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 Associate Editor Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being and 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

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) 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 around self-monitoring behaviours
Kailas is currently undertaking her PhD in health psychology, looking at habits and self-monitoring behaviours that can be used to promote health enhancing behaviours. 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.

jk Jacob Keech (Research PhD)  WebsiteEmail

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

DanPhipps Dan Phipps (Research PhD)

Thesis title: The role of implicit attitudes in children’s 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.

Lily.jpg Lily Sheppard (Organisational Psychology PhD)

Thesis title: Investigating interprofessional collaboration within integrated healthcare systems
Lily has completed a Bachelor in Psychological Science (Hon) and is currently undertaking the combined PhD and Masters program in Organisational Psychology. Lily has worked in multiple health research projects over the course of her studies, investigating areas such as chronic pain, eating disorders and health behaviours. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods and has taught psychology, research and evidence-based practice in health at university level for over three years. Her main research and practical interests involve improving efficiency and effectiveness of coordination and communication amongst healthcare practitioners within primary and tertiary healthcare organisations.

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 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.


Heather1 Heather Ng (Masters of Organisational Psychology)

Thesis title: Investigating sleep hygiene behaviours and work performance among  Australian and Hong Kong university students


Michelle Hansen (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Development and validation of a state measure of coping

Research Assistants

Andrew Campbell (Research Assistant, supported by the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship Program 2018-19)
Nathan Santinella (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Sabryna Sas (Research Assistant, volunteer)
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 in the School of Psychology at Curtin University, Australia. He is also a Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Prof Hagger is external supervisor for PhD students Jacob Keech, Daniel Brown, Daniel Phipps, and Kailas Jenkins. He 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).  
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 Amy Peden is the National Manager of Research and Policy with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA). She is also a PhD Candidate with James Cook University exploring the epidemiology, risk factors and strategies for the prevention of river drowning in Australia. She collaborates on a range of HaPI research projects on drowning prevention and encouraging safer behaviours around water (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 for PhD 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).

Affiliate Members

Julia Robertson (supported by the Griffith Staff Giving Buddy Program)

Alumni and Past Members

PhD Students
Dr Urska Arnautovska
Dr Eloise Cowie
Dr Tatjana Dordic
Masters Students
Emma Burton (Curtin University)
Kaitlyn Cole
Emily Fraser
Aaron Kirkpatrick
Vanina Marietti
Hanna Schmidt
Nadine Trost (Curtin University)
Honours Students
Toni Baker
Jason Bishara
Mikaela Bonham
Jessica-Paige Charlesworth
Stephen Cornish
Eloise Cowie
Kaamna Deo
Candice Fenner
Isabelle Gibbs
Joanne Henderson
Kailas Jenkins
Jacob Keech
Aaron Kirkpatrick
Marti Pearson
Shelby Price
Madeleine Ray
James Rowe
Amelia-Jane Savage
Sabryna Sass
Hanna Schmidt
Teagan Spinks
Caitlin Vayro
Caitlin Wendt
Research Assistants and Visiting Researchers
Jessica-Paige Charlesworth (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Daniel Demant (Research Assistant, supported by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia)
Jacqueline Hall (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Zahra Hussaini (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Michael Jauch (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Kailas Jenkins (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Ryan Pearson (Research Assistant, supported by the Kungullanji Summer Research Program 2016-17)
Karan Lal (Research Assistant, volunteer)
Alexander Mason (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)