Behavioral Medicine: An Interface of Psychology and Medicine

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Over the past 10 years, there has been growing interest in the possibilities and potential of the integration of psychology and medicine. The term “behavioral medicine” is now frequently encountered, and the American Psychological Association has formally instituted a division of health psychology. However, there is still confusion in the minds of many practicing psychologists as to what “behavioral medicine,” “health psychology” are all about; and what possible consulting and teaching options may be available to them as a result of these innovations in their own field.

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