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Research Focus Area Head, Brain and Behaviour

BSc (Hons) PhD

Ben has a shared appointment between Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia (UWA), and co-directs the cross-institutional Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) Group. The PAHL Group’s mission is to use the power of social connections (through groups, teams, and supportive relationships) to promote all aspects of mental and physical health. Through PAHL’s community health initiatives and partner programs, the group helps people manage their weight, improve their mental health, make better dietary choices, be more physically active, and feel more resilient at school, work, and home. Above all else, the Group listens to community priorities and designs programs that tackle the health challenges that really matter.

Ben has produced over 150 publications, and his work has been supported with funding from agencies including the NHMRC, ARC, Healthway, Lotterywest, and Sport Australia. Ben’s research achievements have resulted in several awards, including 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 in recognition of his community engagement, and was also named an inaugural UWA Innovation Fellow in 2019.

Ben is a Deputy Editor for the international journal, Stress & Health, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and also serves (or has served) on the editorial boards for five well-known journals in the field of health psychology and health promotion. Ben is also an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, and serves on advisory committees for Football West, Healthway, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the NHMRC, ARC, and International Olympic Committee.

Away from work, Ben’s world revolves around Ash, Poppy, Maisie, and Cooper… his wife, two little girls, and family dog.