David E. Conroy
Professor of Kinesiology and Human Development & Family Studies; Graduate Program Director
268U Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
Ph.D., 2000, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
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.
Conroy, D.E., Elavsky, S., Hyde, A.L., & Doerksen, S.E. (2011). The dynamic nature of physical activity intentions: A within-person perspective on intention-behavior coupling. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 33, 807-827.
Conroy, D. E., & Hyde, A. L. (2012). Measurement of achievement motivation processes. In G. Tenenbaum, R. Eklund, & A. Kamata (Eds.), Handbook of measurement in sport & exercise psychology (pp. 303-317). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Conroy, D. E. & Pincus, A. L. (2011). Interpersonal impact messages associated with different forms of achievement motivation. Journal of Personality, 79, 675-706.
Hyde, A.L. & Conroy, D.E. (in press). Experimentally-manipulated achievement goal states regulate self-conscious emotional responses to feedback. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.
Hyde, A.L., Elavsky, S., Doerksen, S.E., & Conroy, D.E. (in press). Habit strength reduces convergence between weekly self-reported and objectively-assessed physical activity. Psychology of Sport & Exercise.
Maher, J.P., Doerksen, S.E., Elavsky, S., Hyde, A.L., Pincus, A.L., Ram, N., & Conroy, D.E. (in press). A daily process analysis of physical activity and satisfaction with life in emerging adults. Health Psychology.
Hyde, A.L., Conroy, D.E., Ram, N., & Pincus, A.L. (2011). Unpacking the feel good effect of free-time physical activity: Between- and within-person associations with pleasant-activated feeling states. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 33, 884-902.
Ram, N., Conroy, D. E., Pincus, A.L., Hyde, A.L., & Molloy, L.E. (in press). Tethering theory to method: Using measures of intraindividual variability to operationalize individuals’ dynamic characteristics. In G. Hancock & J. Harring (Eds.), Advances in longitudinal modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. New York: Routledge.
- Domains of Health and Behavior
- Contexts and Social Institutions