How Physical Activity & Exercise Supports Your Mental Health

Physical activity and exercise can play an important role in enhancing wellbeing and preventing or managing poor mental health.

In this interview, psychologist and physical activity researcher Dr Nicola Burton outlines the relationships between physical activity and mental health and shares simple strategies to help you stick to an activity plan.

About Dr Nicola Burton, Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow

Dr Nicola Burton – Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland
Dr Nicola Burton – Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Nicola is a registered psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology. She has experience as a clinician and university lecturer, and as a researcher she studies physical activity/exercise patterns, influences, interventions, and links with health and wellbeing. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

After graduating with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland (UQ), Nicola practiced as a consultant psychologist in the areas of employee assistance and vocational/psychiatric rehabilitation; with a specific focus on stress and anxiety disorders, and self-management/behaviour change programs.

Moving to an academic career, she has developed and delivered courses in areas related to health psychology, public health and health promotion. Nicola completed a PhD in public health and has extensive experience in the management and administration of research projects, including literature reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, population-based survey studies, intervention and randomised controlled trials, and interview and focus groups.

Nicola is interested in the influences on physical activity; physical activity interventions (in particular behavioural counselling) to promote mental and physical health; and the association between physical activity/sedentary behaviour and well-being.

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