Overview of Research Program
Motivational and self-regulatory determinants of health-related behaviors such as physical activity, healthy eating, nature immersion and contemplative practices.
The association of physical activity and physical fitness with mental health, with an emphasis on determinants and mechanisms underlying depressive symptomatology
Behavior change interventions with an impact on health and well-being, focusing on physical activity, eating behaviour, weight management, and nature-related behaviors.
The experience of alternative states of consciousness and the adoption and regulation of behaviors such as physical activity, eating, nature immersion, and contemplative practices.
Symposium ISBNPA 2022 Psychedelics and Health Behavior Change
Get To Know Senior Researcher Pedro Teixeira
INSIGHT 2021: Can Psychedelics Improve Diet, Exercise, Meditation, and Weight Control?
CIPER-SR Participation in the 37th European Health Psychology Society Conference
During the 37th Annual European Health Psychology Society Conference held in Bremen from September 4th to 8th, our team, represented by researcher Jorge Encantado and PhD student Laura Carvalho, presented two innovative posters. One poster delves into the potential health benefits of the psychedelic ayahuasca, aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of its effects on well-being, encompassing both physical and mental health. The second poster introduces an international survey protocol designed to explore how psychedelics may contribute to positive health behavior changes.
Our overarching goal is to make meaningful contributions to the academic dialogue concerning the intricate relationship between psychedelics and health behaviour change.
Pedro Teixeira Held a Presentation at the 2023 Insight Conference on Behavioural Psychedelics
At the 2023 Insight Conference in Berlin, taking place from August 30th to September 3rd, our principal investigator, Pedro Teixeira PhD, gave a talk centered on the profound potential of psychedelics in fostering health behavior change. The primary objective of this presentation was to provide an all-encompassing comprehension of potential relationships between psychedelics and health behaviour change, and the potential benefits on physical and mental well-being.
Pedro's work represents a substantial contribution to the ongoing academic dialogue surrounding the intricate relationship between psychedelics and health.
Laura Carvalho's Scoping Review Presentation at the 2023 Insight Conference
At the 2023 Insight Conference in Berlin, held from August 30th to September 3rd, our PhD student, Laura Carvalho, delivered a poster communication focused on the preliminary outcomes of a scoping review designed to investigate the existing naturalistic evidence pertaining to the connection between psychedelics and health behavior change.
Laura's scoping review constitutes a vital contribution to the academic discourse in this field, shedding light on the empirical evidence available on the influence of psychedelics on health behavior change.
Pedro Teixeira among the top 2% researchers in the world
Considering impact throughout their career and in all research fields, 2 CIPER-FMH researchers were place in the top 2% in the world: Duarte Araújo and Pedro Teixeira. The score used In this independent analysis using the Scopus database values impact (citations) rather than productivity (number of publications) and it also incorporates information on co-authorship and author positions (single, first, last author). More info HERE.
Jorge Encantado presented on the topic of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
At the XI event of "Jornadas de Psicologia" organized by the University of Aveiro (March 1st), Jorge Encantado, a researcher at the CIPER Self-Regulation research group, gave a talk on the topic of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, contextualizing it historically and providing updated clinical evidence of its therapeutic potential for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and addiction. The slide deck for this presentation can be found HERE.
Pedro Teixeira presented an evidence synthesis on psychedelics and chronic pain
Pedro Teixeira, CIPER Self-Regulation research group director, at the 30th congress of pain medicine, reviewed the available evidence suggesting the potential future use of psychedelic-assisted therapies to treat chronic pain. The slide deck is available HERE.
Palmeira, A. L., Sánchez-Oliva, D., Encantado, J., Marques, M. M., Santos, I., Duarte, C., Matos, M., Larsen, S. C., Horgan, G., Teixeira, P. J., Heitmann, B. L. & Stubbs, R. J. (2022). Motivational and self-efficacy reciprocal effects during a 12-month' weight regain prevention program. British Journal of Health Psychology, 00, 1– 13. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12635
Encantado J, Palmeira AL, Silva C, Palmeira, A. L., Sniehotta F. F., Stubbs, R. J., Gouveia, M. J., Teixeira, P. J., Heitmann, B. L. & Marques, M. M. (2022). What goes on in digital behaviour change interventions for weight loss maintenance targeting physical activity: A scoping review. DIGITAL HEALTH. 2022;8. doi:10.1177/20552076221129089
Encantado J., Marques, M. M., Gouveia M. L., Santos, I., Sanchez-Oliva, D., O'Driscoll, R., Turicchi, J., Larsen, S. C., Horgan, G., Teixeira, P. J., Stubbs, J., Heitmann, B. L., Palmeira, A. L. (2022). Testing motivational and self-regulatory mechanisms of action on device-measured physical activity in the context of a weight loss maintenance digital intervention: A secondary analysis of the NoHoW trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 64, 102314, ISSN 1469-0292, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102314.
Bellicha, A., van Baak, M. A., Battista, F., Beaulieu, K., Blundell, J. E., Busetto, L., Carraça, E. V., Dicker, D., Encantado, J., Ermolao, A., Farpour-Lambert, N., Pramono, A., Woodward, E., & Oppert, J.-M. (2021). Effect of exercise training on weight loss, body composition changes, and weight maintenance in adults with overweight or obesity: An overview of 12 systematic reviews and 149 studies. Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, e13256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obr.13256
Teixeira, P. J., Marques, M. M., Silva, M. N., Brunet, J., Duda, J. L., Haerens, L., La Guardia, J., Lindwall, M., Lonsdale, C., Markland, D., Michie, S., Moller, A. C., Ntoumanis, N., Patrick, H., Reeve, J., Ryan, R. M., . . . Hagger, M. S. (2020). A classification of motivation and behavior change techniques used in self-determination theory-based interventions in health contexts. Motivation Science, 6(4), 438–455. doi: 10.1037/mot0000172