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Eliana V. Carraça

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Eliana V. Carraça

Post-Doctoral Fellow
 
1. DEGREES
· PhD Sport Sciences: Health and Fitness (Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, 2012)
· MSc Exercise and Health (Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, 2009)
· Sport Sciences Specialist (Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, 2004)

2. RESEARCH INTERESTS
· Exercise and Health (FMH)

General Research Area:
· Physical Activity, Eating Self-Regulation, Body Image, and Obesity

Research Lines:
· Shared self-regulatory processes underlying weight-related behaviors (physical activity and eating behavior)
· Body Image in the context of obesity and weight loss treatment
· Predictors of success in behavioral weight management
 

3. BRIEF BIO

Current Research Projects
· The Role of Body Image and Physical Self-Perception in the Context of Physical Activity Promotion and Obesity Treatment in Women (project ended July 2012)

· Public Key (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) J0227588YG7

Work Experience

· 2009-today: Graduate Research Fellow, Exercise & Health Laboratory, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2009-today: Collaboration in the lecturing of "Nutrition, Obesity, and Weight Control", third-year course of the bachelors degree in Sport Sciences, under the regency of Pedro J. Teixeira PhD, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2006-2008: Junior Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2005-2008: In-house Supervising Professor, Academic training and professionalization as PE teacher, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2005-2008: Research Fellow, Exercise & Health Laboratory, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2005-2006: Lecturer, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2004-2005: Fitness and Wellness Specialist, Solplay Family Health Club, Oeiras, Portugal

· 2004-2005: Physical Education Teacher, Numb.17 Prof. José Salvado Sampaio 1-Basic School, Lisbon, Portugal

· 2003-2004: Physical Education Teacher, Eugénio dos Santos 2,3-Basic School, Lisbon, Portugal

Academic Background

· 2012: PhD in Health and Fitness - Thesis: The role of body image in the context of obesity treatment and associated behaviors in women. Thesis Advisor: Pedro J. Teixeira PhD, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2009: MSc in Exercise and Health - Thesis: História da atividade física, do peso e das tentativas de perda de peso: Associação com o sucesso na adesão à atividade física e perda de peso em mulheres com excesso de peso ou obesidade. Thesis Advisor: Pedro J. Teixeira PhD, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2008: Training internship in advanced research skills - Supervisor: David Markland. School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, Wales

· 2004: BS in Sport Sciences, Proficiency in Physical Education and Scholar Sport. Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

· 2003-2004: Academic training and professionalization as PE teacher. Eugénio dos Santos 2,3-Basic School, Lisbon, Portugal

 

4. PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

  1. Williams, G., Teixeira, P.J., Carraça, E.V., Resnicow, K. Physical wellness, health care, and personal autonomy. In Chirkov, V.I., Ryan, R.M., & and Sheldon, K.M. (Eds.). Personal Autonomy in Cultural Contexts: Global Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and People's Well-Being. Springer, US (2011).

Peer-reviewed articles published or in press

  1. Teixeira, P.J., Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N.,Markland, D., Ryan, R. Exercise, Physical Activity, and Self-Determination Theory: A systematic Review (in press).

  2. Carraça, E.V., Markland, D., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.M., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. Physical Activity Predicts Changes in Body Image during Obesity Treatment in Women (Epub ahead of print).

  3. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Markland, D., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2011). Body image change and improved eating self-regulation in a weight management intervention in women. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 8:75-86.

  4. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Teixeira, P.J. (2011). Dysfunctional Body Investment versus Body Dissatisfaction: Associations with Psychological Well-Being and Mediation by Controlled Regulation for Obesity Treatment. Motivation and Emotion 35:423-434.

  5. Silva M.N., Markland D., Carraça, E.V., Vieira P.N., Coutinho S.R., Minderico, C.S., Matos, M.G., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2011). Exercise autonomous motivation predicts 3-year weight loss in women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43:728-737.

  6. Silva M.N., Markland D., Vieira P.N., Coutinho S.R., Palmeira A.L., Carraça E.V., Minderico, C.S., Matos, M.G., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2010). Helping overweight women become more active: need support and motivational regulations for different forms of physical activity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 11: 591-601.

  7. Teixeira, P.J., Silva, M.N., Kiernan, M., Coutinho, S.R., Palmeira, A.L., Mata, J., Vieira, P.N., Carraça, E.V., Santos, T.C., Sardinha, L.B. (2010). Mediators of weight loss and weight loss maintenance in middle-aged women. Obesity (Silver Spring) 18:725-35.

  8. Mata, J., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Carraça, E.V., Coutinho, S.R., Andrade, A.M., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Motivational spill-over during Weight Control: Increased self-determination and exercise intrinsic motivation predict eating self-regulation. Health Psychology 28(6): 709-16.

Articles in review / preparation

  1. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.M., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. The association between physical activity and eating self-regulation in overweight and obese women (submitted).

Published Abstracts

  1. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Markland, D., Teixeira, P.J. (2012). Self-determination and long-term exercise adherence. In Simpósio/Symposium: “Getting the Chronically Inactive off the Couch: Does Theory Work?”. Medicine and Sciences in Sports and Exercise 44:S379.

  2. Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2012). Body image enhancement mediates 12- and 36-month positive changes in body weight and psychological well-being in women undergoing obesity treatment. Obesity Facts 5 (supp. 1):217.

  3. Carraça, E.V., Tomás, R., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2011). Baseline behavioral and psychosocial predictors of attrition and long-term weight loss in a weight management program for overweight and obese women. Obesity Reviews 12 (supp.1):240.

  4. Carraça E.V., Silva M.N., Coutinho S.R., Vieira P.N., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2010). The Role of Improved body image mediates the effects of a behavioral weight loss intervention on the eating self-regulation of overweight and obese women. Obesity Reviews, 11 (suppl.1):300.

  5. Silva M.N., Vieira P.N., Coutinho S.R., Carraça E.V., Santos, T., Markland, D., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2010). Autonomous motivation for exercise, exercise levels, and 3-year weight change: results from a randomized controlled intervention. Obesity Reviews, 11 (suppl.1):224.

  6. Teixeira, P.J., Mata, J., Palmeira, A.L., Silva M.N., Vieira P.N., Carraça, E.V., Sardinha L.B. (2010). Psychologycal predictors of weight gain. Obesity Reviews, 11 (suppl.1):17.

  7. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2010). Alterações da imagem corporal e comportamento alimentar durante uma intervenção de controlo ponderal. Endocrinologia, Diabetes & Obesidade, 4(4):248.

  8. Carraça E.V., Silva M.N., Coutinho s.R., Vieira P.N., Palmeira A.L., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. The (2009). Role of Personality Causality Orientations in Overweight Women Seeking Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment. Obesity 17 (Supp 2): S273.

  9. Silva M.N.; Markland, D; Vieira P.N., Coutinho S.R., Palmeira A.L., Carraça E.V., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2009). Mediators of Different Types of Physical Activity During Behavioral Obesity Treatment. Obesity 17 (Supp 2): S273.

  10. Vieira P.N., Silva M.N., Andrade A.M., Carraça, E.V., Santos T.C., Sardinha L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). The Portuguese Weight Control Registry: Study Description and Initial Data. Obesity 17 (Supp 2): S314.

  11. Andrade, A.M., Silva, M.N., Carraça, E.V., Mata, J., Coutinho, S.R., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). The effect of lifestyle physical activity on weight change is mediated by improved eating self-regulation. The 8th Annual Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity ISBNPA. FMH Edições Lisbon, Portugal.

  12. Carraça, E.V., Markland, D., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Relationships between body image, exercise behavioural regulations, and moderate and vigorous physical activity, in a weight management intervention in women. The 8th Annual Conferenceof the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity ISBNPA. FMH Edições Lisbon, Portugal.

  13. Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Carraça, E.V., Palmeira, A., Coutinho, S.R., Santos, T., Sardinha, L.B. e Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Promoting autonomy and intrinsic motivation for physical activity in overweight and obese women. The 8th Annual Conferenceof the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity ISBNPA. FMH Edições Lisbon, Portugal.

  14. Andrade, A.M., Coutinho, S.R., Silva, M.N., Carraça, E.V., Mata, J., Sardinha, L.B., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Eating self-regulation mediates the association of physical activity with weight change during weight change during weight management in women. The European Journal of Obesity 2 (Supp 2): 212.

  15. Carraça, E.V., Markland, D., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Coutinho, S.R., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Autonomous vs. Controlled regulation mediates the relationship between body image and psychological well-being in overweight and obese women. The European Journal of Obesity 2 (Supp 2): 242.

