Edson Filho

Associate Professor

Edson Filho

Dr. Edson Filho is an associate professor of sport, exercise & performance psychology at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. His research centers on human excellence and performance optimization at both the individual and group levels of analyses.

Dr. Filho has authored over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the field of sport, exercise, and performance psychology, and has received numerous research fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and the American Psychological Association Dissertation Award in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He has also worked as a consultant for elite international, college, and amateur athletes.

Dr. Filho is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the sport psychology registry of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

PhD, Sport Psychology, Florida State University

MS, Sports Training, University Federal of Minas Gerais

BS, Physical Education, University Federal of Minas Gerais

CE 650: Counseling Skills and Techniques for Sport and Exercise Psychology

DS 700: Advanced Seminar in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Dr. Edson Filho is interested in the psychophysiological markers of peak performance, particularly on flow-feeling experiences and the individual zones of optimal functioning framework. Dr. Filho is also interested in the study of high-performing teams, particularly on how cohesion, team mental models, collective efficacy, and intra-team psychophysiological rhythms influence team performance.

Filho, E. (in press). Shared Zones of Optimal Functioning (SZOF): A framework to capture peak performance, momentum, psycho-bio-social synchrony and leader-follower dynamics in teams. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Hoyle, B., Taylor, J., Zugic, L., & Filho, E. (in press). Coordination cost and super-efficiency trade-off in teamwork: The role of communication, psychological states, cardiovascular responses, and brain rhythms. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Filho, E., & Tenenbaum, G. (2020). Team mental models: Theory, empirical evidence, and applied implications. In G. Tenenbaum, & R. C. Eklund. (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology (4th ed., pp. 611-631). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Filho, E. (2019). Team dynamics theory: Nomological network among cohesion, team mental models, coordination, and collective efficacy. Sport Sciences for Health, 15, 1-20.

Leo, F. M., González-Ponce, I., García-Calvo, T., Sánchez-Oliva, D., & Filho, E. (2019). The relationship among cohesion, transactive memory systems, and collective efficacy in professional soccer teams: A multilevel structural equation analysis. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 23, 44-56.

Filho, E., & Rettig, J. (2018). The road to victory in the UEFA women’s Champions League: A multi-level analysis of successful coaches, teams, and countries. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 39, 132-146.

Filho, E., & Rettig, J. (2018). Team coordination in high-risk circus acrobatics. Interaction Studies, 19, 500-519.

Filho, E., Pierini, D., Robazza, C., Tenenbaum, G., & Bertollo, M. (2017). Shared mental models and intra-team psychophysiological patterns: a test of the juggling paradigm. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35, 112-123.

Bertollo, M., Di Fronso, S., Filho, E., Conforto, S., Schmid, M., Bortoli, L., Comani, S., & Robazza, C. (2016). Proficient brain for optimal performance: the MAP model perspective. PeerJ, 1-26.

Di Fronso, S., Robazza, C., Filho, E., Bortoli, L., Comani, S., & Bertollo, M. (2016). Neural markers of performance states in an Olympic athlete: An EEG case study in air-pistol shooting. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 15, 214-222.

Filho, E., Aubertin, P., & Petiot, B. (2016). The making of expert performers at Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School: A performance enhancement outlook. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 7, 68-79.

Filho, E., Bertollo, M., Tamburro, G., Schinaia, L., Chatel-Goldman, J., Di Fronso, S., Robazza, C., & Comani, S. (2016). Hyperbrain features of team mental models within a juggling paradigm: a proof of concept. PeerJ, 1-38.

Filho, E., & Rettig, J. (2016). Intergroup conflict management strategies from a Nobel Peace Laureate: The case of José Ramos-Horta. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38, 351-361.

Robazza, C., Bertollo, M., Filho, E., Hanin, Y., & Bortoli, L. (2016). Perceived control and hedonic tone dynamics during performance in elite shooters. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 87, 284-294.

Filho, E., Bertollo, M., Robazza, C., & Comani, S. (2015). The juggling paradigm: a novel social neuroscience approach to identify neuropsychophysiological markers of team mental models. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-6.

Filho, E., Di Fronso, S., Forzini, F., Murgia, M., Agostini, T., Bortoli, L., Robazza, C., & Bertollo, M. (2015). Athletic performance and recovery-stress factors in cycling: An ever changing balance. European Journal of Sport Science, 15, 671-680.

Filho, E., Di Fronso, S., Mazzoni, C., Robazza, C., Bortoli, L., & Bertollo, M. (2015). My heart is racing! Psychophysiological dynamics of skilled racecar drivers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 945-959.

Filho, E., Tenenbaum, G., & Yang, Y. (2015). Cohesion, team mental models, and collective efficacy: towards an integrated framework of team dynamics in sport. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 641-653.

Filho, E., Dobersek, U., Gershgoren, L., Becker, B., & Tenenbaum, G. (2014). The cohesion-performance relationship in sport: a 10-year retrospective meta-analysis. Sport Sciences for Health, 10, 165-177.

Tenenbaum, G., Basevitch, I., Gershgoren, L., & Filho, E. (2013). Emotions-decision-making in sport: Theoretical conceptualization and experimental evidence. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11, 151-168.

View all profiles