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Dr Emiliano Mazzoli



Executive Dean Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 522 73898


  • Australasian Society for Physical Activity (ASPA)
  • International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA)
  • International Motor Developmental Research Consortium (I-MDRC)
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
  • Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d'Éducation Physique / International Organization for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)

Research groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)


  • 2022. Most Outstanding Doctoral Research. The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Victoria.
  • 2020. Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Sport and Health Science (JSHS). 14 December 2020.
  • 2019. Best presentation on Physical Activity and Health. 2019 ASICS Sport Medicine Australia Conference. Novotel, Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 23–26 October 2019.
  • 2019. Winner of the Deakin University Award for School of Health and Social Development Three Minute Thesis (3MT). HDR students have three minutes to present their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience, 27 May 2019.
  • 2018. Best Poster Presentation at the Deakin University Faculty of Health HDR Conference. Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, Australia, 3 December 2018.
  • 2017. Finalist at the Deakin University 3MT Competition (Faculty of Health finals). Deakin University Burwood Corporate Centre, Melbourne, Australia: 20 June 2017
  • 2015. Finalist at the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. Presented project: Fitness Hunt. A team project aimed at improving lifestyle for older adults using technology and intergenerational interaction. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 9 April 2015.
  • 2010. Winner of the Alberto Madella Award. National Research Award in memory of Professor Alberto Madella organised by the Italian National Olympic Committee, School of Sport, Rome, Italy, 17 October 2010.


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Effectiveness of Intervention Strategies to Increase Adolescents' Physical Activity and Reduce Sedentary Time in Secondary School Settings, Including Factors Related to Implementation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

A Contardo Ayala, K Parker, E Mazzoli, N Lander, N Ridgers, A Timperio, D Lubans, G Abbott, H Koorts, J Salmon

(2024), Vol. 10, pp. 1-20, Sports Medicine - Open, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

The validity of the Physical Literacy in Children Questionnaire in children aged 4 to 12

Y Diao, L Wang, S Chen, L Barnett, E Mazzoli, I Essiet, X Wang, L Wang, Y Zhao, X Li, J Li

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 1-13, BMC Public Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Physical literacy is associated with children's adherence to physical activity guidelines during COVID-19

E Mazzoli, J Xu, L Barnett

(2024), pp. 1-15, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Beyond "Brain Breaks": A New Model for Integrating Classroom-Based Active Breaks

N Lander, A Contardo Ayala, E Mazzoli, S Lai, J Orr, J Salmon

(2024), Vol. 95, pp. 22-30, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Effects of Cognitively Engaging Physical Activity on Preschool Children's Cognitive Outcomes

Myrto Mavilidi, Caterina Pesce, Emiliano Mazzoli, Sue Bennett, Fred Paas, Anthony Okely, Steven Howard

(2023), Vol. 94, pp. 839-852, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Equipping future teachers with innovative strategies that increase physical activity in the classroom: a hybrid implementation trial across three Australian universities

Natalie Lander, Emiliano Mazzoli, Inimfon Essiet, Amanda Telford, Kate Ridley, Naomi Symington, Jo Salmon

(2023), Vol. 8, pp. 1-14, Frontiers in Education, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

First-nation Australian children's interpretation of a pictorial questionnaire designed to assess physical literacy

C De Silva, M Hawkins, E Mazzoli, I Essiet, L Barnett

(2023), pp. 1-15, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Development of a self-report scale to assess children's perceived physical literacy

L Barnett, E Mazzoli, M Hawkins, N Lander, D Lubans, S Caldwell, P Comis, R Keegan, J Cairney, D Dudley, R Stewart, G Long, N Schranz, T Brown, J Salmon

(2022), Vol. 27, pp. 91-116, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, C1

journal article

Reliability and validity of the PL-C Quest, a scale designed to assess children's self-reported physical literacy

Lisa Barnett, Emiliano Mazzoli, Steven Bowe, Natalie Lander, Jo Salmon

(2022), Vol. 60, pp. 1-12, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Giving Ideas Some Legs or Legs Some Ideas? Children's Motor Creativity Is Enhanced by Physical Activity Enrichment: Direct and Mediated Paths

N Tocci, P Scibinetti, E Mazzoli, M Mavilidi, I Masci, M Schmidt, C Pesce

(2022), Vol. 13, pp. 1-18, Frontiers in Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Do Physical Fitness and Executive Function Mediate the Relationship between Physical Activity and Academic Achievement? An Examination Using Structural Equation Modelling

A Muntaner-Mas, E Mazzoli, G Abbott, M Mavilidi, A Galmes-Panades

(2022), Vol. 9, Children, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Are gender-stereotyped attitudes and beliefs in fathers and daughters associated with girls' perceived motor competence?

