Prof Dr. Francesca Vitali | Exercise Psychology | Best Researcher Award

University of Verona, Italy

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Francesca Vitali began her academic journey with a strong focus on sports psychology. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology, delving into topics related to motivation, performance optimization, and psychosocial aspects of sports and physical activity. Her early academic pursuits laid the foundation for her future research and professional endeavors.

Professional Endeavors

Following her academic training, Vitali embarked on a career as a Sport Psychologist, where she worked closely with youth top-level athletes across various sports. Her hands-on experience in this field provided valuable insights into the psychological challenges faced by athletes and the strategies to support their development and success.

Contributions and Research Focus

Vitali's research agenda has been extensive and impactful. She has contributed significantly to understanding motivational processes and preventing early dropout from sports among youth. Additionally, her work has shed light on the psychosocial benefits of sports and physical activity for diverse populations, including patients, special populations, and individuals with disabilities.

Her exploration of psychobiosocial (PBS) states and motivational processes in Physical Education has advanced our understanding of the interplay between psychological, biological, and social factors in educational settings. Moreover, Vitali has made notable contributions to studying gender differences and stereotypes in sports and physical activity, as well as the challenges and transitions faced by student-athletes pursuing dual careers.

Furthermore, her research has focused on enhancing attentive strategies and optimizing performance in endurance sports, offering practical insights for athletes and coaches alike.

Accolades and Recognition

Francesca Vitali's contributions to the field of sports psychology have been recognized with accolades and honors within the academic and sporting communities. Her innovative research and dedication to improving athlete well-being have earned her respect and admiration from peers and practitioners alike.

Impact and Influence

Vitali's work has had a significant impact on both academia and the broader sports community. Her research findings have informed policy and practice aimed at promoting youth participation in sports, enhancing the psychosocial well-being of diverse populations, and supporting student-athletes in their academic and athletic pursuits.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As she continues her career as an Assistant Professor (Senior Researcher, RTD-B) at the University of Verona, Italy, Francesca Vitali's legacy will be marked by her pioneering research and commitment to advancing the field of sports psychology. Her future contributions are poised to further shape our understanding of motivational processes, performance optimization, and athlete development, leaving a lasting impact on generations of athletes and scholars to come.


A total of 655 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations         655
  • h-index           15
  • i10-index        21

Notable Publications 

Women coaches at top level: Looking back through the maze

M Borrueco, M Torregrossa, S Pallarès, F Vitali, Y Ramis
International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
A Moderated mediation analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on well-being and sport readiness of Italian team sports players: The role of perceived safety of the …

F Vitali, E Bisagno, M Coco, A Cadamuro, NM Maldonato, D Di Corrado
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
How do elite female athletes cope with symptoms of their premenstrual period? A study on rugby union and football players’ perceived physical ability and well-being

R Modena, E Bisagno, F Schena, S Carazzato, F Vitali
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
The impact of a 14-day altitude training camp on olympic-level open-water swimmers’ sleep

JA Vitale, C Ieno, R Baldassarre, M Bonifazi, F Vitali, A La Torre, ...
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
A developmental outlook on the role of cognition and emotions in youth volleyball and artistic gymnastics

E Bisagno, A Cadamuro, S Rubichi, C Robazza, F Vitali
Frontiers in Psychology
Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Physical Activity as an Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Improving Psychosocial Outcomes in Children and Adolescents

C 12. Purgato, M., Cadorin, C., Prina, E., Cabral Ferreira, M., Del Piccolo ...
Journal of the American of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Smart rogaining for computer science orientation

M Chessa, G Delzanno, A Ferrando, L Gelati, G Guerrini, V Mascardi, ...
Frontiers in Education
Recommendations to promote mental health in dual career development environments: an integrated knowledge translation approach

J Kegelaers, P Wylleman, G Kenttä, F Vitali, S Cecić Erpič, S Regüela, ...
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
FEPSAC position statement: Athletes’ dual careers in the European context

N Stambulova, P Wylleman, M Torregrossa, SC Erpič, F Vitali, ...
Psychology of sport and exercise,
Talent identification and development in an English Premiership rugby union club: the perspectives of players and coaches

F Dimundo, M Cole, RC Blagrove, JD Herbison, J Turnnidge, K Till, ...
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
Francesca Vitali | Exercise Psychology | Best Researcher Award

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