Health Psychology

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This course examines the psychological influences on health, well-being and longevity. Students evaluate the interplay between emotions, cognitions and behavioral factors which affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of chronic illness and disease over the life span. Topics will include depression and illness, traumatic injuries, neuromuscular diseases, cancer and chronic pain. Psychological treatment involving wellness behaviors, smoking cessation, substance abuse, proper nutrition and exercise are studied from the biopsychosocial model.