I Dechrai, E Mazzoli, L Hanna, P Morgan, M Young, J Grounds, S Kennedy, E Pollock, L Barnett

(2022), pp. 1-14, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Acute Effects of Cognitively Demanding Physical Activity on Inhibitory and Affective Responses in Children: An Online-Based Mixed Methods Approach

R Martins, E Mazzoli, M Duncan, C Clark, E Eyre

(2022), Vol. 9, Children, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Effects of classroom-based active breaks on cognition, sitting and on-task behaviour in children with intellectual disability: a pilot study

E Mazzoli, J Salmon, C Pesce, W Teo, N Rinehart, T May, L Barnett

(2021), Vol. 65, pp. 464-488, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Breaking up classroom sitting time with cognitively engaging physical activity: Behavioural and brain responses

E Mazzoli, J Salmon, W Teo, C Pesce, J He, T Ben-Soussan, L Barnett

(2021), Vol. 16, PLoS ONE, United States, C1

journal article

Fostering holistic development with a designed multisport intervention in physical education: A class-randomized cross-over trial

G Condello, E Mazzoli, I Masci, A Fano, T Ben-Soussan, R Marchetti, C Pesce

(2021), Vol. 18, pp. 1-23, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Empowering the future generation of teachers to promote optimal academic outcomes through physical activity: Transform-Ed!

S Cassar, N Lander, E Mazzoli, J Salmon, N Symington

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. S10-S10, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, C1

journal article

Exploration: an overarching focus for holistic development

David Stodden, Kimberley Lakes, Jean Côté, Eivind Aadland, Ali Brian, Catherine Draper, Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Guido Fumagalli, Arto Laukkanen, Myrto Mavilidi, Emiliano Mazzoli, Ross Neville, Donna Niemistö, James Rudd, Arja Sääkslahti, Mirko Schmidt, Phillip Tomporowski, Patrizia Tortella, Spyridoula Vazou, Caterina Pesce

(2021), Vol. 15, pp. 301-320, Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, Brazil, C1-1

journal article

Classroom-based physical activity interventions

Jo-Ann Salmon, Emiliano Mazzoli, Natalie Lander, Ana Contardo Ayala, Lauren Sherar, Nicola Ridgers

(2020), pp. 523-540, The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Are children with higher self-reported wellbeing and perceived motor competence more physically active? A longitudinal study

E Visser, E Mazzoli, T Hinkley, N Lander, T Utesch, L Barnett

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 270-275, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Embedding active pedagogies within pre-service teacher education: Implementation considerations and recommendations

N Lander, E Mazzoli, S Cassar, N Symington, J Salmon

(2020), Vol. 7, Children, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Feasibility of breaking up sitting time in mainstream and special schools with a cognitively challenging motor task

E Mazzoli, H Koorts, J Salmon, C Pesce, T May, W Teo, L Barnett

(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 137-148, Journal of sport and health science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Associations of class-time sitting, stepping and sit-to-stand transitions with cognitive functions and brain activity in children

E Mazzoli, W Teo, J Salmon, C Pesce, J He, T Ben-Soussan, L Barnett

(2019), Vol. 16, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The feasibility and impact of embedding pedagogical strategies targeting physical activity within undergraduate teacher education: Transform-Ed!

N Lander, H Koorts, E Mazzoli, K Moncrieff, J Salmon

(2019), Vol. 5, Pilot and Feasibility Studies, England, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Breaking School Sitting and Improving Cognition using Quadrato Motor Training: a Feasibility and Pilot Study

Prof Lisa Barnett, Mr Emiliano Mazzoli, Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Tamara May, Prof Nicole Rinehart, Prof Caterina Pesce, Prof Tal Ben-Soussan

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2017: $17,482

Transform - Us ! Secondary Schools pilot

Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Ana Maria Contardo Ayala, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Harriet Koorts, A/Prof Nicky Ridgers, Dr Kate Parker, A/Prof Natalie Lander, Dr Emiliano Mazzoli

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $150,000
  • 2021: $250,000

Industry and Other Funding

Transform-Us! Saudi Arabia: adapting and testing a physical activity program for primary school children in Saudi Arabia

Dr Emiliano Mazzoli, Dr Ana Maria Contardo Ayala, A/Prof Mezna AlMarzooqi, Prof Jo Salmon

Prince Faisal bin Fahad Award for Sports Research

  • 2023: $35,573
  • 2022: $132,725


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