People

Director

Kyra Hamilton1 Dr Kyra Hamilton is an Associate Professor in health psychology and behavioural medicine in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. She has both psychology and nursing qualifications and over 25 years’ experience in the health field. She has particular research interests in health behaviour motivation, self-regulation, and 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 Behavioral Medicine, Executive Editor Health Psychology Bulletin, and Editorial Board member Health Psychology ReviewBritish Journal of Health Psychology, and Stress & Health. Dr Hamilton is the State Chair (Queensland) of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists and the Australian National Delegate to the European Health Psychology Society. See moreContact

Lab Manager

FullSizeRender 3 Stephanie Smith has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Stephanie has a strong interest in the use of psychological principles for improving people’s lives. Contact

Faculty

mandy.cassimatis Dr Mandy Cassimatis is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Dr Cassimatis is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in health psychology research. Her research is focused on chronic disease prevention, self-management and co-morbid psychological issues. She has worked on the development and evaluation of digital health programs in this area. Contact
heather Dr Heather Green is the Director of Clinical Psychology Programs in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Dr Green is a Clinical Health Psychologist. Her research focuses on quality of life and self-management for people who are living with or at risk of chronic illnesses, such as cancer. Specific emphases include assessing, understanding and managing cognitive impairments associated with cancer; and lifestyle management, such as optimising physical activity and nutrition. Contact
Tom.png Dr Thomas Hannan is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Thomas’ PhD research focused on the non-conscious and implicit cognitive processes underlying exercise and physical activity behaviour. Thomas has a broad interest in health behaviour research and is particularly interested in utilising dual-process models as a way of understanding and predicting various health behaviours. Thomas has also investigated how mental toughness (the ability to manage pressure and overcome adversities or setbacks) may help to translate an individual’s intentions to exercise into action. Contact

Postgraduate Researchers

PhD

danbrown Daniel Brown (Clinical PhD) WebsiteEmail

Thesis title: Predicting health behaviour: application of a multi-theory, dual-phase model and the role of past behaviour
Daniel is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a research focus in Health Psychology. Daniel’s PhD focuses on testing a multi-phase, multi-theory model of health behaviour across a number of populations and health behaviours. Daniel is particularly interested in understanding what components of habit, as an automatic process, significantly predict and explain health behaviour. Through his clinical psychology training Daniel has developed a range of applied skills across the lifespan. Daniel has also been involved in a range of research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in areas such as: teaching and learning, understand the interplay of multiple health behaviours, and has been involved with a systematic review.

IMG_0602.jpg Kailas Jenkins (Research PhD)

Thesis title: Developing habits for physical activity in the workplace
Kailas is currently undertaking her PhD in health psychology, looking at habits and self-monitoring behaviours that can be used to promote greater physical activity in the workplace. With a particular interest in the interplay between mental and physical health, Kailas aims to combine health and clinical psychology during her career. Throughout Kailas’ undergraduate degree, she was involved in a number of projects involving both qualitative and quantitative data on a range of health behaviours such as alcohol consumption, stress and recycling attitudes.

88030495_222848395557279_7763655211498864640_n (1) Charlene Matthews (Research PhD)


Thesis title: Enhancing obesity management using mHealth: supporting behaviour change to improve long term outcomes
Charlene Matthews is a recent graduate of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Program at bond University, Accredited Practising Dietitian and has commenced a PhD at the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Gold Coast examining service provision for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. She is particularly interested in incorporating health psychology and behaviour change in combination with mHealth (use of mobiles, technology etc). As part of the Master research internship and recent employment in the field of bariatric surgery, Ms Matthews has presented at Dietitian Association Australia’s National Conference, has one paper accepted for publication in Obesity Reviews and had two conference abstracts on bariatric surgery presented internationally.

