The Department of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine (GPV) was established on 1 August 2018 and extends the teaching and research activities of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Bern. In particular, the new department has strengthened the Faculty of Humanities' focus on physical health and well-being.
The following focal points are researched and taught:
- Health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation
- Concepts of health behaviour
- Psychological perspectives on physical diseases
- Psychological interventions in the medical field
Since health psychology and behavioural medicine share many aspects with clinical psychology, especially with regard to interventions, some lectures and seminars of the GPV are also recognized by the CPP department. The departments are different in their research fields, especially in the focus on the maintenance of mental and physical health, resilience to critical life events, and psychological determinants of health behaviour.