Mr Ryan Drew

Mr Ryan Drew

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Ryan is a lecturer in exercise and sports psychology in the University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences (exercise and sports science discipline). His research primarily focuses on gender-tailored, health behaviour change interventions targeting physical activity to improve the physical and mental health of men.

Ryan recently completed his PhD in the the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. His PhD investigated a gender-tailored, eHealth intervention on the health behaviours and cognitions in men with depression and obesity. A key element of this research was measuring and evaluating individual differences of health behaviours and strategies linked to key concepts of cognitive behaviour therapy on different conceptualisations of depression. In recognition of the academic quality and real-world impact of his work, Ryan was awarded the prestigious 2019 Annual Greaves Family Postgraduate Scholarship in health and medical research through Hunter Medical Research Institute.


Qualifications

  • Master of Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University
  • Bachelor of Human Movement, Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Charles Sturt University

Keywords

  • Health behaviour change
  • Health psychology
  • Men's health
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity
  • Resistance training
  • Weight loss

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
520304 Health psychology 30
420603 Health promotion 40
520107 Sport and exercise psychology 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2020 Publication Prize (Best Paper in the Obesity Theme)
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2019 Greaves Family Postgraduate Scholarship in Medical Research
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

Scholarship

Year Award
2018 Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PSYC6405 Applications of Psychological Practice
University of Newcastle
Course Tutor 1/7/2020 - 4/12/2020
PUBH1030 Foundation studies in K-6 PDHPE
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Course Lecturer and Tutor 24/2/2020 - 18/6/2021
EDUC3058 PE studies 5: Lifetime physical activities
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Course Tutor 25/2/2019 - 28/6/2019
PUBH1020 Foundations of Child Health & Well-Being
The University of Newcastle
Course Lecturer and Tutor 24/2/2020 - 18/6/2021
EDUC1038 Foundations of Secondary Education
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Course Tutor 25/2/2019 - 28/6/2019
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Publications

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


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Drew RJ, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Callister R, Kay-Lambkin F, Kelly BJ, Young MD, 'Behavioral and Cognitive Outcomes of an Online Weight Loss Program for Men With Low Mood: A Randomized Controlled Trial.', Ann Behav Med, (2021)
DOI 10.1093/abm/kaab109
Co-authors Myles Young, Frances Kaylambkin, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins
2021 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Barnes AT, Pollock ER, Kennedy S-L, Drew RJ, et al., 'Engaging Fathers to Improve Physical Activity and Nutrition in Themselves and in Their Preschool-Aged Children: The "Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads" Feasibility Trial', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH, 18 175-184 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2020-0506
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Alyce Barnes, Emma R Pollock, Myles Young, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Anna Rayward
2021 Drew RJ, Morgan PJ, Kay-Lambkin F, Collins CE, Callister R, Kelly BJ, et al., 'Men s perceptions of a gender-tailored ehealth program targeting physical and mental health: Qualitative findings from the shed-it recharge trial', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (2021)

Despite increasing rates of co-morbid depression and obesity, few interventions target both conditions simultaneously, particularly in men. The SHED-IT: Recharge trial, conducted ... [more]

Despite increasing rates of co-morbid depression and obesity, few interventions target both conditions simultaneously, particularly in men. The SHED-IT: Recharge trial, conducted in 125 men with depressive symptoms and overweight or obesity, tested the efficacy of a gender-tailored eHealth program with integrated mental health support. The aims of this study were to examine the perceptions of men who received the SHED-IT: Recharge intervention in relation to recruitment, satisfaction with the program, and suggestions to improve the program. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted in a random sub-sample, stratified by baseline depression and weight status (n = 19, mean (SD) age 49.6 years (11.6), PHQ-9 score 9.0 (3.7), BMI 32.5 kg/m2 (4.6)). Transcripts were analyzed using an inductive process by an independent qualitative researcher. Four themes emerged, namely, (i) specific circumstances determined men¿s motivation to enroll, (ii) unique opportunity to implement sustained physical and mental health changes compared to previous experiences, (iii) salience of the program elements, and (iv) further opportunities that build accountability could help maintain focus. Gender-tailored, self-directed lifestyle interventions incorporating mental health support are acceptable and satisfying for men experiencing depressive symptoms. These findings provide important insights for future self-guided lifestyle interventions for men with poor physical and mental health.

DOI 10.3390/ijerph182412878
Co-authors Robin Callister, Frances Kaylambkin, Philip Morgan, Brian Kelly, Myles Young, Clare Collins
2021 Morgan PJ, Rayward AT, Young MD, Pollock ER, Eather N, Barnes AT, et al., 'Establishing Effectiveness of a Community-based, Physical Activity Program for Fathers and Daughters: A Randomized Controlled Trial.', Ann Behav Med, (2021)
DOI 10.1093/abm/kaab056
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Emma R Pollock, Myles Young, Narelle Eather, David Lubans, Anna Rayward
2021 Young MD, Drew RJ, Kay-Lambkin F, Collins CE, Callister R, Kelly BJ, et al., 'Impact of a Self-Guided, eHealth Program Targeting Weight Loss and Depression in Men: A Randomized Trial', JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 89 682-694 (2021)
DOI 10.1037/ccp0000671
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Frances Kaylambkin, Robin Callister, Myles Young, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2021 Drew RJ, Morgan PJ, Young MD, 'Mechanisms of an eHealth program targeting depression in men with overweight or obesity: A randomised trial.', J Affect Disord, 299 309-317 (2021)
DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2021.12.001
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Myles Young, Philip Morgan
2020 Mavilidi MF, Drew R, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Schmidt M, Riley N, 'Effects of different types of classroom physical activity breaks on children s on-task behaviour, academic achievement and cognition', Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 109 158-165 (2020) [C1]

Aim: This study examined the effects of different types of classroom physical activity breaks on children¿s on-task behaviour, academic achievement and cognition. Methods: Partici... [more]

Aim: This study examined the effects of different types of classroom physical activity breaks on children¿s on-task behaviour, academic achievement and cognition. Methods: Participants were 87 Australian primary school students (mean age 9.11¿±¿0.62¿years), recruited from one school. Three classes were randomly assigned either to activity breaks only (n¿=¿29), activity breaks and mathematics combined (n¿=¿29), or control conditions involving only mathematical content (n¿=¿29). Students were engaged in five minutes of classroom physical activity breaks, three times per week, for four weeks (divided into two minutes at the beginning of the usual mathematics curriculum lesson and three minutes in the middle of the lesson). Assessments were conducted at baseline and post-test. Results: Significant group-by-time effects were found for on-task behaviour (active engagement: activity breaks and mathematics combined versus control, p¿=¿0.001; activity breaks versus control, p¿=¿0.001; activity breaks and mathematics combined versus activity breaks, p¿=¿0.037; passive engagement: activity breaks and mathematics combined versus control, p¿=¿0.001) and mathematics scores (activity breaks versus control, p¿=¿0.045). Conclusion: Physical activity breaks with and without integrated mathematics content were effective in improving children¿s on-task behaviour and learning scores.

DOI 10.1111/apa.14892
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Nicholas Riley, David Lubans
2020 Drew RJ, Morgan PJ, Pollock ER, Young MD, 'Impact of male-only lifestyle interventions on men's mental health: A systematic review and meta-analysis', OBESITY REVIEWS, 21 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/obr.13014
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Myles Young, Emma R Pollock
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $12,500

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20191 grants / $12,500

Impact of an online weight loss program to increase physical activity in men with depression$12,500

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan, Mr Ryan Drew
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901498
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y
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Mr Ryan Drew

Position

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email ryan.drew@newcastle.edu.au
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