Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

Kristi S. Van Sickle

Second Advisor

Richard T. Elmore

Third Advisor

John Deaton

Fourth Advisor

Mary Beth Kenkel


This study examined the health behaviors and health counseling practices among psychologists and psychology trainees, focusing on a variety of settings of practice. Both psychologists and trainees self-reported practicing a greater number of health enhancing behaviors compared to equivalent U.S. adults. Results indicated a higher rate of health counseling activity when psychologists and trainees endorsed counseling on health behaviors as more important, and additionally when having more training in health counseling. The results of this study expand upon the growing literature related to health professionals’ personal health behaviors and focuses on population health needs for improved health behaviors. Future research will serve to support and expand the research of variables impacting psychologists and trainees’ health counseling activity across specific settings.


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