Leslie A. Robinson
Phone: (901) 678-2630
This specialty area is housed within the Clinical Psychology Program. Health Psychology
is broadly concerned with studying the intersection of psychology and health. This
includes using psychological theories and intervention approaches to understand, prevent,
and treat medical conditions and health-compromising behaviors. The Clinical Health
Psychology faculty at the University of Memphis is primarily interested in studying
risky health-related behaviors, with a special emphasis on addictive behaviors. Faculty
interests range from laboratory studies that examine the basic decision making processes
related to health risk and addictive behaviors (using cognitive, social learning,
and behavioral economic models), to large scale epidemiology and prevention studies,
to clinical trials evaluating treatments for a range of health-risk and addictive
behaviors (e.g., alcohol, gambling, illicit drugs, obesity/sedentary behavior, tobacco).
Promotion of healthful behaviors and evaluation of the psychosocial consequences of
disease also receive serious attention. Please see the affiliated faculty web pages
for more detailed information.
Clinical Psychology students who specialize in Clinical Health Psychology complete
all of the general Clinical Psychology coursework and training experiences. In addition
to this strong generalist training, they receive supplemental specialized training
in the research and practice of Clinical Health Psychology. This includes coursework
related to the practice of psychology in medical settings, the effects of medical
illness on cognitive and emotional functioning, theories and models of health behavior
change, and empirically supported intervention approaches. Clinical Health Psychology
students also complete clinical training in a variety of settings, including Veterans
Affairs Medical Centers, University Health Care Centers, and Pediatric and Adult Cancer
Hospitals/Clinics. In the same way, Clinical Health Psychology students have access
to unique research experiences within the broader biomedical community in Memphis,
which includes a medical school, several nursing schools, schools for other health
care providers, and hospitals for both adults and children, including the internationally
known St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Within our own university, our students
have the opportunity to access specialized training in our new School of Public Health,
as well as in allied areas, such as health-care economics, health communication, and
This specialty has a strong research emphasis and is well-suited to students who aspire
to academic and/or medical setting positions as career goals. Funding is excellent
for researchers trained in this area, and the job market for Clinical Health Psychologists
is quite strong.
Andrew W. Meyers, Ph.D.
James G. Murphy, Ph.D.
Leslie Robinson, Ph.D.
James Whelan, Ph.D.
Kristoffer S. Berlin Ph.D.
Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.
Meghan E. McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D.
Idia B. Thurston, Ph.D.