Dr Paul Sharp

Dr Paul Sharp

Senior Lecturer
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Science (MSc), University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), University of British Columbia, Canada
Medicine & Health
School of Health Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer (Health Behaviour Change/Sport Psychology) in the School of Health Sciences at the University of New South Wales. My research examines the influence of sociocultural and gender-related factors on men's health and health-related behaviours. I completed postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia, and am an academic member of UBC's Men's Health Research Program and the Reducing Male Suicide Research Excellence Cluster. With a strong interest in applied research, I have published over 35 peer-reviewed publications and been influential in the design, delivery, and evaluation of men’s health promotion programs internationally.

I currently lead a SSHRC funded research project exploring men’s social connection and peer support for mental health challenges. Findings from this research will be used to inform the development of an online resource to encourage and support men to engage in peer support and mutual help for mental health challenges.

Phone
+61-2-9348 2133
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Fisher K; Rice SM; Wilson MJ; Benakovic R; Oliffe JL; Walther A; Sharp P; Seidler ZE, 2024, 'Australian men's help-seeking pathways for anxiety', SSM - Mental Health, 5, pp. 100313 - 100313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmmh.2024.100313
    Journal articles | 2024
    Sharp P; Oliffe JL; Kealy D; Rice SM; Seidler ZE; Ogrodniczuk JS, 2024, 'A survey of Canadian men’s mental health in the workplace', Cogent Mental Health, 3, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/28324765.2024.2313870
    Journal articles | 2023
    Benakovic R; Wilson MJ; Kealy D; Rice SM; Oliffe JL; Sharp P; Seidler ZE, 2023, 'Drivers of dropout and enhancers of engagement for male military veterans in therapy: practitioner perspectives', Counselling Psychology Quarterly, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2023.2276219
    Journal articles | 2023
    Caperchione CM; English M; Sharp P; Agar MR; Phillips JL; Liauw W; Harris CA; McCullough S; Lilian R, 2023, 'Exploring the practicality and acceptability a brief exercise communication and clinician referral pathway in cancer care: a feasibility study', BMC Health Services Research, 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-10003-x
    Journal articles | 2023
    Legge N; Watsford M; Sharp P; O'Meara D; Slattery K, 2023, '"A feeling for run and rhythm": coaches' perspectives of performance, talent, and progression in rowing.', J Sports Sci, 41, pp. 927 - 936, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2023.2249752
    Journal articles | 2023
    Ogrodniczuk JS; Oliffe JL; Kealy D; Seidler ZE; Sharp P; Rice SM, 2023, 'Silence and its manifestations in men’s mental illness', Nature Mental Health, 1, pp. 446 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s44220-023-00093-1
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Caperchione CM; Brown GA; Stadnyk A; Marin E; Hulin B; Wade J; Mott B; Gabriel M; Impellizzeri F; Fullagar HHK, 2023, 'A pragmatic strength and conditioning intervention for firefighters: Feasibility of the Tactical Athlete Resilience Program (TARP)', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 34, pp. 60 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.656
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Coroiu A; Rice SM; Seidler ZE; Kealy D; Ogrodniczuk JS; Oliffe JL, 2023, 'Engaging Men in Intimate Partner Relationship Programs: Service Provider and Stakeholder Perspectives', American Journal of Men's Health, 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/15579883231161023
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Kealy D; Rice SM; Seidler ZE; Oliffe JL; Ogrodniczuk JS, 2023, 'Existential isolation and psychological distress during COVID-19: The role of loneliness and resilient coping in Canadian help-seeking men.', J Affect Disord, 324, pp. 279 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.12.133
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Ogrodniczuk JS; Sha M; Kelly MT; Montaner GG; Kealy D; Seidler ZE; Rice SM; Oliffe JL, 2023, 'Working with men in the context of distressed and disrupted intimate partner relationships: A qualitative study.', Patient Educ Couns, 115, pp. 107873, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2023.107873
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Oliffe JL; Bottorff JL; Rice SM; Schulenkorf N; Caperchione CM, 2023, 'Connecting Australian Masculinities and Culture to Mental Health: Men’s Perspectives and Experiences', Men and Masculinities, 26, pp. 112 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184x221149985
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Oliffe JL; Kealy D; Rice SM; Seidler ZE; Ogrodniczuk JS, 2023, 'Social support buffers young men's resilient coping to psychological distress', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 17, pp. 784 - 791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.13371
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sharp P; Zhu P; Ogrodniczuk JS; Seidler ZE; Wilson MJ; Fisher K; Oliffe JL, 2023, '“Hey Amir, How Are You REALLY Doing?”: Participant Perspectives of a Peer-Based Suicide Prevention Campaign for Men', American Journal of Men's Health, 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/15579883231209189
    Journal articles | 2022
    Caperchione CM; English M; Sharp P; Stolp S; Wallace L; Harris D; Ashton J, 2022, 'A family-based approach examining perceptions of an Australian TRYathlon series on children's health and development', Health Promotion International, 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac079
    Journal articles | 2022
    Caperchione CM; Sharp P; Phillips JL; Agar M; Liauw W; Harris CA; Marin E; McCullough S; Lilian R, 2022, 'Bridging the gap between attitudes and action: A qualitative exploration of clinician and exercise professional's perceptions to increase opportunities for exercise counselling and referral in cancer care', Patient Education and Counseling, 105, pp. 2489 - 2496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.11.002
    Journal articles | 2022
    Caperchione CM; Stolp S; Phillips JL; Agar M; Sharp P; Liauw W; Harris CA; McCullough S; Lilian R, 2022, 'Cancer survivors’ exercise beliefs, knowledge, and behaviors: An Australian National Survey', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 18, pp. 625 - 633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.13729
    Journal articles | 2022
    Oliffe JL; Kelly MT; Montaner GG; Kealy D; Seidler ZE; Ogrodniczuk JS; Sharp P; Rice SM, 2022, 'Men, relationships and partner-initiated break-ups: A narrative analysis.', Health Psychol Open, 9, pp. 20551029221142465, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/20551029221142465
    Journal articles | 2022
    Sharp P; Bottorff JL; Rice S; Oliffe JL; Schulenkorf N; Impellizzeri F; Caperchione CM, 2022, '"People say men don't talk, well that's bullshit": A focus group study exploring challenges and opportunities for men's mental health promotion.', PLoS One, 17, pp. e0261997, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261997
    Journal articles | 2021
