Medical and environmental psychology – University of Copenhagen

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Medical and environmental psychology

Medical psychology describes and analyzes relationships between environmental factors and health and disease, both at the neural level and at the level of the individual.

One focus area is the impact of physical, mental and social factors at different stages in life on the development of psychological characteristics and on the development and course of frequent and severe mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

Focusing on the interaction between environmental and hereditary factors is an essential prerequisite for understanding individual development and the development of physical and mental disease.

Another objective is to develop and evaluate interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of harmful environmental factors, e.g. evaluating specific psychological therapies and methods for assessing psychiatric symptoms and their interaction with personality factors.

Read more about the research at the Unit of Medical Psychology.