Behavioral health and behavioral medicine: Frontiers for a new health psychology

Joseph D. Matarazzo

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Developments over the past decade in psychology, in medicine, in funding institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, and in industry make clear that the rapidly growing areas of behavioral medicine and behavioral health are presenting psychology and its sister professions with new opportunities for training, research, and practice. Specific developments within psychology leading to the establishment of the American Psychological Association's Division 38 (Health Psychology) are traced. Also traced are activities on the national level that have led to the development of organizations with a more interdisciplinary focus. Despite a modicum of overselling in some quarters, behavioral health and health psychology appear to be ideas whose time has come. (40 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-817
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1980


  • development of behavioral health & medicine & health psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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