    Agar M; Caperchione C; Harris C; Liauw W; Lillian R; McCullough S; Phillips J; Sharp P, 2021, 'Bridging the gap between attitudes and action: Opportunities for the cancer care workforce to support exercise counselling and referral', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 24, pp. S13 - S13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2021.09.042
    Journal articles | 2021
    Caperchione CM; Bottorff JL; Stolp S; Sharp P; Johnson ST; Oliffe JL; Hunt K, 2021, 'Positive Lifestyle Behavior Changes Among Canadian Men: Findings From the HAT TRICK Program', American Journal of Health Promotion, 35, pp. 193 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890117120957176
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sharp P; Spence JC; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Hunt K; Vis-Dunbar M; Virgile A; Caperchione CM, 2021, 'Infographic. One small step for man, one giant leap for men's health: a meta-analysis of behaviour change interventions to increase men's physical activity.', Br J Sports Med, 55, pp. 816 - 817, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-102976
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sharp P; Stolp S; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Hunt K; Caperchione CM, 2021, 'Can lifestyle interventions improve Canadian men's mental health? Outcomes from the HAT TRICK programme.', Health Promot Int, 36, pp. 943 - 951, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daaa120
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sharp P; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Hunt K; Caperchione CM, 2020, 'Process evaluation of HAT TRICK: feasibility, acceptability and opportunities for programme refinement.', Health Educ Res, 35, pp. 605 - 617, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyaa029
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sharp P; Spence JC; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Hunt K; Vis-Dunbar M; Caperchione CM, 2020, 'One small step for man, one giant leap for men's health: a meta-analysis of behaviour change interventions to increase men's physical activity.', Br J Sports Med, 54, pp. 1208 - 1216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2019-100912
    Journal articles | 2019
    Caperchione CM; Sabiston CM; Stolp S; Bottorff JL; Campbell KL; Eves ND; Ellard SL; Gotay C; Sharp P; Pullen T; Fitzpatrick KM, 2019, 'A preliminary trial examining a 'real world' approach for increasing physical activity among breast cancer survivors: findings from project MOVE.', BMC Cancer, 19, pp. 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12885-019-5470-2
    Journal articles | 2019
    Pullen T; Bottorff JL; Sabiston CM; Campbell KL; Eves ND; Ellard SL; Gotay C; Fitzpatrick K; Sharp P; Caperchione CM, 2019, 'Utilizing RE-AIM to examine the translational potential of Project MOVE, a novel intervention for increasing physical activity levels in breast cancer survivors.', Transl Behav Med, 9, pp. 646 - 655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tbm/iby081
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Sarbit G; Sharp P; Kelly MT, 2018, 'Smoke-Free Men: Competing and Connecting to Quit.', Am J Health Promot, 32, pp. 135 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890117116671257
    Journal articles | 2018
    Pullen T; Sharp P; Bottorff JL; Sabiston CM; Campbell KL; Ellard SL; Gotay C; Fitzpatrick K; Caperchione CM, 2018, 'Acceptability and satisfaction of project MOVE: A pragmatic feasibility trial aimed at increasing physical activity in female breast cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology, 27, pp. 1251 - 1256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.4662
    Journal articles | 2018
    Sharp P; Bottorff JL; Hunt K; Oliffe JL; Johnson ST; Dudley L; Caperchione CM, 2018, 'Men’s Perspectives of a Gender-Sensitized Health Promotion Program Targeting Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Social Connectedness', American Journal of Men's Health, 12, pp. 2157 - 2166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1557988318799159
    Journal articles | 2017
    Caperchione CM; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Johnson ST; Hunt K; Sharp P; Fitzpatrick KM; Price R; Goldenberg SL, 2017, 'The HAT TRICK programme for improving physical activity, healthy eating and connectedness among overweight, inactive men: study protocol of a pragmatic feasibility trial.', BMJ Open, 7, pp. e016940, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016940
    Journal articles | 2017
    Oliffe JL; Bottorff JL; Sharp P; Caperchione CM; Johnson ST; Healy T; Lamont S; Jones-Bricker M; Medhurst K; Errey S, 2017, 'Healthy Eating and Active Living: Rural-Based Working Men's Perspectives.', Am J Mens Health, 11, pp. 1664 - 1672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1557988315619372
    Journal articles | 2017
    Seaton CL; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Jones-Bricker M; Caperchione CM; Johnson ST; Sharp P, 2017, 'Acceptability of the POWERPLAY Program: A Workplace Health Promotion Intervention for Men.', Am J Mens Health, 11, pp. 1809 - 1822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1557988317728354
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Sarbit G; Sharp P; Caperchione CM; Currie LM; Schmid J; Mackay MH; Stolp S, 2016, 'Evaluation of QuitNow Men: An Online, Men-Centered Smoking Cessation Intervention.', J Med Internet Res, 18, pp. e83, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.5076
    Journal articles | 2016
    Caperchione CM; Reid RC; Sharp PG; Stehmeier J, 2016, 'How do management and non-management employees perceive workplace wellness programmes? A qualitative examination', Health Education Journal, 75, pp. 553 - 564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896915607911
    Journal articles | 2016
    Caperchione CM; Stolp S; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Johnson ST; Seaton C; Sharp P; Jones-Bricker M; Lamont S; Errey S; Healy T; Medhurst K; Christian H; Klitch M, 2016, 'Changes in Men's Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Knowledge and Behavior as a Result of Program Exposure: Findings From the Workplace POWERPLAY Program.', J Phys Act Health, 13, pp. 1364 - 1371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2016-0111
    Journal articles | 2016
    Johnson ST; Stolp S; Seaton C; Sharp P; Caperchione CM; Bottorff JL; Oliffe JL; Jones-Bricker M; Lamont S; Medhurst K; Errey S; Healy T, 2016, 'A Men's Workplace Health Intervention: Results of the POWERPLAY Program Pilot Study.', J Occup Environ Med, 58, pp. 765 - 769, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000793
    Journal articles | 2016
    Sharp P; Caperchione C, 2016, 'The effects of a pedometer-based intervention on first-year university students: A randomized control trial.', J Am Coll Health, 64, pp. 630 - 638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2016.1217538
    Journal articles | 2015
    Bottorff JL; Sarbit G; Oliffe JL; Kelly MT; Lohan M; Stolp S; Sharp P, 2015, '"If I Were Nick": Men's Responses to an Interactive Video Drama Series to Support Smoking Cessation.', J Med Internet Res, 17, pp. e190, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.4491
    Journal articles | 2015
    Caperchione CM; Sharp P; Bottorff JL; Stolp S; Oliffe JL; Johnson ST; Jones-Bricker M; Errey S; Christian H; Healy T; Medhurst K; Lamont S, 2015, 'The POWERPLAY workplace physical activity and nutrition intervention for men: Study protocol and baseline characteristics.', Contemp Clin Trials, 44, pp. 42 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2015.07.013

