Dr Magdalena Wilczynska

Dr Magdalena Wilczynska

Casual Reseach Assistant

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Magdalena Wilczynska is a post-doctoral researcher with a degree from the University of Newcastle. Magdalena also holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and in Psychology of Advertisement and Management from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw, Poland. 

Dr Wilczynska is passionate about helping people live a healthier lifestyle, which is evident in her research and private practise. Magdalena’s research interest lies in health behaviour change, emotion-focused coping, stress management, and the use of new technologies to reduce the burden of chronic disease at the population and individual level. 

In 2014 Magdalena began her postgraduate study at the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Professor Ronald Plotnikoff and Professor David Lubans. Dr Wilczynska’s PhD focused on integrating smartphone application technology, cognitive-behavioural strategies, and the use of the outdoor environment to improve physical and mental-health outcomes among adults with Type 2 Diabetes (a randomized controlled trial known as ‘eCoFit’). 

The eCoFit initiative of using green, public spaces and the outdoor environment as a cost-free gym alternative led to successful funding of the eCoFit dissemination study in the Upper Hunter Shire Council, through the $40,000 Liveable Community Grant and NHMRC eCoFit Partnership Grant for over $1,000,000 in funding. NHMRC Partnership Grant project will test the effectiveness of eCoFit for a scalable promotion in community parks in collaboration with Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie City Council. 

Furthermore, Magdalena collaborated with the international researches from the Behaviour and Cognitive Research Group at Yale University, which resulted in a mutual publication in Psychiatry Research. More recently Magdalena was involved in consumer behaviour research and developing and evaluating ‘practice change’ interventions to increase the delivery of preventive care amongst people with a mental health condition. 

Currently, Dr Wilczynska is working as a post-doctoral researcher at Hunter New England Population Health where she is investigating COVID-19. Magdalena also conducts workshops with students for a Behavioural Change for Physical Activity module and runs private consultations for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), Warsaw University

Keywords

  • Behaviour change
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Emotions
  • Health behaviour change
  • Physical activity
  • Stress management

Languages

  • German (Working)
  • Polish (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 5
170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology 35
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/6/2018 - 8/7/2019 Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle | Australia
School of Psychology
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 ASICS Best Paper Physical Activity and Health Promotion
Sports Medicine Australia
2016 Higher Degree by Research Achievement Award
Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Bucher T, Frey E, Wilczynska M, Deroover K, Dohle S, 'Consumer perception and behaviour related to low-alcohol wine: Do people overcompensate?', Public Health Nutrition, 23 1939-1947 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S1368980019005238
Co-authors Tamara Bucher
2020 Fehily C, Hodder R, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wolfenden L, Dray J, et al., 'The effectiveness of interventions to increase preventive care provision for chronic disease risk behaviours in mental health settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Preventive Medicine Reports, 19 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101108
Co-authors Julia Dray, Luke Wolfenden, Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem, Rebecca Hodder, John Wiggers, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2019 Wilczynska M, Lubans DR, Paolini S, Plotnikoff RC, 'Mediating Effects of the eCoFit Physical Activity Intervention for Adults at Risk of, or Diagnosed with, Type 2 Diabetes', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26 512-521 (2019) [C1]

© 2019, International Society of Behavioral Medicine. Background: The study aim was to examine the mechanisms of physical activity behaviour change in the multi-component eCoFit r... [more]

© 2019, International Society of Behavioral Medicine. Background: The study aim was to examine the mechanisms of physical activity behaviour change in the multi-component eCoFit randomised controlled trial (RCT) among adults diagnosed with, or at risk of, T2D. Method: The RCT included two phases: phase 1 (weeks 1¿10) integrated group sessions (outdoor physical activity and cognitive mentoring) and the use of the eCoFit smartphone application (app), and phase 2 (weeks 11¿20), which included the use of the eCoFit smartphone application only. Participants (n = 84) were assessed at baseline and 10 and 20¿weeks from baseline. Physical activity was assessed using pedometers, and the following mediators were tested: action self-efficacy, barrier self-efficacy, recovery self-efficacy, implementation intentions, intention to have regular physical activity, outcome expectations, risk perception and implicit associations related to physical activity. The PROCESS INDIRECT Macro was used to perform mediation analyses. Results: Significant mediation pathways were found for implementation intention measured at 10¿weeks, AB (95% CI = 486.04 [128.19, 1073.42]). No significant pathways were found for the other social¿cognitive and implicit attitudinal mediators. Conclusion: Increased daily steps among the intervention participants were explained by increased implementation intentions. The eCoFit study successfully operationalised implementation intentions in the smartphone app designed to promote outdoor physical activity. Trial Registration: The trial was approved by a University Human Research Committee and is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ACTRN12615000990527).