  16. Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Coutinho, S.R., Palmeira, A.L., Carraça. E.V., Mata, J., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Self-Determination and Exercise Intrinsic Motivation as Mediators of Physical Activity During a Weight Loss Program: One-Year Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. The European Journal of Obesity 2 (Supp 2): 29.

  17. Carraça EV, Silva MN, Vieira PN, Coutinho SR, Castro MM, Minderico CS & Teixeira PJ.(2008). Associations of Body Image with Obesity Level and With 12-Month Weight Change During a 12-Month Behavioral Weight Management Program in Women. Obesity 16 (Supp 1): S159.

  18. Carraça, E., Teixeira, P.J., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Castro, M.M., Coutinho, S.C., Santos, T.C., Sardinha, L.B. (2008). Lifetime participation in physical activity: does it predict exercise adherence during behavioral obesity treatment in women? European College of Sport Science, 286.

  19. Teixeira, P.J.,Silva. M.N., Vieira, P.N., Coutinho, S.R., Carraça, E.V., Santos, T.C., Sardinha, L.B. (2008). Does it pay off to promote autonomy and intrinsic motivation during behavioral weight control? Results from a randomized controlled trial in women. Obesity 16 (Supp 1): S310.

  20. Carraça E, Teixeira P, Silva M, Vieira P, Castro M, Coutinho S, Santos T, Sardinha L. (2008) Physical Activity and Exercise History: Associations with Success in a Weight Management Program for Overweight and Obese Women. International Journal of Obesity 32 (Sup. 1): S171.

  21. Tomás RA, Teixeira PJ, Silva MN, Vieira PN, Santos TC, Minderico CS, Castro MC, Coutinho SR, Marcelino M, Carraça E, Sardinha LB. (2008) Body image and quality of life predict success in a 12-month weight control program. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 40 (5): S84.

  22. Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J., Going, S.B., Tomás, R., Carraça, E., Silva, M.N., Palmeira, A.L., and Lohman, T.G. (2007). Predictors of successful weight control: cross-cultural moderators of treatment outcomes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 39 (5) Suppl: S161.

  23. Teixeira, P.J., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S., Castro, M.M., Carraça, E., Marcelino, M., Susana, A., Santos, T. and Sardinha, L.B. (2007). A new randomized controlled trial for obesity treatment based on self-determination theory and motivational interviewing: intervention description. International Journal of Obesity 31(suppl.): S159.

  24. Carraça. E.V., Teixeira, P.J., Vieira, P.N., Silva, M.N., Castro, M.M., Meyer, N.L., Sardinha, L.B. (2007). História da Actividade Física e Exercício: associação com o sucesso num programa de controlo ponderal em mulheres com excesso de peso. Endocrinologia, Diabetes & Obesidade 1: 34.

  25. Carraça E.V., Teixeira P.J., Silva M.N., Minderico C.S., Vieira P.N., Marcelino M.A., Meyer N.L. e Sardinha, L.B. (2006). Associações entre história do peso e tentativas anteriores de perda de peso e o sucesso num programa de controlo de peso em mulheres com excesso de peso ou obesidade. Endocrinologia, Metabolismo & Nutrição 16: 268.

  26. Marcelino M.A., Teixeira P.J., Silva M.N., Minderico C.S., Vieira P.N., Castro M.M., Carraça E.V., Meyer N.L. e Sardinha, L.B. (2006). Associação entre o exercício físico auto-relatado e a perda de peso em mulheres num programa de controlo de peso. Endocrinologia, Metabolismo & Nutrição 16:259.

  27. Silva. M.N., Teixeira, P.J., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S., Castro, M.M., Coutinho, S., Carraça, E. Marcelino, M., Santos, T., Sardinha L.B. (2006). Programa P.E.S.O. - Promoção do Exercício e Saúde na Obesidade: Metodologia e Descrição da Intervenção. Endocrinologia, Diabetes e Obesidade, 1:17-30.

Other Publications

  1. Silva, M.N., Santos, T.C., Coutinho, S.R., Marcelino, M.S., Vieira, P.N., Tomás, R.A., Carraça, E.V., Minderico, C.S., Sardinha, L.B. e Teixeira, P.J. (2009). O Programa “PESO COMUNITÁRIO”. Comportamento Alimentar 6 (12): 1-12.

