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PhD on goal-setting for physical activity promotion: what works best for insufficiently active individuals?


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About the Project

Southern Cross University, in collaboration with Prof Corneel Vandelanotte at Central Queensland University, is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship in goal-setting for physical activity promotion. We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated individual to lead a program of research on this topic and develop research collaborations between both organisations. Please note that this scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research on goal-setting for physical activity promotion, building on recent publications including:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17437199.2019.1706616

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319906598_Do_we_need_to_reconsider_best_practice_in_goal_setting_for_physical_activity_promotion

Specifically, this PhD will compare multiple approaches to goal-setting within the delivery of step-count based physical activity programs in insufficiently active adults. The PhD will focus on identifying the most effective goal type(s) to assist these individuals in becoming more active using a web-based program and/or wearables. Ultimately, this work intends to provide guidance on how best to set goals for physical activity promotion, in terms of increasing step count and optimising psychological factors such as enjoyment and motivation.

Although not essential, the following are desirable: (1) background in exercise science and/or physical activity promotion; (2) interest in the psychology of goal-setting and motivation; (3) interest in technology-based interventions and wearable fitness devices; and (4) excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Christian Swann ([Email Address Removed]) for an informal discussion about this opportunity.

To apply, please send your CV (2 pages max), a cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this scholarship (1 page), degree transcripts/certificates, details of two referees, and any other relevant research documents (e.g., publications/theses) in one PDF file via email to: [Email Address Removed]

Please quote the PhD title in the subject line of the email. The application process is as follows:
1. Outcome of expression of interest: You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email after the closing date.
2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

Funding Notes

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours or above in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science.

The successful candidate will receive a PhD stipend for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate (the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually).

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
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