Pesce Caterina

Ruolo Accademico: 

Professore Associato

Area Scientifica: 

Discipline Motorie e Sportive

(SSD) Settore Scientifico Disciplinare: 


Dipartimento di Scienze Motorie Umane e della Salute - Sezione: 

Movimento Umano e dello Sport


Università di Roma "Foro Italico" Piazza L. de Bosis 6, 00135,


per appuntamento


Caterina Pesce is graduate in Physical Education (Superior Institute of Physical Education of Rome), degree in Movement and Sport Sciences (University Institute of Movement Sciences of Rome), master of Psychology (University ”La Sapienza” of Rome), and PhD in Philosophy (Free University of Berlin). Currently associate professor in Methods and Techniques in Movement and Sport, faculty member of the doctoral program in Sports and Physical Activity Sciences and Ergonomics, member of the Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences of the Italian University Sport and Movement, and founding member of the Italian Society of Movement and Sports Sciences. She contributed to research across the lifespan and in skilled athletes in the areas of sport and exercise psychology and physical education, with focus on exercise and cognition, rise and fall of motor coordination and enhanced physical education. Her editorial activity includes (co)authorship of international and national articles, co-authorship of books (one published by Wiley-Blackwell and two forthcoming by Elsevier and Human Kinetics). She is on the editorial board of the JSEP and associate editor of the JAPA.

Curriculum Scientifico: 

Pesce, C. (2012). Shifting the focus from quantitative to qualitative exercise characteristics in exercise and cognition research. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, 766 – 786.
Berchicci, M., Lucci, G., Pesce, C., Spinelli, D., & Di Russo, F. (2012). Prefrontal hyperactivity in older people during motor planning. Neuroimage, 62, 1750-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.06.031
Forte, R., Boreham C.A.G., Costa Leite J., Ditroilo M., Brennan L., Gibney E. De Vito G., & Pesce C. (2013). Enhancing cognitive functioning in the elderly: multicomponent vs. resistance training. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 8, 19-27.
Pesce, C., Crova, C., Marchetti, M., Struzzolino, I., Masci, I., Vannozzi, G., Forte, R. (2013). Searching for cognitively optimal challenge point in physical activity for children with typical and atypical motor development. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6, 172-180.
Crova, C., Struzzolino, I., Marchetti, R., Masci, I., Vannozzi, G., Forte, R., & Pesce, C. (2014). Benefits of cognitively challenging physical activity in overweight children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, 201-211.
Tomporowski, P., McCullick, B., & Pesce, C. (in press January 2015). Enhancing children’s cognition with physical activity games. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Tomporowski, P., McCullick, B., Pendleton, D.M., & Pesce, C. (in press). Exercise and children’s cognition: The role of task factors and a place for metacognition. Journal of Sport and Health Science.