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Dr. Amanda Rebar

PhD (2013; The Pennsylvania State University; Kinesiology - Sport and Exercise Psychology); Masters (2010; The Pennsylvania State University; Kinesiology - Sport and Exercise Psychology); BS (2008; Indiana University; Psychology, with minors in Statisics and Biology)
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
(07) 4923 2182
Rockhampton North
Building 7 - LG.15
Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, QLD, 4702
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About Me

Dr Rebar is senior lecturer at Central Queensland University, Australia and director of the Motivation of Health Behaviours (MoHB) Lab. She has experience providing evidence-based guidance for community-based programs with a focus on mental health and safety outcomes.

Dr Rebar’s research focuses on the psychology of health behaviour change and the impact of physical activity on mental health and wellbeing. While her work draws on a range of methodologies, she is a strong advocate for longitudinal repeated assessment designs and multi-level analysis for testing predictive relationships in real-world contexts.

General
Background

Dr Rebar was born in Utah (USA) and lived in America until relocating to Australia in May 2013.

See her up-to-date open science lab notes for the Motivation of Health Behaviours (MoHB) Lab at: https://osf.io/9ngxz/

Universities Studied At

Phd, Masters: The Pennsylania University (supervisor: Dr David E Conroy)

BS: Indiana University (supversior: Dr John E Bates)

Awards

Publication Recognition Award, Central Queensland University, 2019

Publication Recognition Award, Central Queensland University, 2018

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London, United Kingdom, 2018

Publication Recognition Award, Central Queensland University, 2017

OPAL Award for Excellence in Engagement, Students: Alfrey, K-L., Neal, J., & Cope, K., Supervisors: Rebar, A. L., & Gardner, B., Central Queensland University, 2017

Publication Recognition Award, Central Queensland University, 2016

Women’s Academic Maternity Funding Award, Advance Queensland, $14,000 AUD, 2015 – 2016

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher, Central Queensland University, $5,000 AUD, 2014

Student Voice Award for Educator of the Year, Central Queensland University, 2014

Special Purpose Collaborative Funding Award, The Health Collaborative Research Network, $1,000 AUD, 2014

Special Purpose Collaborative Funding Award, The Health Collaborative Research Network, $1,525 AUD, 2014

Special Purpose Collaborative Funding Award, The Health Collaborative Research Network, $4,000 AUD, 2013

The Department of Kinesiology Graduate Student Research Award, Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Department nomination for the Kligman Graduate Fellowship, Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Ruth W. Ayres-Givens Scholarship, The Pennsylvania State University, $1,675 USD, 2010

The Women in Science and Engineering Institute Travel Grant Award, The Pennsylvania State University, $400 USD, 2010

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Application Incentive Award, The Pennsylvania State University, $1,000 USD, 2008

The Penn State University Fund for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award, The Pennsylvania State University, $2,295 USD, 2008

Excellence in Research, Indiana University, 2008

Hutton Honours College Research Partnership Grant, Indiana University, $500 USD, 2006

Previous teaching

Psychology Honours Thesis Coordinator, Central Queensland University, 2016
Course Coordinator and Instructor, Central Queensland University, Research Methods for Speech Pathology (Allied Health), 2014 - 2016
Guest Speaker for HealthLink Program, Emmaus College Students (year 10 Students) Allied Health Assistance Certificate 3 Program, Topic: Careers Opportunities in Health Research, 2013
Guest Lecture for Psychology Current Trends, Central Queensland University, Topic: Careers in Health Psychology with an Emphasis of Academia, 2013 – 2016
Teaching Assistant for The Biophysical Bases of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012 – 2013
Instructor for Continuing Education Psychology of Movement Behavior, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
Lab Instructor and Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008 – 2009
Teaching Assistant for The Psychology of Movement and Sport, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Psychology Statistical Techniques, Indiana University, 2007 – 2008

