- Ph.D., Health, University of Bath, Bath (U.K.), 2011 - present
- Postgraduate Diploma: Research in Health Practice (with merit), University of Bath, Bath (U.K.), 2014
- M.A., Teaching International Languages (summa cum laude), California State University, Chico, 2006
- B.A., Physical Education, California State University, Chico, 2001
Principal Research Interests
My current Ph.D. research is entitled "The Impact of Gameful Design on Sedentary Adults' Motivation for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Levels" and seeks to find new and effective ways to increase motivation for physical activity through employing mechanisms of gamification.
I am interested in finding innovative pathways to assist people to become more physically active and fit. The differences between daily physical activity and structured exercise and its impact on chronic disease is also an area I will focus on during future research.
Health & EXERCISE Research Area:
- Physical fitness
- Physical activity
- Hypokinetic disease
- Health fitness psychology
- Motivation/behavior change and physical activity
- Outstanding Service Award, Andrews University, 2012
- 'Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.' Award, American Council on Exercise & Life Fitness, 2011
- "The Impact of Gameful Design on Sedentary Adults' Motivation for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Levels: A Pilot Study," D. Wakefield, A. Stathi and E. Medina, Poster session presented at the 58th Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Annual Conference, Reno, NV, 2013.
- Life & Health Network: lifeandhealth.org/author/dwakefield/