Dr. Martin Hagger
I am Professor of Health Psychology in Psychological Sciences at University of California, Merced, USA and Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. At Merced I am Director of the (LAB NAME). I am also Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, and have been visiting Professor at the Universities of Rome, Bordeaux, and Genoble, and Hong Kong Baptist University.
My research applies social psychological theory to predict, understand, and change health behaviors. I seek to identify effects of psychological determinants such as attitudes, intentions, self-efficacy, perceived control, self-control, planning, personality, and motives on health behavior, and how health professionals can use this information to promote health behavior change. I am also interested in developing and advancing psychological theory through integration, particularly theory in social cognition, motivation, and self-control. In addition, I am interested in research synthesis, particularly testing predictions of psychological theory across multiple populations, contexts, and behaviors using meta-analysis.
I am editor-in-chief of Health Psychology Review and Stress and Health, and editorial board member of ten international journals. I am also Distinguished International Affiliate of Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow of European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP).
I have lived in seven countries (Australia, Hong Hong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States) and have run a marathon in under 2h 45min.
I am a third-year Ph.D. student in psychological sciences, with an emphasis in health psychology. My research focuses on psychological and biological aspects of stress, health outcomes related to these processes, and how lifestyle/health-related behaviors, especially physical activity and sleep, impact these relationships across populations. I am the lab manager of the ARCH Lab. Currently, one of my projects focuses on conducting a review of the literature on the Salutogenic Model of Health (one of the leading stress coping models) and physical activity to understand how physical activity may fit within the larger model. Furthermore, I am working on a book chapter that will be published in the book titled “Self-regulation and Motivation in Sport and Exercise”. My chapter focuses intervention planning, implementation, and action planning as strategies to promote physical activity in interventions. Finally, I will be collecting data this fall to examine the sense of coherence, a major facet of the Salutogenic Model of Health, in an ethnically diverse university population as it relates to objective sleep and physical activity data, measured with FitBit technology.