Zelli Arnaldo

Ruolo Accademico: 

Professore Ordinario

Area Scientifica: 


(SSD) Settore Scientifico Disciplinare: 



Presidente Nucleo di Valutazione di Ateneo
Componente Presidio Qualità di Ateneo

Dipartimento di Scienze Motorie Umane e della Salute - Sezione: 

Scienze Umane e Sociali


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

Tel. +39.0636733.368


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Italian psychologist and currently Full Professor of Psychology at the Rome University of Sport and Movement Sciences, with teaching and research background in the fields of social and personality psychology. A Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Illinois (USA) in the early 90’s, he is interested in belief systems and social judgment processes that may account for differences in social behavior and sport performance. He studies how socializing forces or experiences regulate characteristic ways people think and organize their actions. He has recently been one of the leading scholars in a research program on doping substance use conducted in Italian individual and team sport contexts. His current teaching activities include courses in “Introductory Psychology”, “Organizational Psychology”, “Health Psychology” and “Statistics in Behavioral Sciences”. Past professional appointments have included the positions of Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford Institute of Public Policy Studies (Duke University, USA), and of Research Associate at Vanderbilt University's department of psychology and human development (USA). He also conducted research at the University of Illinois' Prevention Research Center, Institute of Juvenile Research, and Department of Psychology.

Curriculum Scientifico: 

Lucidi, F., Zelli, A., Mallia, L. (2013). The contribution of moral disengagement to adolescents’ use of doping substances. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44: 331-350. DOI: 10.7352/IJSP 2013.00.000.
Zelli, A., Lucidi, F., Mallia, L., Giannini A.M., Sgalla R. (2013). Adolescents’ Legality Representations and Crime Reporting. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19 (4), 345-370. ISSN: 1068-316X. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.639770.
Mallia, L., Lucidi, F., Zelli, A., Violani C. (2013). Doping attitudes and the use of legal and illegal performance-enhancing substances among Italian adolescents. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22(3), 179-190. DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2012.733579.
Putnick Dl, Bornstein Mh, Lansford Je, Chang L, Deater-Deckard K, Di Giunta L, Gurdal S, Dodge Ka, Malone Ps, Oburu P, Pastorelli C, Skinner At, Sorbring E, Tapanya S, Uribe Tirado Lm, Zelli A, Alampay Lp, Al-Hassan Sm, Bacchini D, Bombi As (2012). Agreement in mother and father acceptance-rejection, warmth, and hostility/rejection/neglect of children across nine countries. Cross- Cultural Research. 46(3), 191-223
Zelli, A., Mallia, L., Lucidi, F. (2010). The contribution of interpersonal appraisals to a social-cognitive analysis of adolescents' doping use. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11, 304-311.