The Department of Health Psychology promotes quality of life for individuals and families throughout the lifespan by addressing the complex interplay of medical and behavioral factors. Our work promotes best outcomes by addressing a range of needs from the individual level to the social policy level.
MU DHP is comprised of neuropsychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, health psychologists, and behavior analysts who conduct research as well as provide clinical services and training.
Research – DHP faculty conduct research in autism, brain injury, rehabilitation, and applied behavior analysis.
Service – DHP faculty provide clinical services to children and adults with and without neurodevelopmental disorders in outpatient and inpatient settings. MU DHP is the sole provider of neuropsychological and rehabilitation psychology services for the MU Health Sciences Center and the primary provider of these services for central Missouri.
Training – DHP provides training in clinical psychology at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level. Additionally, our applied behavior analysis (ABA) graduate programs (MS in ABA and Graduate Certificate in ABA) provide training to behavior analysts
Our goals are focused on helping individuals and their families adjust to disabilities by assisting with the clarification of impairments, the development of compensatory strategies, the process of coping with residual difficulties, and the identification of appropriate community resources.