The health psychologist is a professional that diagnoses and treats illnesses affecting various patients. They examine the biological, psychological, and social factors affecting an individual's health status. These professionals work with people experiencing a physical or mental illness. A health psychologist is tasked with performing assessments, conducting surveys, and interviewing to explore a patient's condition. They are in charge of overseeing the implementation of programs in oncology, pain management, etc., to cater to a patient's healthcare. Also, they help prevent illnesses, reduce pain, and improve recovery.
A health psychologist makes a median income of $79,010 and is required to undergo a five-year doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology. They specialize during a year of internship or residency in health psychology. To work as a health psychologist, you must be certified by the American Psychological Association. A health psychologist works in medical centers, universities, and health programs.