Dr Simon Sebire’s specialist area of research is the psychology of human motivation, specifically the “what” and “why” of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children, adolescents and adults. Simon's research also involves the development and evaluation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in schools, extra-curricular settings and families.
Simon Sebire is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity & Public Health. Simon has a First Class BSc. in Sport and Exercise Science (University of Bath, 2004) and was awarded a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology from the University of Bath in 2009. Simon joined the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences in 2010 as a post-doctoral researcher, was appointed as Lecturer in 2012 and Senior Lecturer in 2015. His research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health among children, adolescents and adults.
Simon’s specialist area of research is human motivation, specifically the “what” and “why” of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. He is particularly interested in how people’s social-environments (e.g., interactions with parents, teachers, and clinicians) can either undermine or enhance their motivation and the effects this has on sustained behaviour change and well-being. Simon applies this knowledge to the development and evaluation of theory-based but pragmatic interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in school, family, community and clinical settings.
In recognition of the need to conduct research at the intersection between academic rigor and real world impact, Simon has collaborated with a range of academic (Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Ghent, Loughborough, Stirling and the University of West of England), local authority (Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council) and third sector partners (YMCA, Bath Rugby Community Foundation).
Simon teaches on the MSc. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health and is Unit Co-ordinator of the Research Methods unit. He also teaches on the BSc. in Childhood Studies and the BSc. in Social Policy.
I contribute to research concerning factors that influence the physical activity and health behaviours of children and adolescents and the prevention of paediatric obesity through intervention strategies. My research also focuses on examining the motivational underpinnings of health behaviours, in particular using self-determination theory to understand mechanisms of behaviour change and contextual factors (such as parenting strategies) that affect motivation. My PhD research focussed on the motivational dynamics of adult?s goals for exercise using Self-determination theory as an underpinning psychological framework.
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