Dr Emma Bradshaw
Motivation and Behaviour
Areas of expertise: self-determination theory; autonomy; motivation; aspirations; well-being; and mindfulness
HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6423-5499
Phone: +61 2 9701 4645
Location: ACU North Sydney Campus
After completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours, First Class) in 2014, Dr Bradshaw turned her research focus from incremental theories of relationships to the examination of life-goals, or aspirations, and their links with wellbeing.
Specifically, Emma’s doctoral thesis examined how patterns of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations (derived using latent profile analysis) relate to various indices of optimal functioning.
Emma is also exploring several aspects of self-determination theory (SDT) using a variety of cutting-edge statistical methods including genetic algorithms, network representation, social network analysis, and actor-partner interdependence
modelling. Emma’s burgeoning program of postdoctoral research builds on evidence that broadening the scope of concern for increasingly distal others is beneficial to one’s own wellbeing, and explores the social, contextual, and
psychological conditions that promote integration and ‘being good’
- Bradshaw, E. L. Sahdra, B. K., Ciarrochi, J., Parker, P. D., Martos, T. & Ryan, R. M. (2021). A configural approach to aspirations: The social breadth of aspiration profiles predicts well-being over and above the intrinsic
and extrinsic aspirations that comprise the profiles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1(120), 226-256. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000374 (see here).
- Bradshaw, E. L., Ryan, R. M., Noetel, M., Saeri, A. K., Slattery, P., Grundy, E., & Calvo, R. (2021). Information safety assurances increase intentions to use COVID-19 contact tracing applications, regardless of
autonomy-supportive or controlling (see here).
- Martela, F., Bradshaw, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2019). Using factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, and network analysis to examine the structure of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations, and evaluate candidate aspirations
including self-expression, mastery, power and social adherence. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02174 (see here).
- Nishimura, T., Bradshaw, E. L., Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2021). Satisfaction of basic psychological needs in an interdependence model of fathers’ own aspirations and those of their adolescent children. Social
Development, 30(1), 293-310. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12473 (see here).
- Donald, J. N., Bradshaw, E. L., Ryan, R. M., Basarkod, G., Ciarrochi, J., Duineveld, J. J., ... & Sahdra, B. K. (2020). Mindfulness and its association with varied types of motivation: A systematic review and meta-analysis
using self-determination theory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(7), 1121-1138. (see here)
- Bradshaw, E. L., Sahdra, B. K., Calvo, R. A., Mrvaljevich, A., & Ryan, R. M. (2018). Users’ intrinsic goals linked to alcohol dependence risk level and engagement with the health promotion website, Hello Sunday
Morning: Observational study. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Mental Health. https://mental.jmir.org/2018/4/e10022 (see here).
- Conigrave, J. H., Bradshaw, E. L., Conigrave, K. M., Ryan, R. M., Wilson, S., Perry, J., Doyle, M. F., & Lee, K. S. K. (2021). Alcohol consumption and dependence is linked to the extent that people experience need
satisfaction while drinking alcohol in two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 16(1), 23. https://doi.org/10/gjp2jw (see here).
- Ryan, R. M. & Bradshaw, E. L. (2019). Envisioning progress and perils: Musings on the future of motivation research in a rapidly evolving world. In R. M. Ryan (Ed), The Oxford handbook of human motivation (pp.
527-532). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Ryan, R. M., Bradshaw, E. L., & Deci, E. L. (2019). Motivation. In R. J. Sternberg & W. E. Pickren (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of the intellectual history of psychology (pp. 391-411). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge