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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.

Professor Standage has authored over 170 journal papers and book chapters. His research programme at Bath has been supported by 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.

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, 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.

Martyn currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2016-) and served as an Associate Editor for Motivation and Emotion (2010-2017). Prof Standage is a member of the Implementation and Surveillance expert working group for the Chief Medical Officer's UK physical activity guidelines (expected release: 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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Projects 2007 2020

Research Output 1999 2020

A Classification of Motivation and Behavior Change Techniques Used in Self-Determination Theory-Based Interventions in Health Contexts

Teixera, P. J., Marques, M. M., Silva, M. N., Brunet, J., Duda, J., Haerens, L., La Guardia, J., Lindwall, M., Lonsdale, C., Markland, D., Michie, S., Moller, A. C., Ntoumanis, N., Patrick, H., Reeve, J., Ryan, R. M., Sebire, S., Standage, M., Vansteenkiste, M., Weinstein, N. & 3 others, Weman-Josefsson, K., Williams, G. C. & Hagger, M. S., 20 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Motivation Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychological and behavioral correlates of early adolescents’ physical literacy

Blain, D., Curran, T. & Standage, M., 14 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
Personal Autonomy
Health Behavior
Mental Competency
1 Citation (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

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
7 Citations (Scopus)
13 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access


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)


Determinants of Health and Wellbeing Among Fire and Rescue Personnel

Author: Turner, P., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Standage, M. (Supervisor) & Bilzon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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