Dr Ben Jackson

Dr Ben Jackson

The University of Western Australia
Research Field: Psychology and Health Promotion

Dr Jackson’s research is based within the Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) group, which he created in 2013 and co-directs.

The guiding principle of the PAHL group is to do rigorous, innovative, and fundable work that makes a difference to people’s lives; the three main objectives of the group are to (a) conduct basic (e.g. experimental) work that advances our understanding of health and physical activity, (b) develop and implement sustainable and effective health promotion interventions, and (c) translate our research by ensuring the group’s work reaches and involves the community.

His current research projects include experimental and intervention-based work directed toward psychological resilience, self-regulation, confidence, motivation, social support, and interpersonal communication, and he applies this work to the study of weight management, nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.

His focus is on people right across the lifespan, from young children through to seniors, and conduct my work within diverse education, sport/exercise, workplace, family, and healthcare settings. In the last 3 years alone, the PAHL group has been responsible for over 40 research articles and book chapters, a popular book, a number of funded research projects, and several successful community programs.