Institute of Health Psychology (IHP)

The Institute of Health Psychology (IHP) shares the New Zealand Psychological Society’s commitment to promote and disseminate psychology as a pure and applied science but with a specific focus on the discipline and interests of health psychology. Being a member of the IHP provides the combined benefits of the Society and the Institute, and is a great opportunity to contribute to health psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Aims of the Institute

The Institute of Health Psychology was established in the interests of the public and the profession, to promote the highest standards of health psychology knowledge and practice within Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Institute specifically aims to:

  1. Promote the discipline of Health Psychology in New Zealand
  2. Promote the professional development of health psychologists in New Zealand by facilitating opportunities for ongoing education and the sharing of information relevant to the practice of health psychology
  3. Promote the interests of the profession of health psychology in New Zealand

IHP Committee members for 2020/21 are:
Debbie Bean, Chairperson, debbie.bean(at)
Amy Jackson, Secretary
Katherine Skinner, Treasurer
Iris Fontanilla, Professional Development Co-ordinator
Sarah Colgan, Professional Development Co-ordinator
Vanessa Garcia, Professional Development Co-ordinator
Connor Silvester, Student Representative

What are the benefits of belonging to the Institute?

Being a member of the IHP provides a range of benefits, including:

  • Recognition – your professional status will be easily recognised by employing authorities and other professional bodies. Full Members receive a Certificate of Membership and can use the title MNZPsS, MIHP.
  • Professional Support – you will have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with colleagues as part of a network of health psychologists throughout New Zealand.
  • Training and Conference – you get to attend regular IHP Peer Review meetings, and get discounted fees at IHP sponsored workshops. Your opinions and preferences can help shape the training that is offered.
  • Consultation and Representation – your views on relevant professional matters can be represented through IHP involvement in various government consultation groups and submissions.

Membership Criteria and Categories

Full Member (Practitioner) status is open to anyone who:
Has New Zealand Registration as a Psychologist AND has a minimum of three years’ experience or 1500 hours working as a registered psychologist providing psychological care to patients/ clients who present with physical health problems.

Full Member (Academic) status is open to anyone who:
Holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology or equivalent qualification.
Currently works primarily in teaching or research activities related to the field of health psychology.

Associate Affiliate – status is open to anyone who:
Has New Zealand Registration as a Psychologist AND has experience or is currently working with patients/clients primarily in physical health settings, but has not amassed the amount of experience necessary for full membership.

Student Affiliate – status is open to anyone who:
Has passed the Post Graduate Diploma of Science in Health Psychology and completed a Masters of Science in Health Psychology or equivalent qualification. OR is currently enrolled in the Post Graduate Diploma of Science in Health Psychology or equivalent qualification.
Has been accepted to be enrolled in the Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology or equivalent qualification.
Download the IHP student application form

Membership Fees

The annual membership levy is $57.50. Please provide payment of this levy along with your application. Once your membership application has been approved this payment will be processed. Thereafter a yearly levy is due with payment of your annual NZPsS levy. Student membership is free.


The IHP was formally established at the NZPsS’s 2009 AGM. The IHP has an elected governing committee that meets quarterly to promote the Institute’s aims. While subject to the rules of the Society, the IHP has its own set of governance rules, which are available on the NZPsS website or by request.

How to join the IHP

click here for the online application form

Please email the IHP Supervisor’s Report to your supervisor/s who will complete and forward it directly to national office.

In this document you will find the membership application form including supervisor’s report template. When submitting your application please complete the relevant sections and provide copies of the required documentation (see application form for more details). Return these to the NZ Psychological Society. Your application will be reviewed by the delegated members of the IHP committee and you will be advised by post once it is processed. We aim to do this in a timely manner, which can be expected to take about 4 weeks once all documentation is received.

The IHP is proud to announce the Keshia Handa grant recipient

Amy Hemmington is the recipient.


Contact the NZPsS membership administrator on membership(at) for more information.


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