BN, GDipPsych, BPsychHons, GCertHigherEd, PhD
Dr Hamilton has psychology and nursing qualifications and over 25 years’ experience in the health field. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Her main areas of research are health psychology and behavioural medicine with particular interests in health behaviour motivation, self-regulation, and change. Dr Hamilton applies social-cognitive and motivational theories to understand and intervene to change people’s health- and risk-related behaviours, focusing particularly on behaviours of national and international importance (e.g., physical activity, nutrition, sun safety, alcohol consumption, oral hygiene, patient safety, drowning prevention). She focuses on how psychological and behavioural factors affect people’s behaviour and what individuals, healthcare professionals, and policy makers can do to intervene to change health- and risk-related behaviours. She is particularly interested in understanding the multiple effects of motivational, volitional, and automatic processes on health behaviour and applying integrative models of behaviour change. Dr Hamilton has won national and international awards for her research and is Chief Investigator on national competitive, industry, and internal grant funded projects. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief Psychology & Health, Associate Editor International Journal of Behvioral Medicine, Executive Editor Health Psychology Bulletin, and Editorial Board member Health Psychology Review, British Journal of Health Psychology, and Stress & Health. Dr Hamilton is the State Chair (Queensland) of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists (APS-CHP), the Australian National Delegate to the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and founder and director of the Health and Psychology Innovations (HaPI) research laboratory.