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Associate Professor, Griffith University

Dr Kyra Hamilton, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Applied Psychology and Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ), Griffith University, Australia. She is also Faculty member in Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI), University of California, Merced, United States of America. Dr Hamilton has psychology and nursing qualifications and over 30 years’ experience in health. She obtained her PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2011 and is founder and director of the Health and Psychology Innovations (HaPI) research laboratory. Dr Hamilton has been a visiting scholar at Universities in California, England, Finland, Germany, and Hong Kong, and has given invited addresses in Asia, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, United States of America, and across Australia. Dr Hamilton’s main fields of research are health psychology and behavioral medicine, and areas of expertise and innovation are health behavior motivation, self-regulation, and change. She is particularly interested in understanding the effects of motivational, volitional, and automatic processes on health behavior and the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Dr Hamilton has published >170 peer-reviewed journal articles, 14 book chapters, 17 industry reports, and 6 guest editor Special Issues. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Handbook of Behavior Change and Sage Handbook of Health Psychology (2nd Ed). Dr Hamilton is Co-Editor-in-Chief Psychology & Health, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian National Delegate to the European Health Psychology Society, and Senior Co-Chair of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions Special Interest Group.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Health and Applied Psychology, Griffith University


  • 2013 
    Griffith University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2011 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 2007 
    Queensland University of Techology, Bachelor of Psychology
  • 1994 
    Queensland University of Techology, Bachelor of Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists
  • Menzies Health Institute Queensland
  • Australian Nurses Council
  • European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
  • Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM)
  • Australian Centre for Health Services Research (AusHSI)


Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society