DanPhipps Dan Phipps (Research PhD) WebsiteEmail

Thesis title: The role of implicit attitudes in health behaviours: Measurement and integrated theoretical models
Daniel has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and is beginning his PhD in 2018 as member of HaPI lab at Griffith University Mt Gravatt. Daniel has experience in social psychology using both quantitative and qualitative methods. For Daniel’s PhD he is researching implicit attitudes in child and adolescent samples. This research will focus upon how best to measure these automatic attitudes and their place within integrated models of behaviour in a health psychology context.

roshan rigby1 Roshan Rigby (Research PhD)

Thesis title: The application of behaviour change theories in dietetic practice
Roshan has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) and is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Allied Health Science at Griffith University. Her PhD aims to explore how dietitians can apply behaviour change theories within their consultations to optimally support individuals towards a healthier diet and lifestyle. Her interests include health behavioural change and diabetes prevention and treatment.

sas Sabryna Sas (Research PhD)

Thesis title: Investigating the effects of incarceration on prisoner self-control
Sabryna has a bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Sabryna has a keen interest in the combination of psychological and criminological constructs, particularly looking at improving the health of individuals incarcerated in Queensland prisons. Sabryna’s PhD research will involve looking at the negative effect of imprisonment on prisoner self-control and other health-related constructs.

FullSizeRender 3 Stephanie Smith (Research PhD)

Thesis title: Promoting parental supervision of oral self-care in young children: development and evaluation of a self-regulatory intervention
Stephanie Smith has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Stephanie has a strong interest in the use of psychological principles for improving people’s lives. Specifically, her PhD research aims to increase the uptake of oral self-care behaviours in young children, which is imperative for healthy teeth and gums throughout life

Nicole Trewick Image.jpg Nicole Trewick (Clinical PhD)

Thesis title: Performance and the psychological experience of exercise within a virtual reality environment
Nicole has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Her PhD research aims to determine whether virtual reality can be used to enhance exercise performance and the positive psychological states during exercise. It is proposed that outcomes can help address the broader physical and mental health problems of today. Nicole is interested in health and clinical psychology, and currently is a provisionally registered psychologist.


Masters

Michelle_Hansen_Photo Michelle Hansen (Master of Clinical Psychology)

Thesis topic: The impact of including a dog in clinical therapy sessions: a clinical controlled trial assessing the difference in attrition rate and DASS scores between therapy sessions with an without a dog present.
Michelle Hansen has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently undertaking the Masters of Clinical Psychology with the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. She has a strong interest in clinical practice and wants to improve current practices through the science-practitioner model by conducting research to help create valid evidence for clinical practice.

JANINE PROF PIC Janine Ramsey (Master of Medical Research )

Thesis title: An investigation of the impact and perceptions of stress and skill attainment in infant/toddler aquatic lessons.
Janine’s research will investigate biological markers, behavioural correlates, aquatic skill attainment and parent perspectives associated with different approaches in infant/toddler aquatic education programs (swimming and survival lessons). Further, the research will lay the foundation for longer-term measures in future research projects. Her research aims to provide evidence to help inform the aquatics industry, policy makers, legislators and the community at large on the safety and effectiveness of infant/toddler aquatic lessons.


Honours

Derek McLellan (Bachelor of Psychology Honours) 
Thesis title: The impact of a self-control intervention to reduce smartphone social media use on sleep quality

Research Assistants

Catherine Clarke (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program, 2019-20)
Suzanne Sinn (Research Assistant, supported by the Kungullanji Summer Research Program 2019-20)
Andrew Smith (Research Assistant, supported by the Kungullanji Summer Research Program 2017-18, 2018-19)

Adjunct Members

MHagger.png Prof Martin Hagger is a Professor of Health Psychology in the Psychological Sciences and Health Sciences Research Institute at the University of California, Merced, USA. He is also a Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. Prof Hagger’s research applies social psychological theory to predict, understand, and change health behaviours. Prof Hagger is external supervisor of HaPI research students, and is a principal collaborator on a range of HaPI research projects in the areas of health behaviour motivation and change, drowning prevention, and stress and health (see Projects page).  
JK-fullsize Dr Jacob Keech is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at The University of the Sunshine Coast and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. Prior to this he was a Honours and PhD student, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the HaPI lab. Dr Keech’s primary research interests are in the development of theory and interventions for reducing the effect of stress on physical and psychological health, and performance. His research also applies psychological theory to understanding and changing health behaviours (eg alcohol, sleep hygiene, screen time) and risky behaviours (swimming behaviours, driving behaviour during flood events). Dr Keech is external supervisor of HaPI research students, and is a principal collaborator on a range of HaPI research projects in the areas of health behaviour motivation and change, drowning prevention, and stress and health (see Projects page). 
Shirley.jpg Prof Shirley Morrissey is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. Prof Morrissey is a Clinical and Health Psychologist and external supervisor of several HaPI research students.

