Behavioral Health Psychology

What is Behavioral Health Psychology?


Many health conditions are the result of behaviors:

Condition Behavior
Overweight/Obese Poor nutrition and physical inactivity
Lung Cancer/
Addiction Substance abuse
Alcoholism Problem drinking
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Unprotected sex

Individuals – in principle – have the ability to modify their behaviors in order to improve their health condition, quality of life, and future health outcomes. Behavioral health psychologists investigate and implement a broad range of activities and approaches that focus on the individual, community and environmental influences on behavior. These behavioral programs are usually grounded in one or more theories of behavior change, and focus on activities that help a person reflect on their unhealthy behaviors and change them in order to reduce their risk for poor health and improve their overall quality of life.

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Teresa M. Waters, PhD
Department of
Preventive Medicine
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 633
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5900