Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Body image
  • Steroids and muscle building supplements
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Physical activity
  • Health and wellbeing

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Zali Yager

Dr Zali Yager's expertise revolves around the promotion of positive body image, and strengths based approaches to promoting physical activity and wellbeing in school, community, and online settings.

She is particularly passionate about determining the best ways to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in children, adolescents, and adults without having a negative impact on mental and psychological health, and using disruptive innovation to enhance health outcomes.

Dr Yager has 32 publications, including co-authorship of her book” Adolescence and Body Image: From Development to preventing dissatisfaction” with Professor Lina Ricciardelli in 2015.

Zali has been on research teams in receipt of >$1.M AUD in funding (World Anti-Doping Association Social Science Research Grant, EU Funding, local, state, and national competitive government grants and tenders). Her Google Scholar h-index is 16 and she have over 1019 citations of my work. 

Dr Yager presents at International and national conferences and has been invited to speak at public lectures, and training workshops and conferences for teachers, dieticians, and other health professionals.

She is currently serving on two editorial boards:Performance Enhancement and Health, and Body Image.

 

 

Qualifications

  • PhD, Sydney University, Australia, 2007
  • B.Ed (PDHPE; Hons1), University of Wollongong, 2004
  • Grad Dip Higher Ed Teaching and Learning, La Trobe University, 2012

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 Ricciardelli, L. A., & Yager, Z. (160101). Adolescence and body image: From development to preventing dissatisfaction.

doi: 10.4324/9781315849379

Year Citation
2018 Damiano, S. R., Yager, Z., McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (181102). Achieving body confidence for young children: Development and pilot study of a universal teacher-led body image and weight stigma program for early primary school children. Eating Disorders, 26(6), (487-504).

doi: 10.1080/10640266.2018.1453630

2017 Yager, Z., Gray, T., Curry, C., & McLean, S. A. (170403). Body dissatisfaction, excessive exercise, and weight change strategies used by first-year undergraduate students: Comparing health and physical education and other education students. Journal of Eating Disorders, 5(1),

doi: 10.1186/s40337-016-0133-z

2016 Halliwell, E., Yager, Z., Paraskeva, N., Diedrichs, P. C., Smith, H., & White, P. (161201). Body Image in Primary Schools: A pilot evaluation of a primary school intervention program designed by teachers to improve children's body satisfaction. Body Image, 19 (133-141).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.09.002

2015 Franko, D. L., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Rodgers, R. F., Holmqvist, Gattario., Frisen, A., Diedrichs, P. C., Ricciardelli, L. A., Yager, Z., Smolak, L., & Thompson-Brenner, H. (150901). Internalization as a mediator of the relationship between conformity to masculine norms and body image attitudes and behaviors among young men in Sweden, US, UK, and Australia. Body Image, 15 (54-60).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.05.002

2014 Yager, Z., & O'Dea, J. A. (140327). 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

doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-11-13

2013 Yager, Z., Diedrichs, P. C., & Drummond, M. (130901). Understanding the role of gender in body image research settings: Participant gender preferences for researchers and co-participants in interviews, focus groups and interventions. Body Image, 10(4), (574-582).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.06.004

2013 Yager, Z., Diedrichs, P. C., Ricciardelli, L. A., & Halliwell, E. (130601). What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs. Body Image, 10(3), (271-281).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.04.001

2010 Yager, Z., & O'Dea, J. (101001). A controlled intervention to promote a healthy body image, reduce eating disorder risk and prevent excessive exercise among trainee health education and physical education teachers. Health Education Research, 25(5), (841-852).

doi: 10.1093/her/cyq036

2008 Yager, Z., & O'Dea, J. A. (080601). Prevention programs for body image and eating disorders on University campuses: A review of large, controlled interventions. Health Promotion International, 23(2), (173-189).

doi: 10.1093/heapro/dan004

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Women with a Disability as Leaders in Sport
From: Disability Sport and Recreation
Investigators: Aspr Clare Hanlon
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Building Children's Resilience through Respectful and Equitable Relationships Pilot Project Phase 2: Evaluating the Gender Equity and Respectful Relationships Program
From: City of Melbourne
Investigators: Prof Mindy Blaise
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Evaluation of the Respectful Relationships and Gender Equity Program.
From: City of Melbourne
Investigators: Prof Mindy Blaise
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
The 3D Project: Development and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Universal Program Addressing Three Interrelated Behavioural Influences on Doping Behaviour
From: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Investigators: Dr Sian Mclean
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed

Pilot evaluation of the original and modified versions of the athletes training and learning to avoid steroids (ATLAS) program among Australian adolscent boys.
From: Oregon Health and Science University
For period: 2014-2016
$25,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

I have supervised one PhD student to completion at La Trobe University.

Teaching activities & experience

Dr Yager is an expert in university teaching and learning, and curriculum renewal. Zali has taught a wide range of health and physical education focussed units in the Bachelor of Education and Master of Education (Secondary) at VU. She is not presently engaged in any teaching activities.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Oct 2013 - Jun 2015
International Coordinator for the College of Education
Victoria University
Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
Co-Head of Program for Initial Teacher Education
Victoria University
Nov 2017 - Dec 2018
Course Chair for the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 2013 -
Jun 2015
International Coordinator for the College of Education
Victoria University
Feb 2017 -
Feb 2018
Co-Head of Program for Initial Teacher Education
Victoria University
Nov 2017 -
Dec 2018
Course Chair for the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Victoria University

Awards

Year Award
2019

Visiting Fellowship - Creswick Foundation

2012

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Leverhulme Foundation

Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description
2016

Developing Body Image and Wellbeing in Primary Schools

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation [ACHPER] Primary School Professional development conference, Melbourne

2017

Supporting Evidence based appearance curriculum in school settings: A whole school approach

European Cooperation in Science and Technology [COST] Action IS1210 “Appearance Matters: Tackling the Physical and Psychological consequences of dissatisfaction with appearance”. Final conference, 21-23rd April 2017, Llublana, Slovenia.

2017

Bodies on the Brink

Mollie Campbell Smith Forum, hosted by RFT Tasmania and UTAS. 30-31st August 2017. Launceston and Hobart, Tasmania.