DOI 10.1007/s12529-019-09800-8
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Stefania Paolini, David Lubans
2019 Murphy ML, Lubans DR, Cohen KE, Robards SL, Wilczynska M, Kennedy SG, et al., 'Preliminary efficacy and feasibility of referral to exercise specialists, psychologists and provision of a technology-based behavior change support package to promote physical activity in school teachers 'at risk' of, or diagnosed with, type 2 diabetes: The 'SMART Health' Pilot Study Protocol', CONTEMPORARY CLINICAL TRIALS, 78 53-62 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2019.01.007
Co-authors David Lubans, Erica James, Sarah Kennedy, Ron Plotnikoff
2018 Gollwitzer A, Wilczynska M, Jaya ES, 'Targeting the link between loneliness and paranoia via an interventionist-causal model framework', Psychiatry Research, 263 101-107 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.02.050
2017 Plotnikoff RC, Wilczynska M, Cohen KE, Smith JJ, Lubans DR, 'Integrating smartphone technology, social support and the outdoor physical environment to improve fitness among adults at risk of, or diagnosed with, Type 2 Diabetes: Findings from the eCoFit randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine, 105 404-411 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 Elsevier Inc. The risk and prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) has dramatically increased over the past decade. The aim of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate... [more]

© 2017 Elsevier Inc. The risk and prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) has dramatically increased over the past decade. The aim of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate a physical activity intervention to improve aerobic and muscular fitness among adults at risk of, or diagnosed with T2D. A 20-week, assessor blinded, parallel-group randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted at the University of Newcastle (June¿December 2015). Adults were randomized to the intervention (n = 42) or wait-list control group (n = 42). The theory-based intervention included: Phase 1 (weeks 1¿10) integrated group sessions (outdoor physical activity and cognitive mentoring), and the eCoFit smartphone application (app). Phase 2 (weeks 11¿20) only included the eCoFit app. Participants were assessed at baseline, 10 weeks and 20 weeks. Linear mixed models (intention-to-treat) were used to determine group-by-time interactions at 10 weeks (primary time-point) and 20 weeks for the primary outcomes. Several secondary outcomes were also assessed. After 10 weeks, significant group-by-time effects were observed for aerobic fitness (4.5 mL/kg/min; 95% CI [1.3, 7.7], d = 0.68) and muscular fitness (lower body) (3.4 reps, 95% CI [2.7, 4.2], d = 1.45). Intervention effects for secondary outcomes included significant increased physical activity (1330 steps/week), improved upper body muscular fitness (5 reps; arm-curl test), improved functionality (- 1.8 s; timed-up and go test) reduced waist circumference (2.8 cm) and systolic blood pressure (- 10.4 mm Hg). After 20 weeks, significant effects were observed for lower body muscular fitness and health outcomes. eCoFit is an innovative lifestyle intervention which integrates smartphone technology, social support, and the outdoor environment to improve aerobic and muscular fitness.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.08.027
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
Co-authors David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff, Jordan Smith
2016 Wilczynska M, Lubans DR, Cohen KE, Smith JJ, Robards SL, Plotnikoff RC, 'Rationale and study protocol for the 'eCoFit' randomized controlled trial: Integrating smartphone technology, social support and the outdoor physical environment to improve health-related fitness among adults at risk of, or diagnosed with, Type 2 Diabetes', CONTEMPORARY CLINICAL TRIALS, 49 116-125 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2016.06.013
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors David Lubans, Jordan Smith, Ron Plotnikoff
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Bucher T, Frey E, Wilczynska M, Schreiber M, Dohle S, 'Consumer behaviour and perception related to low alcohol wine Do people overcompensate?', Hong Kong (2018)
Co-authors Tamara Bucher
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $40,000

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20171 grants / $40,000

Roll out of Newcastle University's eCoFit program across 4 sites in the Upper Hunter$40,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Jordan Smith, Doctor Magdalena Wilczynska
Scheme Liveable Communities Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700619
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD A Tailored Multi-Strategic Practice Change Intervention to Improve the Provision of Routine Preventive Care by Community Mental Health Clinicians PhD (Psychology - Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Magdalena Wilczynska

Positions

Casual Reseach Assistant
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Senior Research Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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