Dean Alan Dudley


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Dr. Dean Dudley is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Health and Physical Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is a 2012 Churchill Fellow and was an Expert Consultant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policy Makers (2015) and the Kazan Action Plan ratified at MINEPS VI in 2017. In 2018, Dr Dudley was appointed as an Independent Specialist in Health and Physical Education by the International Bureau of Education/UNESCO.

Dr. Dudley has held numerous funded grants, totalling more than $800K in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2010. He currently serves on the editorial board of BMC Public Health and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. Dr. Dudley has a multidisciplinary program of research, involving physical literacy, school-health, learning assessment, physical activity, and nutrition. Broadly, he is interested in the association between health and education, with a specific interest in the role that learning plays in the health and quality of life of children. Internationally, he is recognized for his work in physical education, pedagogy, and physical literacy. In 2018, he was appointed as an Affiliated Scientist of the INCH lab at the University of Toronto (Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education) and McMaster University (Family Medicine).

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Projects 2014 2018

Evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of an intervention to support primary schools in NSW who are part of the SunSmart Program

Dudley, D., Winslade, M., Cotton, W., Drinkwater, E., Tribolet, K. & Wright, B.


Project: Research

Practice Guidelines
Healthy Diet

Research Outputs 2008 2019

A brief history of physical literacy in Australia

Keegan, R. J., Dudley, D. & Barnett, L., 2019, Physical literacy across the world. Whitehead, M. (ed.). London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 105-124 20 p. (Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

A meta-analysis of reading-level match dyslexia studies in consistent alphabetic orthographies

Parrila, R., Dudley, D., Song, S. & Georgiou, G. K., 30 Oct 2019, In : Annals of Dyslexia. 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Defining physical literacy for application in Australia: a modified Delphi method

Keegan, R., Barnett, L., Dudley, D., Telford, R. D., Lubans, D. R., Bryant, A. S., Roberts, W. M., Morgan, P. J., Schranz, N. K., Weissensteiner, J. R., Vella, S. A., Salmon, J., Ziviani, J., Okely, A. D., Wainwright, N. & Evans, J. R., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. 38, 2, p. 105-118 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Martial Arts
Self Efficacy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Mental Health

Do the benefits of participation in sport and exercise outweigh the negatives? An academic review

Mills, K., Dudley, D. & Collins, N. J., 21 Feb 2019, In : Best Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology. 33, 1, p. 172-187 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Health Promotion
Mental Health

Press / Media


Australian Sports Commission - Physical Literacy Policy

Dean Alan Dudley (Participant)

Impact: Cultural impacts, Public policy impacts, Quality of life impacts

UNESCO - Kazan Action Plan

Dean Alan Dudley (Participant)

Impact: Public policy impacts, Cultural impacts, Quality of life impacts