Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education, Victoria University

Zali is an Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education in the Institute of Health and sport at Victoria University. Her research expertise is in the development and evaluation of interventions to promote positive body image among men, women, and children. This has included work to evaluate programs designed to improve body image for adolescent boys, and programs to prepare teachers to be able to incorporate these resources into their class and school. Zali also leads the Body Confident Mums Project that aims to empower mothers to role model positive body image attitudes and behaviours to their children. Zali has been awarded a Creswick fellowship to travel to Harvard and Northeastern universities to further develop Body Confident Mums resources in 2019.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer, Victoria University
  • 2007–2013
    Lecturer, La Trobe University

Education

  • 2007 
    Sydney University, PhD
  • 2003 
    University of Wollongong, B.Ed (Physical and Health Education, Hons 1)

Publications

  • 2015
    Adolescent Body Image, Psychology Press (In preparation)
  • 2014
    Relationships between body image, nutritional supplement use, and attitudes towards doping in sport among adolescent boys: implications for prevention programs. , Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • 2013
    What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs, Body Image
  • 2012
    Weight Attitudes in 3- to 5- Year-Old Children: Age Differences and Cross-Sectional Predictors, Body Image
  • 2009
    Body image, dieting and disordered eating and activity practices among teacher trainees: implications for school-based health education and obesity prevention programs. , Health Education Research
  • 2005
    The role of teachers and other educators in the prevention of eating disorders and child obesity: What are the issues? , Eating Disorders

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Leverhulme Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowship
    Role:
    Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Leverhulme Foundation
  • 2012
    Appearance Matters: Optimising the outcomes for vocational guidance counselling and vocational training
    Role:
    researcher
    Funding Source:
    European Funding: Leonardo DaVinci Lifelong Learning Multilateral Project
  • 2010
    Nutritional supplements and weight gain behaviours in male adolescents from 2000-2010: Implications for Anti-Doping Interventions
    Role:
    researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Anti-Doping Research Program
  • 2010
    Positive body image in schools
    Role:
    researcher
    Funding Source:
    Victorian Government Office of Youth Affairs
  • 2010
    The early development of body image, internalisation of media ideals, dieting awareness and weight bias in very young girls and boys: The foundation for a longitudinal study
    Role:
    researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Rotary Health Seeding Funding- Mental Health of Young Australians