Ben Jackson

Associate Professor, BSc PhD Leeds, Assistant Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Ben has a shared appointment between Telethon Kids Institute and UWA. At Telethon Kids, Ben is the Head of the Institute’s ‘Brain & Behaviour’ Research Focus Area, and at UWA, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Sciences. Ben’s research and community programming activity within the Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) Group is driven by a focus on listening to community priorities and designing programs that tackle the health challenges that really matter.

Ben has produced over 150 publications, and his work within the PAHL Group has been supported with funding from agencies including the NHMRC, ARC, Healthway, Lotterywest, and Sport Australia. Ben has received research awards from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), and UWA. He was named as the Western Australian Young Tall Poppy of the Year for 2019, and was also named an inaugural UWA Innovation Fellow in 2019.

Ben is a Deputy Editor for Stress & Health, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and serves on the editorial board of four other well-known journals in the field of health psychology and health promotion. He is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, and sits on advisory committees for Football West, Healthway, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the NHMRC, ARC, and International Olympic Committee.

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Editor, Stress & Health

Associate Editor, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology

Editorial Board member, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

Editorial Board member, International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology

Editorial Board member, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Expert Assessor, Australian Research Council

Editorial Board member, Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2013-2021)

Editorial Board member (Review Editor), Frontiers in Psychology (2010-2018)

Editorial Board member, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2012-2014)

Funding overview

Recent and noteworthy grants include:

2021-2024: WA Health Promotion Foundation Healthway Project Grants ($351,635) - "Building capacity in early childhood education and care services in Western Australia to deliver physical literacy in the early years"

2021-2024: Lotterywest community program grants ($351,921) - "Building capacity in early childhood education and care services in Western Australia to deliver physical literacy in the early years"

2021: Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Seed Funding Scheme ($22,200) - "A community-driven approach to health care partnerships with sustainable health outcomes with Indigenous communities in North Queensland"

2020-2023: National Health & Medical Research Council Medical Research Future Fund ($295,803) - "Developing a novel approach to improve diet and lifestyle"

2020-2022: Australian Research Council Discovery Project ($365,068) - "Facilitating the Attainment of Difficult Goals: From Theory to Intervention"

2019-2020: Sport Australia Move it AUS Participation Grant ($250,000) - "KIDDO: Building the Capacity of Early Childhood Educators to Deliver Physical Literacy Programs to Children aged 3-8 years in Rural and Remote Australia"

2019-2020: Sport Austrralia Move it AUS Participation Grant ($250,000) - "Man v Fat Soccer: Expanding a Community Weight Loss Initiative for Overweight and Obese Men in Australia"

2018-2021: Healthway Project Grant ($375,112) - "Man v Fat Soccer: A Community Weight Loss Initiative for Overweight and Obese Men in Western Australia"

2018-2019: Healthway Health Promotion Exploratory Research Grant ($66,284) - "Improving mental health in mothers: Feasibility of the ‘Mummy Buuddy’ program"

2016: Exercise & Sports Science Australia Clinical Exercise Physiology Grant ($16,000) - "Evaluating physical activity outcomes of children following a physical literacy intervention utilising parent coaches"

2015: University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Award ($5,130) - "Promoting healthy attitudes and behaviours: Optimising the delivery of inoculation treatments in high school health education"

2014-2015: Australian Research Council Discovery Project ($360,000) - "Investigating the health benefits of volunteering by seniors"

2014: University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Award ($10,000) - "Using inoculation theory to promote healthy behaviour among high school students"

2013-2014: University of Western Australia Fellowship Support Scheme ($29,832) - "Increasing adolescent physical activity through school-based physical education: Using mobile computing to underpin behaviour change"

2012-2015: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA, $375,000) - "Understanding and increasing high school girls’ physical activity levels through a physical education-based research program"

New and Noteworthy

Any students interested in pursuing graduate studies in my area of research, please feel free to contact me directly on ben.jackson@uwa.edu.au

Teaching overview

SSEH 3375 - Psychology of Sport & Exercise

SSEH 4664 - Exercise and Health Psychology

SSEH 2270 - Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health

SSEH 4603 - Data Analysis

SSEH 1104 - Active Leadership

Research

Ben co-chairs the 'Psychology of Active, Healthy Living' (PAHL) group in the School of Human Sciences. Research activity and community initiatives within the PAHL group focus on (a) advancing our understanding of health and physical activity, and (b) the development of sustainable and effective health promotion interventions.

Research expertise keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Health psychology
  • Physical activity
  • Community health and physical activity promotion

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