Affiliate Members

SOrbell Prof Sheina Orbell is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Essex, UK. Prof Orbell is a key collaborator on a range of HaPI research projects in the area of health behaviour motivation and change (see Projects page).    
Amy Peden Image Dr Amy Peden is a Lecturer in Injury Prevention in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Amy is also a Senior Research Fellow at Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, and an Honorary Fellow, Injury Division at The George Institute for Global Health. Dr Peden is a key collaborator on a range of HaPI research projects in the area of drowning prevention (see Projects page).
RalfSchwarzer Prof Ralf Schwarzer is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and a Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. Prof Schwarzer is external supervisor of HaPI research student Stephanie Smith, and is a key collaborator on a range of HaPI research projects in the area of health behaviour motivation and change (see Projects page).

Alumni and Past Members

PhD Students
Jacob Keech, The influence of stress mindset on health and performance: Advancing theory, measurement, and intervention (Principle Supervisor with Associate Prof Fran O’Callaghan and Prof Martin Hagger Associate Supervisors; PhD, conferred 15/10/2019). Eloise Cowie, Examining physical activity, psychological wellness, and family relationships among parents of young children (Associate Supervisor with Prof Katherine White (Queensland University of Technology) Principal Supervisor; DPsych, Queensland University of Technology, conferred 18/07/2017). Urska Arnautovska, Physical activity and ageing: An investigation of a dual-process approach (Principle Supervisor with Associate Prof Fran O’Callaghan Associate Supervisor; PhD, conferred 15/03/2017). Tatjana Dordic, Interprofesisonal practice: exploring perceptions of effectiveness across stakeholders and contexts (Associate Supervisor with Prof Liz Jones Principal Supervisor; Clinical PhD, conferred 19/06/2015).
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Masters Students
Hei Tung Heather Ng, Testing the mediation effect of psychological well-being on the relationship between sleep hygiene and academic engagement in Australian and Hong Kong University students (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Organisational Psychology, completed 2019). Kaitlyn Cole, Protective factors against police burnout (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Organisational Psychology, completed 2018).  Aaron Kirkpatrick, TBA (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Clinical Psychology, completed 2017). Emily Fraser, A work-place intervention to increase step counts among sedentary office workers (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Organisational Psychology, completed 2017). Emma Burton, Discussing lifestyle behaviours and mental health issues in general practice: exploring the perspectives of General Practitioners (Associate Supervisor with Prof Hagger [Curtin University] Principal Supervisor, Masters in Clinical Psychology, completed 2016). Hanna Schmidt, Engaging parents of young children in library programs in a low a SES area (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Organisational Psychology, completed 2016). Vanina Marietti, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: perceptions of individual personal use and psychologist clinical practice use (Principle Supervisor, Masters in Clinical Psychology, completed 2015). Nadine Trost, Implicit attitudes towards high-sugar foods and its effects on sugar consumption behaviours (Associate Supervisor with Profs de Vries [Maastricht University] and Hagger [Curtin University] Co-principal Supervisors, Master of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, completed 2015).
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Honours Students
Kim Dunn, Exploring parents’ beliefs about portable-pool safety behaviours and compliance (completed 2019). Karan Lal, Investigating the role of habit and intention in the relationship between past and future behaviour (completed 2019). Shantell Jensen, A qualitative investigation of vaccination adherence in rural and remote Queensland (completed 2019). Michelle Henson, A contemporary state-based measure of cognitive and behavioural coping strategies (completed 2019). Toni Baker, The mediating and moderation roles of habit and self-control on physical activity in adolescence (completed 2018). Jessica-Paige Charlesworth, Do habits supersede intentions? The role of counter-intentional habits in children’s nutrition behaviours (completed 2018). Kailas Jenkins, Self-efficacy and social support as predictors for health behaviours (completed 2018). Sabryna Sass, “The best laid plans”: Do individual differences in planfulness influence the effectiveness of planning interventions? (completed 2018). Amelia-jane Savage, Predicting bootcamp attendance: investigating the interactive effects of planning and habit (completed 2017). James Rowe, Grit-effort and self–discipline as predictors of effort and attendance rates in bootcamps: a mediation analysis (completed 2017). Caitlin Wendt, Using a reflective impulsive model to investigate binge drinking in university students (completed 2017). Candice Fernner, Drinking and swimming: investigating message framing in a temporal and self-regulation context (completed 2017, Masters of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University). Stephen Cornish, Prediction of parental decisions for childhood oral health from beliefs, roles, and moral norms: application of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (completed 2016). Shelby Price, Drivers’ experiences during floods: Exploring beliefs underpinning decisions to avoid driving through floodwater (completed 2016, Masters of Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University). Kaamna Deo, Forming habits: An investigation of simple cues on health behaviour change (completed 2016, Masters of Clinical Psychology at University Southern Queensland). Isabelle Gibbs, Heavy episodic drinking: A dual systems approach (completed 2016). Mikaela Bonham, Investigating interdental cleaning among undergraduate students: Integrating the theory of planned behaviour and habit strength (completed 2015, Clinical PhD at Griffith University). Jason Bishara, Investigating the role of intention, action planning and action control on interdental cleaning (completed 2015). Aaron Kirkpatrick, Using a Theory of Planned Behaviour-Based Approach to Investigate Parental Decision’s about their Young Child’s Sun-Protective Behaviour (completed 2015, Griffith University Award, Masters of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University). Joanne Henderson, Development of theory-based physical activity health messages for pregnant women (completed 2015, Masters of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University). Caitlin Vayro, Investigating the eating decisions of long-haul truck drivers (completed 2014, PhD at University of Southern Queensland). Jacob Keech, Implicit and explicit motives toward reducing pre-drinking in young Australian university students (completed 2014, PhD at Griffith University,). Madeline Ray, An application of the theory of planned behaviour applied to university students’ pre-loading behaviours (completed 2014, Masters of Clinical Psychology at University of Southern Queensland). Eloise Cowie, Investigating the decisions for physical activity engagement among first-in-family students transitioning to university: the role of planning, self-identity, and social support (completed 2013, DPsych at Queensland University of Technology). Teagan Spinks, Investigating Mothers’ decisions to give their 2-3 year old child a nutritionally balanced diet: a Theory of Planned Behaviour approach (completed 2013, Masters of Clinical Psychology at Bond University). Marti Pearson, Understanding the decision making processes of individuals who drive through flooded waterways (completed 2013). Hanna Schmidt, Drinking and swimming: investigating the factors that influence Australian males’ intentions to engage in recreational swimming while under the influence of alcohol (completed 2012, Masters of Organisational Psychology at Griffith University). Courtney Thomson, Investigating parents’ decisions regarding their child’s health behaviours using the Theory of Planned Behaviour (completed 2010).
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Research Assistants 

Nick Armbrister (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Aaron Anderson
(Research Assistant, Bachelor of Honours (Psychology) research placement, 2019)
Andrew Campbell
(Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program, 2018-19)
Jessica-Paige Charlesworth (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Georgia Chewter (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Daniel Demant
(Research Assistant, supported by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia)
Bridie Gray (Research Assistant, 3030PSY: Applying Psychology research placement 2019-20)
Jacqueline Hall (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Michael Jauch (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Kailas Jenkins (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Derek McLellan (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program, 2019-20)
Ryan Pearson (Research Assistant, supported by the Kungullanji Summer Research Program 2016-17)
Karan Lal (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Alexander Mason (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Oscar Naar (Research Assistant, 3030PSY: Applying Psychology research placement, 2019-20)
Julia Robertson (Research Assistant, supported by the Griffith Staff Giving Buddy Program)
Nathan Santinella (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Sabryna Sas (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program 2017-18)
Bridie Stewart (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Meera Swaminathan (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Alex Winters (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Peiyun Wu (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program 2016-17)

 

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