Welcome to the Health Psychology Lab
Health Psychology is the psychological discipline that studies psychological and behavioral processes in health, illness and healthcare.
Health Psychology is a young discipline. The biomedical health model that was predominant in the 19th century — health as the absence of illness — has been replaced with the biopsychosocial model. This modern view of health as being determined by an interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors is a result of medical progress: At the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases were the most common cause of death. Today, lifestyle factors such as unbalanced nutrition or a sedentary lifestyle lead to chronic and degenerative diseases, now the most prevalent causes of death. Given these changes, research on health behaviors and lifestyle is becoming ever more important.
Our team’s research interests focus on the psychological, social, and environmental determinants of health behaviors and long-term health behavior change. Furthermore, we examine mechanisms that underlie the relationship between health behavior and psychological health. You can find more information about our research here.
More information about our teaching and potential topics for bachelor’s and master’s theses can be found under Teaching.
Information about our team (including phone numbers, email addresses, and office
hours) can be found under Our Team.