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Dr Zali Yager

B.Ed (UOW), PhD (Sydney)

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Education

Zali is a senior lecturer in the College of Arts & Education. Her research expertise is in the school-based promotion of positive body image. She teaches health and physical education units.

Zali recently spent a year at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Halliwell, E., Yager, Z., Paraskeva, N. Diedrichs, P.C., & Smith, H. (2016). Body Image in Primary Schools: Evaluation of a primary school intervention program designed by practitioners to improve children's body satisfaction. Body Image. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.09

Franko, D., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Rodgers, R.F., Holmqvist Gattario, K., Frisen, A., Diedrichs, P.C., Ricciardelli, L.A., Yager, Z., Smolak, L., Thompson-Brenner, H. & Shingleton, R. (2015). Internalization as a mediator of the relationship between conformity to masculine norms and body image attitudes and behaviours among young men in Sweden, US, UK and Australia. Body Image, 15, 54-60.

Yager, Z. & O’Dea, J.A. (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, 11, 13-21.

Yager, Z., Diedrichs, P.C. & Drummond, M. (2013). Understanding the role of the researcher's gender in body image research: Participant preferences for male and female researchers for interviews, focus groups and interventions. Body Image, 10, 574-582.

Yager, Z., Diedrichs, P., Ricciardelli, L.A. & Halliwell, E. (2013). What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs. Body Image, 10, 271-281.


Ricciardelli, L. & Yager, Z. (2015). Adolescence and body image: From development to preventing dissatisfaction. East Sussex, Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis

Refereed chapters

Yager, Z. & O’Dea, J. (2015). School-based prevention. Chapter 42 in M.P Levine, & L. Smolak (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Eating Disorders. Wiley-Blackwell.

O’Dea, J. & Yager, Z. (2011). School based psycho-educational prevention programs (Invited Chapter) pp 434-441. In: T. Cash., & L. Smolak. Body Image: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Yager, Z. (2010). Issues of Teacher Training for Eating Disorder and Child Obesity Prevention (Invited Chapter) Chapter 5 in J. O’Dea & M. Eriksen. Childhood Obesity Prevention- International Research, Controversies and Intervention. London: Oxford University Press.

Yager, Z. & O’Dea, J.A. (2006). Body image, weight concerns and their prevention among male and female college students, pp 261-279. In Columbus, F. (Ed) College students: Stress, Depression & Mental Health. Nova Science, New York.

O’Dea, J.A. & Yager, Z. (2005). Body Image and Eating Disorders in male adolescents and young men, pp115-154. In Swain, P.I. (Ed) Adolescent Eating Disorders. Nova Science, New York.

Conference presentations

Yager, Z. & Diedrichs, P. (2013). Body image and eating disorders in school settings: Where to from here? Paper presented at the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), Quebec, Canada.

Yager, Z. (2012). School-based prevention of eating disorders and obesity: The role of Physical Education teachers. Invited presentation for the Strategic Prevention and Research Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED), Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston USA.

Yager, Z. (2012). Promoting body image in schools: An update. Invited presentation for the Section of Eating Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London UK.

Yager, Z. (2012). Being good sports: How can we create a winning team to increase eating disorder prevention and positive body image initiatives in physical activity environments? Body Image and Prevention SIG Panel presented at the Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference for Eating Disorders (ICED), Austin Texas USA.

Yager, Z. (2012). Symposium organisation: Body image in primary schools symposium. Presented at the Appearance Matters 5 Conference, July 3-4, 2012, Bristol, UK.

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Teaching responsibilities

Zali is teaching:


Zali coordinates the Master of Education

Postgraduate research students and fellows


Three honours students, one PhD student.

Current supervision

Co-supervision of four PhD students.

Research grants

La Trobe University Building Health Communities Project Grant (2015). “Achieving Body Confidence for Young Children”: Piloting a School-based Program, Paxton, S., Damiano,S. & Yager, Z. $16,365.

VU College of Education seed funding (2015). “Achieving Body Confidence for Young Children (ABC-4-YC)”: Development of a School-based Body Image Program for Early Primary School Children. Yager, Z., Damiano, S. & Paxton, S. $3000.

VU College of Education seed funding (2014). Longitudinal Study of Teacher Attitudes and Behaviours. Yager, Z. AUD $3000.

Leonardo DaVinci Lifelong Learning Multilateral Project (2013). Action: Multilateral Projects for development of innovation. For Appearance Matters: Optimising the outcomes for vocational guidance counselling and vocational training. Persson, M., Rumsey, D., Yager, Z., & Harcourt, D. EUR €333,066.

Australian Anti-Doping Research Program (ADRP)-2010-2011- Nutritional supplements and weight gain behaviours in male adolescents from 2000-2010: Implications for Anti-Doping Interventions. O’Dea, J., & Yager, Z. $68 241.

Professional memberships

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Areas of expertise

  • Body image
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Prevention of eating disorders

Contact details

+61 403 011 643