27th EHPS Conference, Bordeaux, July 16th-20th 2013

It was hot, that I can say!  Having recently returned from the sweltering sunny haven of Bordeaux I thought I could share a few of the highlights from the 27th European Health Psychology Society conference.  With eight concurrent presentation streams, it was impossible to attend and enjoy all of the excellent academic morsels on offer.  What follows is a biased and personal sample of some of the highlights.

I particularly liked the inclusion of roundtables on provocations for health psychology, these evoked a lively discussion of substantive issues.  Some of the challenges laid down include:

  • James Coyne – publish successful trials (intervention fidelity) that show null results.  Avoid positive publication bias.  Define primary outcome, and stick to it!
  • Charles Abraham – throw out the mini-model approach to social cognition, develop integrated frameworks for understanding relationships between cognition and behaviour.
  • Kerry Chamberlain – get serious about using theory in health psychology (recognising the difference between models and explanatory theory).  Think hard about interactions between data and theory.  Recognise the value inherent in process of theorising our work.
  • Rona Moss-Morris – develop research capacity to evaluate both effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health psychology interventions.  Move from focus on single disease, to acknowledge the growing importance of multimorbidity in chronic illness.

In addition to the excellent academic content, social activities were also a highlight of Bordeaux.  The Gala Dinner, held at the magnificent Palais de la Bourse, was a fantastic event in the most impressive surroundings.  And the wine wasn’t bad either!  I shall miss the beautiful café, good coffee, and pan-au-chocolate.  But look forward to seeing you in Innsbruck, 26th-30th August 2014.  Date for your diary too?

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