SHES Seminar Series with Dr Max Western

SHES Seminar Series with Dr Max Western

  • 03 October 2022
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Eldon Building - Room: Eldon West 1.08, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue/Middle Street, Portsmouth, PO5 4BG
  • FREE
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We are excited to welcome Dr Max Western to present: “Exercise snacking and innovative ways to use technology in active ageing research”.

Biography: Dr Max Western is a Behavioural Scientist whose research focusses on healthy ageing and the ways to use digital technologies for supporting health behaviour change. In particular, Dr Western has experience in developing, optimising and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions aimed at supporting lifestyle behaviours such as physical activity and exercise as a means to prevent poor physical and mental health. Dr Western focuses much of his research on older adults, and has led or collaborated on several projects exploring how to engage at risk populations such as those with pre-frailty or mild cognitive impairment in lifestyle behaviours to maintain independence and good quality of life. Dr Western also researches the equality of benefit of digital interventions and the psychological processes that can help bridge the digital divide between people of high and low socioeconomic status.

Dr Western completed his PhD at the University of Bath in 2016, exploring the benefit of wearable technology enabled multidimensional feedback for supporting physical activity behaviour change in adults at risk of chronic disease. From there Dr Western worked as a post-doc on the Retirement in ACTion study, as part of the core team evaluating the yearlong group exercise and social intervention for older adults with mobility impairments.

Dr Western then moved to University of Southampton, Department of Psychology, to work on a project developing a digital lifestyle intervention to prevent cognitive decline, before returning to the University of Bath in 2018 to commence a lectureship in behavioural science. Dr Western was subsequently one of ten academics across the UK to be awarded a Get A Move On Network+ Fellowship to develop as a leader in the field of technology and physical activity, and led several collaborative active-ageing research projects as principal investigator.

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