Research Projects and Students
The PAHL group undertakes research at various stages of the bench-to-bedside spectrum, with the mechanistic (‘bench’) work being used to provide foundational ideas and testing of ‘bedside’ programs and evaluations. In relation to our study of mechanisms, we study psychological factors that make us happy, healthy, and productive - things like our responses to stress, what it is that makes exercise enjoyable (vs tedious), the ways exercise and stress influence our wellbeing and diet, our ability to experience 'flow', how our habits develop and how they help or hinder us, how people view stress, why we make the food and drink choices we make, the best ways to communicate with and motivate each other, and the things that make us resilient in the face of challenges.
In this theme, we also work on identifying the health challenges that exist in the home, workplace, school, and community at large, and we begin to look for possible solutions. We put those solutions into practice, and test their effectiveness, in our health promotion (‘bedside’) theme. That is, in our health promotion theme, we undertake research with the aim to directly improve an aspect of people's lives. We play a role in implementing and evaluating programs and trials designed to help people lose weight, make healthier dietary choices, feel better about themselves, increase their own and others physical activity levels, reduce their risk of disease, be more resilient, receive better health treatment, deal better with stress at home and work, and lead a healthier lifestyle in general.
See our latest publication - Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity, Edited by Ben Jackson, James Dimmock, Josh Compton
2021 PAHL Research Students
PAHL's research mission is supported by a tremendous group of research students. In 2021, 10 research-based Graduate Diploma students—Melissa Cocuzza, Naomi Coleman, Samuel Hurley, Ethan Phillips, Helen McPake, Jacqui Garrigan, Jane Glynn, Heather Lewis, Connor Mitchell, and Daniel Jakob — are undertaking work with the group. Additionally, we have fantastic team of Honours, Masters, and PhD students, some of whom are shown below.