Francesca Vitali is currently Assistant Professor at University of Verona, Italy, where she has been for the last 6 years.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Methodology of research in psychology in 2003 at the University of Genoa, Italy.
She has been teaching Sport and Exercise Psychology for ten years at the Course of Bachelor in Sport Sciences, University of Genoa.
In 2014 she won a Research Grant and she started collaborating with CeRiSM
(Centre of Research in Sport, Mountain and Health), University of Verona.
She has published/in press several research articles and book chapters. Her major research agenda has been on the (1) motivational processes and prevention of youth dropout from sports. Her research has been predominately on understanding the personal and situational determinants of burnout in youth sports in the frame of the Achievement Goal Theory. Additional lines of her research are on the (2) psychosocial benefits of sport and physical activity for people with and without disabilities; (3) motivational processes in Physical Education; (4) psychological aspects in injury recovery; (5) supporting student-athlete dual career; (6) attentive strategies that optimize performance in endurance sports.
Since 2017 she is Research Partner of the co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union project Be a Winner In Elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement
Furthermore, she is currently the Editor for the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dello Sport
(Italian Journal of Sport Psychology), the official journal of Associazione Italiana Psicologia dello Sport e dell'esercizio
(AIPS, Italian Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology).
She chaired the XXth AIPS 2014 National Congress
which has been held in Rovereto, Italy. She co-chaired the XXIth AIPS 2016 National Congress
which has been held in Bologna, Italy. From 2014 to 2016 she has been the National President of Associazione Italiana Psicologia dello Sport e dell'esercizio
She has been from 2002 to 2008 the Sport Psychologist of the Italian Olympic Youth National Team of Shooting. She has been the Sport psychologist of Trentino's Junior cross country skiing Team from 2012 to 2014. She collaborates as expert with several Schools of Sport of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). Since 2017 she is responsible of the Study Center and relations with the Universities for Assist - Female Athletes National Association