychoSocial_Health2.jpgThere are several pathways to becoming health psychologist; however, those wishing to undergo board certification should consult the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology. There are two lines of graduate programs available: masters and doctoral programs. They include courses in research methods, statistics, introductory and abnormal psychology, pain management, mind-body connection, health care management, stress and illness, physiological psychology, psychopharmacology and several other elective options. PhD programs additionally involve extensive doctoral coursework and a substantial dissertation.

Several other careers in health related fields incorporate biopsychosocial principles, such as:

  • mooreae

    While it is encouraging to know that health psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, etc. are incorporating biopsychosocial principles in their careers, it is simultaneously saddening that the list of careers doing so is so small. I am particularly disturbed that the field of medicine has not, to a large extent, historically incorporated bps principles into its curriculum. Patients are first and foremost people–people whose ailments are frequently complex and systemic in nature. Only when health professionals recognize the multidimensionality and diversity of the nature of human beings can true “health care” be achieved.

  • Psyc

    Thanks for this brief and to the point article.

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN, is a board-certified neurologist and pain specialist, medical educator, and scientist. He is the executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.

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