The Future of Psychology in Health Care

  • Anthony J. Goreczny
  • Colleen M. O’Halloran
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


The areas of health and rehabilitation psychology have grown tremendously. They are two of the fastest growing areas within the American Psychological Association. However, these areas, as well as all of the areas within the health professions, face enormous changes as health-care reform takes shape. There will be an increase in pressure on health-care professionals to provide evidence that their programs are effective and cost efficient. Health-care professionals also face challenges posed by changing demographics within the United States. Psychology as a discipline faces renewed challenges, and practitioners within the field must ensure that those outside our discipline recognize the contributions we have to offer. In this chapter, we review the changing health-care environment and psychology’s role in it, discuss the importance of continuing to develop cooperative ventures with other disciplines and promoting recognition of psychology’s achievements, highlight the need for advances in assessment, emphasize the importance of health psychologists becoming more involved in consulting on policy-making decisions without ignoring economic and political realities, and present one possible proposal for decreasing rates of one of the most significant risk factors contributing to premature death—smoking. Following these segments is a section in which we emphasize the need to step away from a provincial view of health care toward an international perspective. The chapter concludes with a summary section.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Behavioral Medicine Tobacco Product Utilization Review Weight Cycling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony J. Goreczny
    • 1
  • Colleen M. O’Halloran
    • 2
  1. 1.Highland Drive Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Highland Drive Veterans Affairs Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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