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David Conroy
David E. Conroy, Ph.D.
Professor of Kinesiology and Human Development & Family Studies
Summary Statement

David Conroy's research focuses on achievement motivation, with a particular concentration on within-person dynamics of motivation and health behavior to develop precision behavioral interventions; how automatic motivation processes improve health behavior.

  • Kinesiology - KINES
  • Ph.D., 2000, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
  • M.A., 1996, Physical Education, Exercise & Sport Science, University of North Carolina
  • B.A., 1994, Psychology and Physical Education, Exercise & Sport Science, University of North Carolina
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Office Address
268U Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
  • Motivation for competence and health, with particular emphasis on physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • Daily processes in motivation, health behavior, and quality of life/well-being
  • Behavioral interventions to modify automatic motivational processes and health behavior
Grants and Research Projects

My research focuses on motivation. In ongoing research, we seek to understand the factors that motivate peoples’ physical activity and sedentary behavior, how that motivation changes over time (naturally as well as in response to interventions), and the consequences of (in)activity for well-being. Our interests in motivation span both controlled (e.g., beliefs, intentions) and automatic processes (e.g., habits, evaluations, goals). Our methods emphasize studying people in the context of their everyday lives and modeling changes in each person’s motivation, behavior, and well-being over time.

The Motivation Lab