My primary area of research interest is in understanding the psychological effects of exercise from a neurobiological perspective. I investigate this through both acute and chronic exercise training studies in a variety of populations, mainly focusing on the use of exercise in the treatment of clinical psychological disorders (e.g. major depressive disorder). Major research questions include:
– How does exercise influence the pathophysiology of depression?
– How can we harness the positive effects of movement to treat depression and improve the lives of people who suffer from mental health conditions?
I am also interested in physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns, with a focus on the psychological effects of extended sedentary time which has become pervasive in our community, work and school environments. Here, my research aims to determine the biological correlates of extended sedentary time, particularly those with relevance for mental health and wellbeing, and to understand what interruptions to sedentary behavior can do to break its connection to wellbeing.