Division of Health Psychology

Health psychology is the study of psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness, and healthcare (Johnston, 1994)

Membership of the Division is open only to graduate members of the Society. There are two categories of membership of the Division; these are as follows:

Full Membership

Full Membership of the Division is only open to PSI Graduate Members. Chartered PSI Members who are accepted as Full Members of the Division are eligible to be placed on the Specialist Directory of Health Psychologists. This is a public list that can be accessed via the PSI website. 
An applicant for Full Membership must fulfil one of the following conditions:

Hold a postgraduate professional qualification in Health Psychology recognised by PSI Council of the Society


Hold a postgraduate qualification in Psychology and have such training and/or experience as may be regarded by the Division Committee as equivalent to a professional qualification in Health Psychology


Associate Membership

Associate Membership of the Division is open to PSI members. Associate Members can suggest resolutions and requests for matters to be put onto the Annual General Meeting agenda but are not entitled to hold office or to vote.

An applicant for Associate Membership must fulfil one of the following conditions:

Be  studying  a  relevant  postgraduate qualification in Health Psychology leading  to  eligibility  for  Full Membership;


Be engaged in an area of work related to Health Psychology recognised for this purpose by the Division Committee.

Application Process

Applications are made through the PSI website and sent to the Division Committee for evaluation. All applications must include the below: 

·        Current CV
·        Proof of relevant qualification(s)

Who we are: Aims and Objectives

To promote ...

  • Best practice in, and lead in the development and application of, Health Psychology.
  • Awareness of Health Psychology in Ireland as a distinct specialism of psychology in its own right.
  • Develop Health Psychology in Ireland as a clear and well-defined career pathway for students to follow.
  • Enhance employment prospects for graduating Health Psychologists in Ireland.
  • Enhance the recognition of the psychological aspects of health and illness.
  • Promote the delivery of a multidisciplinary approach to health services.
  • Promote high standards of professionalism among members by establishing, maintaining and developing a register of Health Psychologists.
  • Promote and encourage scientific research in Health Psychology.
  • Contribute to the ethos of Continuing Professional Development in the Society.
  • Collaborate with other national and international bodies for the development of the field.


Studying Health Psychology in Ireland

These are the only PSI accredited Health Psychology courses in Ireland

MSc Health Psychology at NUIG: Here

Structured PhD in Psychology and Health at NUIG: Here

Structured PhD in Health Psychology Practice at NUIG: Here




Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference

The DHP Awards will be taking place this year and all information can be found in the footer below. The winners will be announced in the abstract booklet.

2021 -  This year the School of Public Health and the School of Applied Psychology in University College Cork are jointly hosting the Conference. The Conference is fully online and will be held as three half-day sessions on May 12th 13th and 14th. See more details at https://www.ucc.ie/en/phm/

2020 -  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 in-person conference was cancelled. The book of abstracts is available to view at https://osf.io/khg45/

2019 - Maynooth

2018 – Ulster University, Coleraine

2017 – RCSI

2016 – UCC

2015 – Stranmillis University College, Belfast

2014 –UL

2013 – DCU

2012 – Queens, Belfast

2011 – NUIG

2010 – RCSI

2009 – TCD


To contact the Division of Health Psychology: 


Twitter: @PSI_DHP



Dr Lisa Hynes


Dr Emma Carr

Honorary Secretary

Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Membership Secretary

Eimear Morrissey

Public Relations Officer

Caroline Kelleher

Honorary Treasurer

Catherine Darker

Ordinary member

Noirin Nealon-Lennox

Ordinary member

Sinead Ní Mhurchardha

Ordinary member

Niamh Mc Grath

Ordinary member

Jenny McSharry

Ordinary member

Oonagh Meade

Ordinary member

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