kyra-bio-204x293 Dr Kyra Hamilton has over 25 years’ experience in the health field and is Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. Her main areas of research are Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine with particular interests in health behaviour motivation 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 Associate Editor Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being and Executive Editor Health Psychology Bulletin. She is also Editorial Board member British Journal of Health Psychology, Stress & Health, Frontiers in Psychology (Social and Personality Psychology), and European Health Psychologist. 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

jk Jacob Keech is a PhD candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. He has a background in health psychology and has worked on a number of health-related projects including projects with Dr Hamilton investigating pre-drinking alcohol consumption in university students, and also water safety behaviours. Jacob’s PhD research is exploring how stress mindset (the extent to which stress is believed to have enhancing or debilitating outcomes) influences physical and psychological wellbeing. Jacob is the Student Representative for the Queensland section of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists. Contact

Postgraduate Researchers


danbrown Daniel Brown (Clinical PhD)

Thesis title: Predicting health behaviour: application of a multi-theory, dual-phase model and the role of past behaviour

elloise.jpg Eloise Cowie (Clinical Doctorate, Queensland University of Technology)

Thesis title: Examining physical activity, psychological wellness, and family relationships among parents of young children
Eloise Cowie has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and is currently completing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology. Her research focusses on the application of social cognitive theories to understand the health behaviours of parents of very young children.

jk Jacob Keech (Research PhD)  WebsiteEmail

Thesis title: The influence of stress mindset on stress-related outcomes: a dual-systems approach

FullSizeRender 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 (Clinical PhD)
Thesis title: Performance and the psychological experience of exercise within a virtual reality environment


Kaitlyn Cole (Masters of Organisational Psychology)
Thesis title: TBC
Emily Fraser (Masters of Organisational Psychology)
Thesis title: A work-place intervention to increase step counts among sedentary office workers
Aaron Kirkpatrick (Masters of Clinical Psychology)
Thesis title: TBC
Heather Ng (Masters of Organisational Psychology)
Thesis title: TBC


Candice Fenner (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Drinking and swimming: investigating message framing in a temporal and self-regulation context
James Rowe (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Grit-effort and self–discipline as predictors of effort and attendance rates in bootcamps: a mediation analysis
Amelia-Jane Savage (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Predicting bootcamp attendance: investigating the interactive effects of planning and habit
Caitlin Wendt (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Using a reflective impulsive model to investigate binge drinking in university students

Research Assistants

Daniel Demant (Research Assistant, supported by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia)
Michael Jauch (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Kailas Jenkins (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Rachel Jordan (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Ryan Pearson (Research Assistant, supported by the Kungullanji Summer Research Program 2016)
Peiyun Wu (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program 2016)

Undergraduate Student Affiliates

Julia Robertson (supported by the Griffith Staff Giving Buddy Program)
Dana-Maree Buffett (supported by the Griffith Honours College Mentoring Program)

Alumni and Past Members

Dr Urska Arnautovska
Jason Bishara
Mikaela Bonham
Emma Burton (Curtin University)
Stephen Cornish
Kaamna Deo
Dr Tatjana Dordic
Isabelle Gibbs
Joanne Henderson
Vanina Marietti
Marti Pearson
Shelby Price
Madeline Ray
Hanna Schmidt
Teagan Spinks
Nadine Trost (Curtin University)
Caitlin Vayro