Rubicon grant for Dr. Keegan Knittle

Dr. Keegan Knittle (Health- Medical and Neuropsychology) was awarded a NWO Rubicon grant for his research on factors and techniques that result in greater motivation for health behaviour change. The grant will provide for two years of research at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland.

The project

Motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle is crucial in the prevention of cardiovascular- and other diseases. This project aims to identify which factors and techniques lead to more motivation for health behaviour change, and how they can be implemented in digital interventions for behaviour change. For example by developing a smartphone-app based on the most effective behaviour change techniques.

Why Helsinki?

‘I knew a number of people working at University of Helsinki (Dr Nelli Hankonen, Dr Ari Haukkala) who helped to develop the ideas for the proposal. The Department of Social Research at University of Helsinki is also a co-applicant on the PreCIOUS Project, a large collaborative EU-funded project looking at developing smartphone-based lifestyle change apps which my research will work alongside of.’

About Rubicon

Rubicon offers talented researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands, as international research experience is likely to be an advantage at a later stage in the applicant's academic career.

The programme is named after the river Rubicon. Julius Caesar crossed the river before embarking on the series of victories that led to his famous pronouncement 'veni, vidi, vici'.

More information about the Rubicon programme

Last Modified: 28-07-2014