Dr Jacob Keech - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Staff profile

Dr Jacob Keech

PhD Griff., BPsych(Hons) Griff., MAPS

  • Lecturer in Psychology
+617 5456 5310
Office location
T2.07, Health and Sport Centre, USC Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Dr Jacob Keech


Dr Jacob Keech is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at USC. He joined USC in 2020, and prior to this he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Dr Keech completed his PhD and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Griffith University.

Dr Keech’s primary research interests are in the development of theory and interventions for reducing the effect of stress on physical and psychological health, and performance. For example, his recent research developed a model of the mechanisms through which peoples’ beliefs about the nature of stress–stress mindset–influences stress-related outcomes. Subsequently, Dr Keech developed a novel intervention to change peoples’ stress mindset. His research also applies psychological theory to understanding and changing health behaviours (eg alcohol, sleep hygiene, screen time) and risky behaviours (swimming behaviours, driving behaviour during flood events).

Dr Keech’s research has been published in leading journals in the field including Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Emotion, and Drug and Alcohol Review. Dr Keech is also an Editorial Board member of the journal Stress and Health.

Dr Keech is also a passionate teacher that enjoys engaging students in learning through linking research and theory with real world applications. His teaching has been recognised with a Griffith University Group Learning and Teaching citation awarded at the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards for commitment to reflective practices to continuously improving his teaching and dedication to supporting the achievement of students in various equity groups.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Associate Member and QLD Executive Committee Member, APS College of Health Psychologists
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM, USA)
  • Member, European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
  • Member, Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM)

Awards / Fellowships

  • 2017-2020 Associate Fellow, Griffith University Learning and Teaching Academy
  • 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards Group Learning and Teaching Citation ($2,000)

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

  • Examining the relationship between stress mindset and stressor appraisals
  • Testing a theoretical model to determine predictors of engagement in vigorous physical activity
  • Developing an implicit test of stress mindset or other mindsets

Research Grants

Grant/Project Name Investigators Funding Body & A$ value Year(s)
Developing a culturally specific oral health promotion model for First Peoples children A/Prof Kyra Hamilton, Prof Newell Johnson, Dr Jacob Keech, Prof Martin Hagger, A/Prof Maree Toombs, Prof Jeroen Kroon, Prof Lauren Williams, Stephanie Smith. Colgate – Alliance for a Cavity Free Future (ACFF) Community Grant – $9,600 2020
Development of a novel imagery intervention to change implicit theories about willpower: Evaluation in Australian and Chinese university students A/Prof Kyra Hamilton, Dr Jacob Keech, Prof Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Prof Martin Hagger, Dr Shimin Zhu, Prof Hector Tsang

Griffith University (Health)/The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) Collaborative Research Scheme –

Effects of message framing in drowning prevention communication: a temporal and self-regulatory framework A/Prof Kyra Hamilton, Prof Martin Hagger, Dr Amy Peden, Dr Jacob Keech.

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia Industry Grant & School of Applied Psychology Griffith University –


Selected Research Publications

  • Keech, J. J., Hagger, M. S. & Hamilton, K. (in press). Changing stress mindsets with a novel imagery intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Emotion. doi: 10.1037/EMO0000678
  • Keech, J. J., Smith, S. R., Peden, A. E., Hagger, M. S. & Hamilton, K. (2019). The lived experience of rescuing people who have driven into floodwater: Understanding challenges and identifying areas for providing support. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 30(2), 252-257. doi: 10.1002/hpja.181
  • Keech, J. J., Hagger, M. S., O’Callaghan, F. V. & Hamilton, K. (2018). The influence of university students’ stress mindsets on health and performance outcomes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52(12), 1046-1059. doi:
  • Hamilton, K., Keech, J. J., Peden, A. E. & Hagger, M. S. (2018). Alcohol use, aquatic injury, and unintentional drowning: A systematic literature review. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37(6), 752-773.doi: 10.1111/dar.12817

Research areas

  • Health psychology
  • Stress and health (theory development, measurement, non-clinical interventions, stress mindset and stress beliefs, coping)
  • Health behaviour change and understanding theoretical determinants of health behaviour and (eg sugar consumption, physical activity, screen time, alcohol use, sleep hygiene)
  • Decision-making for risky behaviours and risk prevention behaviours (promoting safe driving behaviour during flood events, water safety)
  • Occupational health psychology and stress management in the workplace
  • Dual-process theories (understanding non-conscious and reasoned influences on decision-making)
  • Implicit theories (mindsets) about fundamental attributes (measurement, theory, and interventions)

Teaching areas

  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion