Motivation and Behaviour

This program focuses focused on understanding human motivation and behaviour for the promotion of human wellness. The program is underpinned largely by Self-determination Theory and incorporates a range of research methods, from optical neuroimaging in the laboratory experiments to large-scale implementation and evaluation of public health promotion interventions. Prof. Chris Lonsdale leads a team of researchers who focus on public health, while Prof. Richard Ryan leads a team of researchers who are more specifically focused on advancing SDT.


Program Leader

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Professor Chris Lonsdale 

BSc (Hons), MA, PhD

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Deputy Program Leader

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Dr Taren Sanders 

B HS (PDHPE), B HS(Hons), PhD

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Research Team:

Rich Ryan

   Professor Richard Ryan

   Professorial Fellow

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Borja del Pozo-Cruz

 Dr Borja del Pozo-Cruz

 Senior Research Fellow

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Michael Noetel

 Dr Michael Noetel

 Research Fellow

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Emma Bradshaw

 Dr Emma Bradshaw

 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Jasper Duineveld

 Dr Jasper Duineveld

 Research Technical Support Officer

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Kirsty Bergan

 Kirsty Bergan

 Research Project Officer

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Hugh Arnott

 Hugh Arnott

 Research Project Officer

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Jane Lee

 Jane Lee

 Research Project Officer

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Devan Antczak

 Devan Antczak

 Research Project Officer

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Our research streams

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Indigenous Thriving

IT’s purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth and communities to, not just succeed, but thrive.

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Positive Psychology

This research steam explores the factors that allow humans to flourish and to contribute to their community and society.

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Motivation and Behaviour

This program focuses focused on understanding human motivation and behaviour for the promotion of human wellness.

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