Health Psychology

Ryan J. Marek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
College of Osteopathic Medicine


John H. Porcerelli, PhD, ABPP

Director, UDM Psychology Clinic
Department of Psychology
University of Detroit Mercy

The mission of the Health Psychology interest group is to provide SPA members (including students) with an opportunity to discuss their interests and experiences (direct service, supervisory, and research) of psychological and personality assessment in medical settings. These settings include general hospitals, primary care clinics (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics), and specialty clinics (cardiology, surgery, physical medicine & rehab, neurology, oncology, etc.). The interest group will discuss the role of personality assessment in medical settings, share health psychology assessment experiences, distribute a list of health psychology references, and plan for future SPA symposiums focusing on assessment in medical settings.


Hello all!

Welcome to the Health Psychology Interest Group page! Our group serves as a network of psychologists who specialize in the areas of health psychology, including (but not limited to) primary care psychology, presurgical evaluations, rehabilitation psychology  and neuropsychology. We always meet at least once year at the annual Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) convention 

Beginning in 2022, we will be developing an award process to showcase research at the convention in our group meeting. SPA’s convention is a busy time and we are often torn between sessions. Thus, we’d like to highlight one outstanding project related to health psychology at each convention each year and give the awardee an opportunity to briefly present their work to our group.  

As the group continues to grow, we are aiming to bring in some outside guests to talk about their work as it relates to health psychology. Because SPA’s convention is held in various cities each year, we are hoping to bring both health psychologists or other scholars in healthcare from these local cities. Our hope is to build a network of professionals with related interests outside of SPA that we can connect our group with. 

We like this group to be inclusive, so we welcome anyone with interests related to ours into our group. We also are always open to ideas, so please do not hesitate to share them with us and our group at large. 

Ryan Marek, Ph.D. and John Porcerelli, Ph.D.


  • Consider colleagues or other professionals in the area that the SPA Convention is being held as potential guest speakers for our interest group.
  • Develop webinars in the areas of psychological assessment and health psychology. 
  • Find meaningful collaborations with other interest groups at SPA. 
  • Explore the possibility of a listserv


Our next meeting will occur at the annual convention in March, 2022! We will be reaching out to our members ahead of the convention.