Dr Dean Dudley

BHSc, GradDipEd(Sec), CAEL, MEd(Research), PhD
Honorary Associate Professor
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Education Building A35 / 328
The University of Sydney

Dean Dudley 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 UNESCO's International Bureau of Education.

Dr Dudley has held numerous funded grants, totalling more than $3.0M in research grants and contracts as a principal Investigator. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications since 2010. Dr Dudley has a multidisciplinary program of research but he is broadly 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 recognised for his work in physical education, learning assessment, pedagogy, and physical literacy. 

Finalist in Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact for Physical Literacy in Australia: a journey from research to community impact, Engagement Australia Excellence Awards 2021
Best Overall Secondary Resource, Educational Publishing Awards Australia, 2021
Best Print Junior Secondary Teaching and Learning Resource, Educational Publishing Awards Australia, 2021
Exemplary Paper Award, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2019
Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Translation Award, 2019
Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Educational Publishing Award for Early Career Researchers, 2016
Beth Southwell Award for Most Outstanding NSW Educational Doctoral Thesis, NSW Institute for Educational Research, 2012

  • Associate Professor (Health and Physical Education), Macquarie School of Education, Macquarie University
  • Honorary Associate Professor, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland
  • National Research Advisory Committee, Surf Life Saving Australia

  • Dudley, D., Telford, A., Peralta, L., Stonehouse, C., & Winslade, M. (2020) Teaching Quality Health and Physical Education (2nd Ed). Cengage: Melbourne.
  • Dudley, D., Telford, A., Peralta, L., Stonehouse, C., & Winslade, M. (2018) Teaching Quality Health and Physical Education. Cengage: Melbourne.

Selected Book Chapters
  • Dudley, D., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., Cairney, J., Schaefer, L., & Murfay, K. (2020). Physical Activity Interventions in Physical Education. In D. Brusseau, S. Fairclough, & D. Lubans (Ed), Handbook of Physical Activity Interventions: London, UK: Routledge.

Selected Journal Articles
  • Dudley, D., & Cairney, J. (2023). How the lack of content validity in the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy is undermining Quality Physical Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. 42(4), 647-654. 
  • Dudley, D., Mackenzie, E., Van Bergen, P., Cairney, J., & Barnett, L. (2022). What drives Quality Physical Education? A systematic review and meta-analysis of learning effects of physical education-based interventions. Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 799330 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.799330
  • Peralta, L., Cotton, W., Dudley, D., Hardy, L., Yager, Z., & Prichard, I. (2021). "Group-based physical activity interventions for postpartum women with children aged 0-5 years old: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials." BMC Women’s Health. 21: 435. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01581-1
  • Dudley, D., &Burden, R. (2020). What effect does increasing the percentage of curriculum allocation of physical education have on learning outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Physical Education Review, 26(1): 85-100
  • Peralta, L., Werkhoven, T,. Cotton, W., & Dudley, D.(2020). "Professional Development for Elementary School Teachers in Nutrition Education: A Content Synthesis of 23 Initiatives." Health Behavior and Policy Review,  7(5): 374–6. https://doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.7.5.1.
  • Cotton, W., Dudley, D., Peralta, L., & Werkhoven, T. (2020). "The effect of teacher-delivered nutrition education programs on elementary-aged students: An updated systematic review and meta-analyses." Preventive Medicine Reports 20: 101178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101178
  • Dudley, D. Cotton, W., Peralta, L., & Winslade, W. (2018). "Playground activities and gender variation of objectively measured physical activity intensity in Australian primary school children: a repeated measures study." BMC Public Health 18(1101), 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6005-5
  • Werkhoven, T., Cotton, W., & Dudley, D. (2018). "Australian tertiary students’ attitudes towards youth obesity in educational institutions." European Physical Education Review 24(2) p.181-193. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X16675774
  • Dudley, D. Cotton, W., Peralta, L., & Winslade, W. (2018). "A stepped-wedge implementation and evaluation of the Healthy Active Peaceful Playgrounds for Youth (HAPPY) intervention." BMC Public Health 18(532), 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5397-6
  • Cotton, W., Dudley, D., Jackson, K., Winslade, M., & Atkin, J. (2017). "Rationale and protocol paper for the Healthy Active Peaceful Playgrounds for Youth (HAPPY) study. BMC Public Health 17:520. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4445-y.
  • Peralta, L., Rowling, L., Samdal, O, Nutbeam, D., Hipkins, R., & Dudley, D. (2017). Conceptualising a new approach to adolescent health literacy. Health Education 76(7): 787-801. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896917714812