Professional Experience

Panel speaker on a career in research Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research, 2019
Symposium chair Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research, 2019
3 minute Thesis judge Central Queensland University, School of Health, Medical, and Applied Sciences, 2019
Abstract reviewer, European Federation of Sport Psychology’s 2019 Congress, 2019
Invited web-article submission, Science Trends, 2018
Invited Speaker for Research and Academic Careers in Psychology, CQUniversity Student Psychological Society, 2018
Two first author papers cited, United States Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2018
Featured, Australian Health Policy Collaboration’s Australia's Mental and Physical Health Tracker, 2018
Abstract reviewer, International Society of Physical Activity and Health Congress, 2018
Invited Speaker for writing time habits, Central Queensland University, School of Health, Medical, and Applied Sciences, 2017
Member of abstract reviewing team , Exercise and Sports Science Australia, 2017
Member of abstract reviewing team , International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2017
Instructor for Gladstone Social Innovation Perfect Pitch Masterclass, Central Queensland University, March 2017
Founding Director of the Motivation of Health Behaviours Lab, Central Queensland University, 2016 - current
Volunteer for Research Elements Pilot, Central Queensland University, 2016-2017
Executive Member, Australian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine, 2016 - 2018
Panel Member, National Health and Medical Research Council PhD Scholarships 2016, 2017, 2019
Assistant Chair, National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants, Panel 3B: Genetics + Molecular Biology + Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, 2016
Selection Panel Member for Engaged Research Grants, School of Human, Health, and Social Sciences; Central Queensland University, June 2016
Booth Host for Central Queensland University’s Psychology program at Career Expo, Central Queensland University, 2016
Selection Committee Panel Member for Post-Doctoral position, Central Queensland University, 2015
Selection Committee Panel Member for Post-Doctoral position, Central Queensland University and Curtin University, 2015
Invited Speaker for the Early Career Researchers Program, Central Queensland University, 2015
Peer Review Panel Member Alternate, NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships, 2015
Host and Organizer of Health Collaborative Research Network Symposium, Central Queensland University, 2014
External Reviewer of Masters Thesis, University of Southern Queensland, 2014
Independent Assessor of Honours Theses Proposals, Central Queensland University, 2013-current
Independent Assessor of Honours Theses, Central Queensland University, 2013-current
Reward Reviewer, American Psychological Society Student Council RISE Research Award Competition, 2013
Committee Member of National Fellowships Committee, Sigma Delta Epsilon, Graduate Women in Science, 2012
Co-president of Kinesiology Graduate Student Association, 2009 – 2012
Campus Representative for Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus, 2009 – 2010
Workshop Instructor for Women in the Sciences and Engineering camp, 2009

Computer Software

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Industry Reports

Rebar, A. L. (November 2018). Project update for electrical safety, habit, competence and complacency study. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Rebar A. L. (September 2018). Project update for exercise rehabilitation study. Bundaberg Health Promotions, Ltd. And Central Queensland University. Bundaberg, QLD, Australia.
Rebar, A. L., Neal, J. (July 2018). LIVIN Strong Program Evaluation Report. LIVIN, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Rebar, A. L., Neal, J., Alfrey, K.-L., Cope, K., Gardner, B. (October 2017). LIVIN Strong Program Evaluation Report. LIVIN, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Editor

Psychology & Health – Editorial Board Member Nov 2019 - current

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport – Associate Editor, Nov 2018 - current

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport – Associate Editor, Aug 2017 - current

Psychology of Sport and Exercise – Guest Editor of Special Issue: Responsiveness to change of the psychological determinants and outcomes of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, Mar 2017 – Mar 2019

Mental Health and Physical Activity – Guest Editor of Special Issue: Identifying and understanding the determinants and physical activity behavior change processes for people with mental health issues, Jan 2017 – Oct 2017

BMC Public Health – Associate Editor, Nov 2014 – Jun 2016 Editorial Board Memberships

Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Jun 2015 - current

Mental Health and Physical Activity, Jun 2015 - current

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Jun 2014 - current

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Psychology
  • Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Health behaviour change, habit change/formation, automatic influences on behaviour, theory

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