Dr Myles Young

Dr Myles Young
Project Grant
2017 Project Grant
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2017 Project Grant
Travel Grant
2015 Travel Grant
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2015 Project Grant
Scholarship
2012 Scholarship
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2011 Project Grant

What are your research interests?

Through my research, I am hoping to provide a better understanding of how men’s physical and mental health influence each other. I am also really interested in how men’s ways of thinking influence their health behaviours and how ‘gender-tailored’ program (that are designed specifically for men) can be used to increase the participation of men in health research.

Why did you get into research?

Growing up, I was so lucky to have parents who gave me the skills needed for a successful research career: persistence, creativity, critical thinking, optimism, and good social skills. My (recently retired) mum was also an inspirational researcher. She was one of the first PhD students on the Women’s Health Australia project, which is now called the Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. I have strong early memories of taking cups of tea down to the study for her at home when she was writing up her PhD. She had four children in primary school at the time – amazing!

After school, I had originally planned on becoming a psychologist. But when I had actually completed the four year degree, I realised that it wasn’t the right career path for me anymore (great timing I know). Luckily, I had gained a host of important research skills and I knew I still wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, so I applied for a research assistant job working with Professor Phil Morgan on the Healthy Dads Healthy Kids and SHED-IT men’s weight loss projects. Phil is another truly inspirational leader and these projects were so much fun to work on with him and his research team. From that moment I knew that I could find meaning and purpose from a career in research and I’ve never looked back. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My ultimate goal is to increase the number of men who benefit from participating in research studies. At the moment there is a large discrepancy suggesting that the current offerings just aren’t capturing men’s interests. For example, seven women participate in weight loss studies for every three men. When it comes to projects targeting parents to improve children’s health behaviours, there are 94 mothers for every 6 fathers! Actually achieving this will require an international effort to design more male-targeted interventions and make general interventions more appealing for men. If I can provide some inspiration or share some successful strategies with other researchers in the meantime, I think that would be a great start.

Biography

Myles is a National Heart Foundation post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition and School of Education. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Newcastle in May 2015. He also completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1A) at the University of Newcastle in 2009. To date, Myles has published 36 peer-reviewed research papers, been awarded $3.41 million in external research grants and won 16 individual academic awards.

Future Focus

At the moment I am designing an online program to improve the physical and mental health of men with overweight/obesity and depression. These conditions are currently affecting large numbers of men in Australia, often in combination, but men are much less likely than women to seek help for either. The online component is really important as it will allow us to provide support in a non-threatening and confidential manner, which could be easily accessed by men from all over Australia. 

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Theories of behaviour change
  • Weight loss interventions

Affiliations

Downloads

ABC Newcastle interview with Kia Handley - 30 July 2019

2017

SHED-IT Recharge: Development and evaluation of a gender-tailored program designed to improve men's physical and mental health
Project Grant
Description:

Phase I of this study will investigate feasibility and efficacy of a self-help, gender-tailored weight loss program for male workers with or without the provision of additional program components targeting stress and mental health  (SHED-IT only vs. SHED-IT plus SHED-IT: Recharge).

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Embedding the DADEE Program in local communities: Sustainability through innovative partnerships
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This three year phase of the Dads and Daughter Exercising and Empowered (DADEE) project aims to transition the DADEE program to a sustainable model embedded in the Newcastle community, capitalising on the achievements of the initial 2014-2016 grant period. 

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2015

Greaves Family Early Career Support Grants
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Description:

The Greaves Family Early Career Support grant will enure Myles Young can extend his research with the SHED-IT weight loss program to  achieve his goal of becoming an independent and internationally reputable early career researcher in the Hunter Region.

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Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Travel Grant
Description:

If successful, this grant would allow me to travel to Edinburgh to deliver an oral presentation of my PhD research in men’s weight loss at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference.

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2012

Barker PhD Scholarship
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2011

Engaging men to maintain weight loss using innovative and cost-effective interventions: The SHED-IT weight loss maintenance pilot study
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