|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 30 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, 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 and the Australian National Delegate to the European Health Psychology Society. See more – Contact|
|Kailas Jenkins has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Kailas has research interests in theories of social cognition, habit, and emotions. See below for more details about Kailas’ research.|
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|Sabryna Sas 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 research interests in the role of incarceration in impacting self-control, and predicting self-control changes in a situational context. See below for more details about Sabryna’s research.|
|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|
|Dr Heather Green is the Acting Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Dr Green is a Clinical Psychologist and 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|
|Dr Roshan Rigby is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and completed her PhD in 2021. Her doctoral research explored the application of behaviour change science within dietetics practice and education programs. Her research interests include dietary behaviours and chronic disease management, as well as university learning and teaching.
Postdoctoral and Research Fellows
|Dr Thomas Hannan is a Research Fellow in the HaPI Lab. Dr Hannan’s research focuses broadly on the cognitive processes that underpin people’s decision-making to engage in health behaviours. He conducts research in the areas of sports psychology, human motivation and performance, driving behaviour, parents of children with chronic health conditions, and population health behaviour change. Contact|
Dr Daniel Phipps is a Research Fellow in the HaPI Lab. 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.
|Dr Stephanie Smith is a Research Fellow in the HaPI Lab, and Team Leader of Living Well After Stroke at the Stroke Foundation. Her research is broadly focused on the application of psychological theories of behaviour to predict and promote health behaviour change. Stephanie’s PhD research focused on applying the Health Action Process Approach to improve parental supervised toothbrushing of preschoolers. She is currently developing a program based on the Health Action Process Approach aimed at preventing stroke recurrence among survivors of stroke.|
|Nicholas Browning (Research PhD)
Thesis title: The moderating role of action control on the relationship between automatic and reflective processes
|Kailas Jenkins (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Developing habits for physical activity in the workplace
|Charlene Matthews (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Enhancing obesity management using mHealth: supporting behaviour change to improve long term outcomes
|Jay Naidu (Research PhD)
Thesis topic: Towards an Understanding of Health Behaviour Maintenance in Complex Behaviours
Jay Naidu has a Bachelor of Business (Honours) and is undertaking a PhD in the School of Business at Griffith University. He is interested in applying social marketing as a systems science to address complex problems such as chronic disease. His research aims to understand behavioural techniques and strategies to inform health intervention design and implementation for sustained impact.
|Theo Noordover (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Towards a physically more active lifestyle based on one’s own values: the results of a randomized controlled trail among physically inactive students
|Sabryna Sas (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Investigating the effects of incarceration on prisoner self-control
|Alicia Tennie (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Managing children’s chronic illness during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and beyond: Understanding parents’ social cognitions and illness management behaviours.
|Nicole Trewick (Clinical PhD)
Thesis title: Performance and the psychological experience of exercise within a virtual reality environment
|Mac Thi Nhung (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Promoting compliance behaviours in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr Minalli Vasandani (Research PhD)
Thesis title: TBC
|Karen Wildman (Research PhD)
Thesis title: Establishing the temporal sequence of the stress beliefs model: An intensive longitudinal mixed methods study
Karen has a BPsych(Hons.) degree and is a PhD candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University and a Research Fellow in the Griffith Business School. Her research is on stress mindset and the impact on health, performance and wellbeing. Karen is particularly interested in establishing the interplay of specific mechanisms of a stress beliefs model over time. Having worked in various academic and industry research roles for over 10 years, including on Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects, Karen is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research and project management. She is also co-author on a number of peer-reviewed and industry papers.
| Danielle Dawson (Master of Clinical Psychology)
Thesis topic: Australian Bariatric Surgery Facebook Groups: a content analysis.
|Kate Knapasjo (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Thesis title: Predicting and understanding regular drinking
Tracey Leach (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)
Research Assistants and Interns
|Nicola Leahy (Research Assistant, Volunteer)|
Research Intern, Bachelor of Honours (Psychology) research placement, 2022.
|Emma Maddock (Research Assistant, Volunteer)|
Research Intern, 3207MED: Public Health Research Project research placement, 2022
Research Intern, 3207MED: Public Health Research Project research placement, 2022
|Erin Yen (Research Assistant, Volunteer)|
|Prof Martin Hagger is 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. Dr. Hagger’s research applies social psychological theory to predict, understand, and change health behaviours.|
|Dr Jacob Keech is Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Health and Behavioural 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 (e.g. alcohol, sleep hygiene, screen time) and risky behaviours (swimming behaviours, driving behaviour during flood events).|
|Prof Shirley Morrissey is Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. Dr. Morrissey is a Clinical and Health Psychologist.|
|Dr Joy Parkinson is Associate Professor in Marketing in the Griffith Business School. She has worked on the design, implementation, and evaluation of several state and national social marketing and health behaviour change programs. She has a particular interest in complex social problems including chronic disease prevention, examining the social, environmental, and individual drivers and inhibitors of behaviour change. Dr Parkinson is the Vice President of Australian Association of Social Marketing and the Editor-in-Chief of Health Marketing Quarterly.|
|Dr. Ryan E. Rhodes is an affiliate member of the HaPI lab and Professor of Health Psychology in the School of Exercise Science Physical and Health Education, at the University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. Rhodes is Director of the UVic Behavioural Medicine Lab (https://www.uvic.ca/research/labs/bmed/). His primary area of research is on the psychology of physical activity with an applied focus of physical activity promotion during critical life transitions such as early family development and the transition to retirement.|
|Dr Daniel Brown is an affiliate member of the HaPI lab and practising Clinical Psychologist with a research focus in Health Psychology. Dr. Brown completed his PhD as a member of the HaPI Lab. His research focuses on testing a multi-phase, multi-theory model of health behaviour across a number of populations and health behaviours. Dr. Brown is particularly interested in understanding what components of habit, as an automatic process, significantly predict and explain health behaviour.|
|Prof Sheina Orbell is an affiliate member of the HaPI lab and Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Essex, UK. Dr. Orbell is interested in looking at intention-behaviour relations, self-regulation, social psychology of volition and volitional strategies in behavioural change, motivation models of health-related behaviour, social psychology of sexual health, and cervical and colorectal cancer screening behaviours.
|Dr Amy Peden is an affiliate member of the HaPI lab and Lecturer in Injury Prevention in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Peden 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.|
|Prof Ralf Schwarzer is an affiliate member of the HaPI lab and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and a Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. Dr. Schwarzer is founder of the Health Action Process Approach. His research focus lies on stress, coping, social support, self-efficacy, well-being, positive psychology, and health behaviours.|
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