Oral Communications in Scientific Conferences

  1. Alterações na atividade física, no comportamento alimentar e na imagem corporal em mulheres com excesso de peso: Uma inter-regulação? In Simpósio/Symposium: Quem consegue perder peso e porquê? Preditores de sucesso em mulheres portuguesas com excesso de peso. In 9º Congresso Nacional de Psicologia da Saúde. Aveiro, Portugal, 2012.

  2. Imagem Corporal, Atividade Física e Comportamento Alimentar: Influências Regulatórias. In Simpósio/Symposium: Força de vontade vs. Vontade Própria no comportamento alimentar e gestão do peso. In 15º Congresso Português de Obesidade. Coimbra, Portugal, 2011.

  3. Alterações da imagem corporal e comportamento alimentar durante uma intervenção de controlo ponderal. In 14º Congresso Português de Obesidade. Porto, Portugal, 2010.

  4. O papel da regulação externa na imagem corporal e regulação do comportamento alimentar. In Simpósio/Symposium: “Diga-me o que fazer...!: A regulação externa e a motivação para a alimentação e exercício físico”. In 13º Congresso Português de Obesidade. Vilamoura, Portugal, 2009.

  5. Relationships between body image, exercise behavioral regulations, and moderate and vigorous physical activity, in a weight management intervention in women. In The 8th Annual Meeting of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Cascais, Portugal, 2009. Nominated for best oral communication in the student category.

  6. Previous Weight Loss Attempts: Associations with Self-Determination and Body Image in Overweight and Obese Women. In The 7th Annual Meeting of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Banff, Canada, 2008.

  7. Lifetime Participation in Physical Activity: Does it Predict Exercise Adherence During Behavioral Obesity Treatment in Women? In The 13th Annual Congress of European College of Sport Science. Estoril, Portugal, 2008.

  8. História da Actividade Física e Exercício: Associação com o Sucesso Num Programa de Controlo Ponderal em Mulheres com Excesso de Peso. In XI Congresso da Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo da Obesidade. Estoril, Portugal, 2007.

  9. Associações entre a história do peso e das tentativas de perda de peso e o sucesso num programa de controlo de peso em mulheres com excesso de peso ou obesidade. In X Congresso da Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo da Obesidade. Porto, Portugal, 2006

Oral Communications in Scientific Conferences

  1. Self-determination and long-term exercise adherence. In Simpósio/Symposium: “Getting the Chronically Inactive off the Couch: Does Theory Work?”. In ACSM's 59th Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine. San Francisco, US, 2012.

  2. Atividade Física e apetite. In Mesa Redonda: “Atividade física no atleta e no obeso”. In XI Congresso de Nutrição e Alimentação. Porto, Portugal, 2012.

  3. A Influência do Exercício e da Imagem Corporal. In Simpósio/Symposium: A (Des) Regulação do Apetite. Congresso Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação. Porto, Portugal, 2009

Other Communications (Poster)

  1. Body image enhancement mediates 12- and 36-month positive changes in body weight and psychological well-being in women undergoing obesity treatment. In The 19th European Congress of Obesity. Lyon, France, 2012. Selected for poster-guided session.

  2. Baseline behavioral and psychosocial predictors of attrition and long-term weight loss in a weight management program for overweight and obese women. In The 18th European Congress of Obesity. Istambul, Turkey, 2011.

  3. The Role of Improved body image mediates the effects of a behavioral weight loss intervention on the eating self-regulation of overweight and obese women. In XI International Congress on Obesity. Stockholm, Sweden, 2010. Nominated for best poster presentation.

  4. The Role of Personality Causality Orientations in Overweight Women Seeking Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment. In The 4th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory. Gent, Belgium, 2010.

  5. The Role of Personality Causality Orientations in Overweight Women Seeking Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment. In The 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society. Washington, USA, 2009.

  6. Autonomous vs. controlled regulation mediates the relationship between body image and psychological well-being in overweight and obese women. In The 17th European Congress of Obesity. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009.

  7. Associations of Body Image with Obesity Level and With 12-Month Weight Change During a 12-Month Behavioral Weight Management Program in Women. In The 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society. Phoenix, USA, 2008.

  8. Physical Activity and Exercise History: Associations with Success in a Weight Management Program for Overweight and Obese Women. In The 16th European Congress of Obesity. Geneva, Switzerland, 2008.

  9. Weight History and Previous Dieting: associations with success in a weight management program for overweight and obese women. In The 6th Annual Meeting of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Oslo, Norway, 2007.