Dr Noémi Tari-Keresztes

Research Fellow


PhD (Psychology), Semmelweis University, Hungary 2009; MA (Sociology), University of Szeged, Hungary 2004; Facilitator (Williams LifeSkills), , Hans Selye Hungarian Society of Behavioural Sciences and Behavioural Medicine, Hungary 2006


Darwin - Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Dr. Noémi Tari-Keresztes MA, PhD, is a Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. Previously she was a Research Support Officer II. at the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health and a Research Support Officer I. at the Islands and Small States Institute at the University of Malta.

She completed her Master degree in sociology through the University of Szeged (2004), Hungary and her PhD degree in psychology from the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary (2009). She also holds a certificate as a Williams Life Skills (WLS) Facilitator (2006). Her previous working history includes posts as assistant professor at the Institute of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (University of Szeged, Hungary), visitor researcher at the Centre for Social Research in Health (UNSW, Sydney, Australia), and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (University of Szeged, Hungary). She is also a PhD supervisor at the University of Pecs, Hungary with an active part-time PhD student.

She is motivated and qualified with more than 15 years of research experience in the field of Sport and Health Sociology, Psychology and other social science-related fields of adolescents and youth’s health. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for some Hungarian and international journals. Her research interests are focused on how different sociological and psychological factors affect youth’s psychosocial health and health behaviours.

  1.  Pikó, B., Keresztes, N., & Pluhár, Zs. (2006). Aggressive behavior and psychosocial health among children. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 885-895
  2.  Pikó, B., & Keresztes, N. (2006). Physical activity, psychosocial health and life goals among youth. Journal of Community Health, 2, 136-145.
  3.  Pikó, B., & Keresztes, N. (2007). Self – perceived health among early adolescents: The role of psychosocial health. Pediatrics International, 49, 577-583.
  4.  Keresztes, N., Pikó, B., Pluhar, Zs., & Page, R. M. (2008). Brief report: Social influences in leisure-time sports activity among early adolescents. The Journal of Royal Society for Promotion of Health, 1, 21-25.
  5. Pikó, B., & Keresztes, N. (2008). Sociodemographic and socioeconomic variations in leisure-time physical activity in a sample of Hungarian youth. International Journal of Public Health, 53, 306-310.
  6. Keresztes, N., Piko, B., Gibbons, F.X., & Spielberger C.D. (2009). Do high and low active adolescents have different prototypes of physically active peers? The Psychological Record, 59, 39-52.
  7. Gerrits, J.H., O’Hara, R.E., Piko, B.F., Gibbons, F.X., de Ridder D.T.D., Keresztes, N., Kamble, S,V,, & de Wit J.B.F. (2010). Self-control, diet concerns and eater prototypes influence fatty foods consumption of adolescents in three countries. Health Education Research, 6, 1031-1041
  8. Kovacs, E., Piko, B., & Keresztes, N. (2014). The interacting role of physical activity and diet control in Hungarian adolescents’ substance use and psychological health. Substance Use & Misuse, 49, 1278-1286.
  9. Keresztes, N., Pikó, B.F., Fülöp, M. (2015): Does competitiveness count? The role of competitive attitude in health risk and preventive health behaviour. European Journal of Mental Health, 1, 44-61.
  10. Keresztes, N. (2015): Social images about physically inactive peers. Létünk, 1, 147-160.