PAHL Research

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 publicationPersuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity, Edited by Ben JacksonJames DimmockJosh Compton

PAHL Research Students

Much of our research is driven by our tremendous Honours, Masters, and PhD students. Some of our current research students are shown below.

Natalya Beer

PhD Candidate, UWA

Natalya’s research focuses on the relationships between exercise, appetite, and food choices, and is intrigued by the impact of exercise on weight loss and weight management.

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Timothy Budden

PhD Candidate, UWA

Timothy’s research focuses on MAN v FAT Soccer, a novel competitive sport-based weight loss program designed exclusively for overweight and obese men.

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Ivan Jeftic

PhD Candidate, UWA

Ivan’s research focuses on the Stride program, which the PAHL team has developed in conjunction with the Thriving program (UWA).

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Shina Lee

PhD Candidate, UWA

Shina Lee's doctoral research explores the extent to which exercise moderates the relationship between stress and energy intake.

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Rachel McClymont

Honours student, JCU

Rachel's research focuses on self-affirmations, looking at the way they can improve psychological well-being via their interplay with other coping strategies.

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Jessica Muller

Honours Student, JCU

Jessica's research focuses on BRAVE Online, Australia’s most popular program for children and teenagers with early signs of anxiety.

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Cameron Norsworthy

PhD Candidate, UWA

Cameron’s research involves a comprehensive scoping review to map flow-related scientific research across a range of disciplines, with a specific emphasis on examining conceptual consistencies and inconsistencies.

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Elizabeth Saunders

PhD Candidate, UWA

Liz’s current research is focused on how motivation may impact children with a clinical level of childhood obesity, and the role this may play in both short- and long-term weight loss.

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Taylor-Jane Sharouni

Honours Student, JCU

Taylor-Jane's research focuses on the use of self-affirmation for improving resilience in parents. Her work is directly applicable to PAHL’s Mummy Buddy program.

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Luke Tomlin

Honours Student, UWA

Luke’s research focuses on ways to improve adherence and engagement in youth-focused online health intervention programs (OHPs). His work is centred on the users of BRAVE-online.

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Adele Williams

Honours student, UWA

Adele’s research focuses on the prevalence of stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD) amongst university students.

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Ahmad Hafizuddin Bin Abdul Hamid

Honours student, UWA

Children with family members affected by mental illness are at increased risk of developing mental illness themselves. Hafiz is undertaking work with the Kookaburra Kids Foundation to determine how community programs might help to improve the mental …

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