Dr Alison Divine


BKin kinesiology: University of British Columbia, 2008. M.H.K in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Windsor, 2012. PhD in Psychological Bases of Physical Activity and Movement Control, 2016. Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Leeds, 2018.

Research interests

Physical activity and exercise

My research is focused on the discordance between exercise intentions and behavior and how we can facilitate successful translation of intentions to exercise behavior. I am particularly interested in understanding the underlying processes of behavioural decisions to drive physical activity promotion strategies across diverse populations.

Key research research areas include:

  • The role of implicit attitudes or automatic affective associations on exercise engagement
  • The development and formation of physical activity habits
  • How habits affect behavioral decisions to be active
  • The dynamics of motivational change
  • Use of imagery as an intervention tool
  • The role of coping self-efficacy in the intention behaviour gap


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BKin 2010 University of British Columbia
  • M.H.K. 2012 University of Windsor
  • PhD 2016 Western Univeristy

Student education

I teach in sport and exercise psychology across levels 1 and 2. 

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>