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Dr. Giampiero Tarantino

Research Fellow (Sociology)


Giampiero is a Research Fellow at the Trinity College Dublin, Department of Sociology. His current work involves the investigation of adolescents' digital maturity and wellbeing. He obtained a B.Sc. in Sports Science and Performance in 2014 followed by an M.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Science and Education in 2016 at the University of Pisa, Italy. After working as a PE teacher in Italian middle and secondary schools for three years, Giampiero received a scholarship for his PhD by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship scheme. He obtained the PhD in Inclusive Education in 2022 at University College Dublin. His research focused on the inclusion of children with disabilities in physical education classes. Alongside his activity as a researcher, Giampiero is also an Occasional Lecturer with UCD and an Adjunct Lecturer at TCD. He teaches `Research Methods for Sport' on the UCD BSc in Sport & Exercise Management, and `Applied Health Body System' at the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Trinity College Dublin. Giampiero is also a former rugby coach and strength and conditioning coach. He obtained his qualifications from the Italian Rugby Federation, and between 2010 and 2018, he was appointed as head coach and S&C coach in junior and senior rugby teams in Italy.
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Giampiero Tarantino, Kyriaki Makopoulou, Ross D Neville, Inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities in physical education: A systematic review and meta-analysis of teachers' attitudes, Educational Research Review, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Neville, R. D. Lakes, K. D. Hopkins, W. G. Tarantino, G. Draper, C. E. Beck, R. Madigan, S., Global Changes in Child and Adolescent Physical Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, JAMA Pediatrics, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Niranjan, Vikram Tarantino, Giampiero Kumar, Jaspal Cassidy, Nicola Galvin, Liam O"Dowd, Gemma Barnes, Tracy O"Neill, Finola Cullen, Matthew O"Connor, Ray O"Regan, Andrew, Dancing for Health and Wellbeing: A Feasibility Study of Examining Health Impacts of Online Dancing among Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, (20), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Niranjan, Vikram Tarantino, Giampiero Kumar, Jaspal Stokes, Diarmuid O"Connor, Ray O"Regan, Andrew, The Impact of Dance Interventions on Patients with Noninfectious Pulmonary Diseases: A Systematic Review, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Brien, Wesley. Khodaverdi, Z. Bolger, Lisa. Tarantino, Giampiero. Philpott, Conor. Neville, Ross. D., The Assessment of Functional Movement in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Sports Medicine, 52, (1), 2021, p37 - 53, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Valli, Giacomo Minnock, Dean Tarantino, Giampiero Neville, Ross D, Delayed effect of different exercise modalities on glycaemic control in type 1 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 31, (3), 2021, p705 - 716, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI


Giampiero's primary research interest regards Inclusive Physical Education. He obtained a PhD in Inclusive Physical Education, which aimed to investigate the factors that influence teachers" attitudes towards the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities in physical education classes. His research interests also embrace Sports Studies, with an emphasis on children with and without disabilities. As a former rugby player and qualified coach of junior teams, he has always deemed sport and physical activity to be a valuable source of education and he has constantly promoted the importance of sports activities among children and adolescents through research. Giampiero's last research interest is the meta-science, namely systematic review and meta-analysis. He has collaborated with well-established researchers worldwide in producing and synthesising research evidence through systematic reviews and meta-analyses.