Health Psychology Ph.D. Program Description

A particular emphasis of the Health Psychology Ph.D. Program is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions that involve multiple disciplines. The program has links with other colleges, departments, and programs in the university including the College of Health and Human Services , College of Education, and Gerontology Program which allows students to select health courses across disciplines. The faculty are involved in a variety of research including in the following areas:

  • Cognition, memory, and health
  • Community interventions to promote health and well-being of children and adolescents
  • Coping with chronic health problems
  • Health behavior change and maintenance
  • Medically unexplained illnesses
  • Obesity
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial and behavioral research and intervention in cancer
  • Risk and resilience
  • Sleep behavior
  • Social and cultural determinants of health and illness
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Traumatic events and post-traumatic growth
  • Traumatic brain injury

The Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at UNC Charlotte offers students an opportunity to obtain their Ph. D. in Health Psychology with a concentration in one of the following areas