Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, 1st Canadian Edition (2015)
by Edward Sarafino, Timothy Smith, David King, & Anita DeLongis

Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions First Canadian Edition helps students to understand the interplay of biological, psychological and social factors in people’s health. It has a modular structure, which allows instructors to choose to cover all of the systems at once or distribute them to other chapters. The psychological research cited in the text supports a variety of behavioural, physiological, cognitive, and social/personality viewpoints. The Canadian edition includes health care systems in a Canadian context as well as discussions of health issues affecting marginalized groups, stress, substance use, health services, fetal alcohol syndrome, Indigenous issues, and material on social inequalities in the health services section. The book also includes international examples and cross cultural references to broaden the psychologist’s view of health issues around the world and to highlight what works in the field. Buy a copy today!

Holistic Health Coaching & Consulting

I offer a variety of individual and group consulting services aimed at improving holistic health and inspiring personal development across life domains, from one-on-one coaching to workshops and seminars. Applying my backgrounds in spiritual and health psychology, my goal is to motivate people towards personal growth, balanced and complete health, and a more meaningful existence. I specialize in helping people find meaning in their lives, cope with loss, and better understand their place in this world. My approach to coaching and consulting is rooted in the existential and humanistic domains of psychology, focusing on meaning, purpose, and inner potential.

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The 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science | May, 2015, New York, NY. The impact of early life trauma on reminiscence functions among Israeli Holocaust survivors

The 122nd American Psychological Association Annual Convention | August, 2014, Washington, DC. Coping with the Threat of Influenza A/H1N1 The Importance of Empathy in Vaccination Uptake and Taking Health Precautions

The 75th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association | June, 2014, Vancouver, BC. Stress Within, Stress Between: The Daily Transmission of Occupational Stress and Burnout in Paramedics and their Spouses

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology | February, 2014, Austin, TX. Dyadic Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Spouse Responses Moderate the Effect of Patient Coping on Pain. In M. Chan (Chair), Dissecting Social Relationships and Biological Consequences: Interdisciplinary Dyadic Approaches

The 2011 International Association for Relationship Research 'Health, Emotion, and Relationships' Mini-Conference | October, 2011, Tucson, AZ. Couples Coping with Trauma: Examining the Daily Lives of Paramedics and their Spouses

The 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science | May, 2009, San Francisco, CA. When the Going Gets Tough: Couples Coping with Marital Conflict

The 5th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning | July, 2008, Toronto, ON. Personal Meaning Production as a Component of Spiritual Intelligence

Trent University Centre for Health Studies Sixth Annual Health Studies Day | January, 2008, Peterborough, ON. Brighter Paths to Wellbeing: An Integrative Model of Human Intelligence & Health

The World Congress on Psychology & Spirituality | January, 2008, Delhi, India. Development & Preliminary Testing of the SISRI; The Transformative Potential of Dreamwork

Trent University Centre for Health Studies Fifth Annual Health Studies Day | January, 2007, Peterborough, ON. Dreams and Health: Examining the Connection

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
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A Practical Guide to Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: The Science of Self-Discovery

Spiritual Intelligence (SI) is a concept which is growing in both personal interest and theoretical support around the world. Although many definitions have been proposed, I define spiritual intelligence as a set of mental capacities which contribute to the awareness, integration, and adaptive application of the nonmaterial and transcendent aspects of one’s existence, leading to such outcomes as deep existential reflection, enhancement of meaning, recognition of a transcendent self, and mastery of spiritual states.

The Spiritual Intelligence Self-Report Inventory (SISRI-24)
(King, 2008; King & DeCicco, 2009)

A self-report measure of spiritual intelligence has recently been developed and validated (with additional validation studies on-going). This tool provides a useful starting point for the measurement of spiritual intelligence. The long-term goal is the investigation and potential development of performance task measures of spiritual intelligence, as these would most directly assess the target construct.

Download the SISRI-24 here. For a detailed discussion of spiritual intelligence measurement, read David's thesis on spiritual intelligence here or see the following publications: King & DeCicco (2009); King, Mara, & DeCicco (2012).

PERMISSIONS & USE: The SISRI-24 is free for unlimited use by students, researchers, and practitioners, so long as the scale is referenced properly (see below) and not altered in any way, shape, or form without the author's permission.

Academic Theses & Projects

PhD (2013). Daily Dynamics of Stress in Canadian Paramedics and their Spouses.
University of British Columbia.    *For a summary report of the Paramedic SCOPE Study, click on the logo to the right.

MSc (2008). Rethinking Claims of Spiritual Intelligence: A Definition, Model, and Measure.
Trent University.

BSc (2006). The Relationships among Dream Content, Dream Attitudes, and Waking Life Characteristics.
Trent University.

Invited Talk: Stress Within, Stress Between:
New Insights into...Stress & Burnout

Sample Lecture: Death & Dying: Finding
Meaning at the End of Life (PSYC-314)

Invited Talk: Fight or Flight, or Frenzy? Navigating Health & Happiness...

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.” ~ Lord Byron

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