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What health psychologists do Health Psychologists apply psychological research and methods to the prevention and management of disease, the promotion and maintenance of health, the identification of psychological factors that contribute to physical illness, the improvement of the health care system, and the formulation of health policy. Health psychology provides a holistic perspective to health. It takes into account not only a person’s physical illness and symptoms but also their life experience. Some examples of what health psychologists do adjusting to a serious illness, such as cancer cardiac rehabilitation lifestyle choices associated with poor diet and lack of exercise management of diabetes or other long-term health issues pain management smoking cessation. Types of work that health psychologists do Clinical Work: health psychologists often conduct behavioral assessments, clinical interviews and personality tests.

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