Edson Filho

Associate Professor

Dr. Edson Filho is an Associate Professor of Sport Psychology and Counseling in the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. His research agenda 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 & Performance Psychology. Dr. Filho has also worked as a consultant for elite international, college and amateur athletes. He 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.

Ph.D., Sport Psychology, Florida State University

M.S., Sports Training, University Federal of Minas Gerais

B.S., 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.

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