Health Psychology is dedicated to the scientific study of the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiologic and diagnostic variables associated with health and illness. Health Psychology applies biopsychosocial principles and research findings to the enhancement of health and the treatment and prevention of illness.
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Specific Requirements for Honors in Psychology
The Psychology Department requires that students who plan to graduate with Honors in Psychology fulfill the following requirements. The courses can be applied toward the Honors College requirements and toward the credits needed for a psychology major. All of the courses below are Writing Emphasis courses.
David Sbarra self-published the collection of 37 essays, culling from scientific research and Sbarra's personal experiences. University of Arizona psychologist David Sbarra has spent most of his career studying love and relationships. He shares some of his insights in a new e-book, titled "Love, Loss and the Space Between: The Relationship Expert Essays."
One of our former Psychology graduate students, Dr. Maureen O’Connor (Ph.D., JD, Bruce Sales), has just been named president of Palo Alto University. She will be joining another of our grad alums, Dr. Amanda Faniff (Ph.D., Judith Becker), who is on faculty at Palo Alto and is going up for tenure this year. Another example of the excellence of our graduate program and the success of our alums.
Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives. Drs. Rebecca Gómez and Jamie Edgin study sleep and memory formation in children of different ages. Gómez finds that naps are crucial for infants to retain a memory a day later. Edgin, who specializes in learning disorders, finds that children with better long-term sleep have enhanced learning outcomes. Edgin and her former graduate student Dina Spanò, are investigating sleep and memory formation in children with Down syndrome.
Congratulations to Drs. Sbarra and Mehl on their promotion to full professor – a very well-deserved tribute to their contributions to Psychology, the University of Arizona, and the broader community. We are fortunate to have both of them as faculty.
Congratulations to graduate student Lauren Nguyen who has been awarded the prestigious Theodore H. Koff Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding UA graduate students who are pursuing studies in Aging and Gerontology. Lauren is in the Clinical Psychology program conducting research on various factors affecting healthy aging. Particularly, investigating the effects of blood pressure variability on brain structures and cognition in healthy aging.