A Happy and Healthy Life: Understanding the Links Between Psychological Well-Being and Physical Health

Date : April 21st, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Presenter : Dr. Anne-Josée Guimond, Ph.D

Host : Maria Paula Mora Perez 

Description: The number of older adults is growing rapidly throughout the world. As populations age, the number of people afflicted by age-related chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease) is also expected to increase. Therefore, identifying health assets, that is, factors that can contribute to preventing disease development and promoting better health, is a public health priority. Psychological well-being is increasingly regarded as this type of health asset. But is the person who seems happier really less likely than someone who is unhappier to develop a physical illness? In this webinar, I will review recent research findings regarding the association of psychological well-being with disease development and health maintenance and explore mechanisms that might underlie these associations.

Biography: Dr. Anne-Josée Guimond, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and at the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness. Her research aims to understand how positive and detrimental aspects of psychological functioning impact the incidence of age-related chronic diseases and the maintenance of optimal physical health through modifiable biological and behavioral factors. Her work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Guimond received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Université Laval (Canada), where her doctoral thesis focused on the role of emotion regulation in psychological adjustment to breast cancer. She is a licensed psychologist (Ordre des Psychologues du Québec) with expertise in health psychology, anxiety, mood, and sleep disorders.

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