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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 150 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 2018

1 Citations

Adiposity and the isotemporal substitution of physical activity, sedentary time and sleep among school-aged children: A compositional data analysis approach

Dumuid, D., Stanford, T. E., Pedišić, Z., Martin-Fernández, J. A., Maher, C., Lewis, L. K., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Chaput, J-P., Fogelholm, M., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S. & Olds, T. 2 Mar 2018 In : BMC Public Health. 18, 18:311

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Adipose Tissue
Pediatric Obesity
Open Access
Multilevel Analysis
Pediatric Obesity
Life Style

Human development index, children's health-related quality of life and movement behaviors: a compositional data analysis

Dumuid, D., Maher, C., Lewis, L. K., Stanford, T. E., Martín Fernández, J. A., Ratcliffe, J., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Barreira, T. V., Chaput, J-P., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Maia, J. A. R., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tremblay, M. S., Tudor-Locke, C. & Olds, T. 23 Jan 2018 In : Quality of Life Research. p. 1 - 10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Development
Quality of Life
Child Health

Inequality in physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep duration, and risk of obesity in children: a 12-country study

Chaput, J-P., Barnes, J. D., Tremblay, M. S., Fogelholm, M., Lambert, E. V., Maher, C., Maia, J., Olds, T., Onywera, V. O., Sarmiento, O. L., Standage, M., Tudor-Locke, C. & Katzmarzyk, P. T. 4 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Obesity Science & Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Standage, M. & Sabiston, C. M. 26 Mar 2018 The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Bornstein, M. H. (ed.). Sage Publications, p. 1294-1296

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary