Martyn Standage

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Martyn Standage is Professor of Psychology, Health, and Applied Science in the Department for Health. He is also the Director of the University's Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change. Martyn received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2003.

The major focus of Prof Standage's work is to: (1) map the motivational determinants of adaptive and maintained engagement in health, exercise, sport, and education settings; and (2) utilise this information to inform the design, development, and evaluation of interventions targeted at enhancing effective functioning, health, performance, and wellbeing. Professor Standage recently extended his work to also entail a broader interdisciplinary perspective to physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and objective health outcomes (including, integrating motivational perspectives within models that specify multiple levels of influence and across 24-hour periods). In this regard, he led the UK contribution to the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle, and the Environment (ISCOLE), which encompasses data from 12 countries from all inhabited continents ranging widely in environmental and socio-cultural context. The primary aim of ISCOLE was to investigate the influence of behavioural settings and physical, social and policy environments on childhood obesity.

Professor Standage has authored more than 200 publications, including 155 peer-reviewed journal papers and 20 book chapters. His research has been widely cited (>16,200 times) and he currently has an H-index of 60. To support his research, Prof Standage has secured grants totalling over £7.5 million from funders such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR), The British Academy, and The Leverhulme Trust.

Martyn currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, a former Associate Editor for Motivation and Emotion, and has sat on the editorial boards of several internationally-leading peer-review journals. Prof Standage was a member of the Implementation and Surveillance expert working group for the Chief Medical Officer's UK physical activity guidelines (released September 2019). He was also a member of the Development Team for Public Health England's 'Moving Medicine' work that is conducted in liaison with the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Martyn is the Chief Scientific Officer for Active Healthy Kids England which produces a national 'report card' for the 'state of the nation' in regard to children's physical activity. Lastly, Prof. Standage is a member of the Peer-Review College of the ESRC and regularly sits on grant panels nationally and internationally.

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