  • 2024 - 2025: Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters, UBC. $200,000
  • 2023 - 2025: New Frontiers in Research Fund, SSHRC. $500,000
  • 2023 - 2024: Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Fostering Integration Grants, Australian Government. $98,438
  • 2022 - 2023: Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters, UBC. $200,000
  • 2019 - 2021: Translational Cancer Research Network Flagship Grant. $94,366
  • 2018 - 2019: Health Futures Development Grant, Faculty of Health, UTS. $15,990
  • 2018 - 2019: Michael Smith Health Research BC. $9,990
  • 2016 - 2018: Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI). $188,000

  • 2022 - 2024: Recipient of the Michael Smith Health Research BC (MSHRBC) Trainee Award
  • 2022 - 2024: Recipient of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship
  • 2022 - 2023: Recipient of the Research Fellowship, Dr. John Oliffe Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), UBC
  • 2021: Recipient of the Higher Degree Research Development Award, UTS
  • 2019: Recipient of the Higher Degree Research Development Award, UTS
  • 2018 - 2021: Recipient of the International Research Training Scholarship, Australian Government
  • 2017: Recipient of the Accelerate/Innovations in Wellness Scholarship, Mitacs and UBC
  • 2017: Recipient of the Graduate Entrance Scholarship, UBC

Select Media Coverage

How relationships and work can impact your friendships (2024). UBC Men's Health Research Program

Understanding men's health trends on social media (2024). CBC Vancouver. 

Social connection is everything (2024). UBC Men's Health Research Program. 

Meet Dr. Paul Sharp (2024). RMS Member Series.