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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.

He has authored over 160 journal papers and book chapters. Please see a profile of his research output at: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=59wQyuwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao).  His research programme at Bath has been supported by grants totalling over £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.

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). In this regard, he led the UK contribution to the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle, and the Environment, which encompasses data from 12 countries across five major regions of the world to investigate the influence of behavioural settings and physical, social and policy environments on obesity.

Professor Standage currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (http://journals.humankinetics.com/journal/jsep ) and served as an Associate Editor for Motivation and Emotion (2010-2017). He also sits on the Editorial Board of Stress and Health. Prof Standage sits on the Implementation and Surveillance expert working group for the Chief Medical Officer's UK physical activity guidelines. He serves a similar role for Public Health England's 'Moving Medicine' work that is conducted in liaison with Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Martyn is also a member of the Peer-Review College of the ESRC and sits on grant panels nationally and internationally. He also serves as 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.

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Projects 2007 2020

Research Output 1999 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A meta-analysis of techniques to promote motivation for health behaviour change from a self-determination theory perspective

Gillison, F., Rouse, P., Standage, M., Sebire, S. & Ryan, R. M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Health Psychology Review. 13, 1, p. 110-130 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Personal Autonomy
Health Behavior
Mental Competency

Association between breakfast frequency and physical activity and sedentary time: a cross-sectional study in children from 12 countries

Zakrzewski-Fruer, J. K., Gillison, F. B., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Mire, E. F., Broyles, S. T., Champagne, C. M., Chaput, J-P., Denstel, K. D., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Lambert, E. V., Maher, C., Maia, J., Olds, T., Onywera, V., Sarmiento, O. L., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C. & Standage, M., 21 Feb 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, 222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Associations between meeting combinations of 24-hour movement recommendations and dietary patterns of children: A 12-country study

Thivel, D., Tremblay, M. S., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Maher, C., Maia, J. A. R., Olds, T., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tudor-Locke, C. & Chaput, J-P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Preventive Medicine. 118, p. 159-165 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Emotional Eating, Health Behaviours, and Obesity in Children: A 12-Country Cross-Sectional Study

Jalo, E., Konttinen, H., Vepsäläinen, H., Chaput, J-P., Hu, G., Maher, C., Maia, J., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tudor-Locke, C., Katzmarzyk, P. T. & Fogelholm, M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 2, 351.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Epidemiological transition in physical activity and sedentary time in children

Barreira, T. V., Broyles, S. T., Tudor-Locke, C., Chaput, J-P., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Kuriyan, R., Lambert, E. V., Maher, C., Maia, J., Olds, T., Onywera, V., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S., Katzmarzyk, P. T. & ISCOLE Research Group, 22 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A mixed methods investigation of exercise motivation in adolescence: a self-determination theory approach

Author: Emm-Collison, L., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Gillison, F. (Supervisor) & Standage, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Continuity of care and its effect on patients' motivation to initiate and maintain cardiac rehabilitation

Author: Payne, L., 7 May 2015

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor), Gillison, F. (Supervisor) & Clegg, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


Goal Content in Exercise: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

Author: Sebire, S., 1 Mar 2009

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor) & Vansteenkiste, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Human thriving: a conceptualization, understanding, and application to sport

Author: Brown, D., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Arnold, R. (Supervisor) & Standage, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Maintaining adolescents’ involvement in exercise and quality of life: A Self Determination Theory approach

Author: Gillison, F., 1 Apr 2007

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor) & Skevington, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD