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Pedro Teixeira and the Self-regulation group featured in international press
02 / 12 / 2021

Pedro Teixeira and the Self-regulation group featured in international press

Pedro Teixeira and the new line of research from the Self-regulation group - psychedelics and health behaviour change - were featured in two recent articles in the popular press. See the piece in Lucid News and the one on ON Magazine. The coverage is directly related to this recent publication by Teixeira et al., which is openly accessible.

Pedro Teixeira featured in video interview "Get to know CIPER senior researcher"
20 / 11 / 2021

Pedro Teixeira featured in video interview "Get to know CIPER senior researcher"

On Wednesday 24th the CIPER series "Get to know CIPER senior researcher" featured Pedro Teixeira. The session was conducted as an interview format moderated by two researchers from the Self Regulation research group, Laura Carvalho and Jorge Encantado. The main topics were Pedro Teixeira's academic career, research interests and main achievements, providing relevant insights for early career and future researchers. The interview can be accessed HERE.

FMH-CIPER was present at Insight: Psychedelic Research & Therapy
24 / 09 / 2021

FMH-CIPER was present at Insight: Psychedelic Research & Therapy

With a lecture named “Can Psychedelics Improve Diet, Exercise, Meditation, and Weight Control?”, Pedro Teixeira was a presenter at the Insight 2021 conference in Berlin, organised by the MIND Foundation. This talk was based on the review article, “Psychedelics and health behaviour change”, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and recently covered by Lucid News.

Jorge Encantado completed his PhD in Health Psychology
09 / 07 / 2021

Jorge Encantado completed his PhD in Health Psychology

Jorge Encantado, researcher at the PANO-SR Research Group, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled "Digital Health for Weight loss Maintenance" on July 8th at ISPA - Instituto Universitário.

Pedro Teixeira new Research Director at the Synthesis Institute
10 / 05 / 2021

Pedro Teixeira new Research Director at the Synthesis Institute

Pedro Teixeira has been hired as Director of Research at the Synthesis Institute (partial time position) to coordinate all research projects and activities, in collaboration with leading research organizations worldwide. The Synthesis Institute is a pioneering organization in the field of psychedelics, providing legal, medically-supervised experiential retreats; practitioner training programs; and science outreach and dissemination activities.

Expert Consensus Article on Self-Determination Theory Techniques Published in Motivation Science
21 / 10 / 2020

Expert Consensus Article on Self-Determination Theory Techniques Published in Motivation Science

The article "Classification of Techniques Used in Self-Determination Theory-Based Interventions in Health Contexts: An Expert Consensus Study" has been published in APA's Motivation Science. Involving a large number of experts in self-determination theory (SDT), it presents the first consensus-based set of motivation and behavior change techniques based on SDT. It focuses on health contexts and behaviors, such as physical activity and eating.

Development of digital tools to facilitate PA promotion in primary health care published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
28 / 01 / 2020

Development of digital tools to facilitate PA promotion in primary health care published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Marlene N Silva, Catarina Silva and Pedro Teixeira from PANO-SR team authored a scientific article on the development and implementation of three digital tools to facilitate PA promotion in primary health care (PHC): 1) a PA brief assessment tool incorporated in the electronic health record platform “SClínico Cuidados de Saúde Primários“; 2) a brief counselling tool developed in the software “PEM—Prescrição Eletrónica Médica” (electronic medical prescription); and 3) a “Physical Activity Card” incorporated in an official NHS smartphone app called “MySNS Carteira”. These tools, developed according to best-practices and state of the art behavioural science, represent key actions to promote PA among Portuguese citizens using PHC as a priority setting.

 

Marta Marques a co-author in innovative paper on techniques to self-manage motivation and behaviour
15 / 01 / 2020

Marta Marques a co-author in innovative paper on techniques to self-manage motivation and behaviour

Marta Marques, PANO researcher, collaborated in the development of the compendium of self-enactable techniques to change and self-manage motivation and behaviour. The paper was co-authored with Kegan Knittle, Martin Hagger and Nelli Hankonen among others. The authors did scoping reviews of literature and used taxonomies to bring together 123 techniques, each of which is labelled, defined and presented with instructive examples to facilitate self-enactment. The preprint manuscript version can be found in the attachment link. Enjoy the "behind the paper" article HERE.

Catarina Paixão completed her master degree in Public Health
09 / 12 / 2019

Catarina Paixão completed her master degree in Public Health

Catarina Paixão, research assistant at the PANO-SR Research Group, successfully defended (18 val.) her master thesis at the National School of Public Health, NOVA University of Lisbon. Her research work consisted in a systematic review about the weight control registries, more specifically by identifying the characteristics of weight control registries, key sociodemographic, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of successful weight loss maintainers, as well as correlates of weight loss maintenance, providing evidence-based clues for future public health and obesity prevention and treatment initiatives. Congratulations, Catarina!

Sofia Franco completed her master degree in Exercise and Health
18 / 11 / 2019

Sofia Franco completed her master degree in Exercise and Health

Sofia Franco, research assistant at the PANO-SR Research Group, successfully defended (18 val.) her master thesis at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. Her research work, devoted to the development of a tool to assess good practices in PA promotion community programs, was developed in close collaboration with the Portuguese National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity (National Health Directorate). Congratulations, Sofia!

PANO Researchers author chapter in new APA's Handbook of Exercise Psychology
26 / 10 / 2019

PANO Researchers author chapter in new APA's Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Pedro Teixeira and Eliana Carraça published the chapter entitled "Internal and external predictors of engaging in and adhering to physical activity" co-authored with Joreintje D. Mackenbach, in the American Psychology Association's Handbook of Sport and Exercise Psychology. The authors' manuscript version can be found in the attachment link.

Preliminary results for new national campaign for PA promotion now available
24 / 09 / 2019

Preliminary results for new national campaign for PA promotion now available

Preliminary results for the new national campaign for PA promotion 'Follow the Whistle!' are already available and show the impact on COM-B indicators, (i.e., Competence, Opportunity, Motivation, and PA Behaviour).
 
For more information about the preliminary results of the campaign check infographics attached.
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PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion
19 / 09 / 2019

PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion

PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion (Directorate-General for Health) were involved in the development and implementation of brief counselling tools for physical activity promotion at the National Health Care System.
 
See the video about the 'Follow the Whistle' campaign HERE (4,41 minutes).

NoHoW Consortium Meets in Aarhus
19 / 09 / 2019

NoHoW Consortium Meets in Aarhus

The NoHoW team met September 17-18 in Aarhus, Denmark to share recent updates on the NoHoW Toolkit and trial results. Colleagues involved in each phase of the project shared the most recent developments in these areas and project publications were also discussed. Initial NoHoW project results are now available to the team, stay tuned for results!

Marlene Nunes Silva and Marta Marques, researchers at PANO-SR, participated in an expert panel on digital tools for Physical activity promotion, hosted by the World Health Organisation, Geneva (18-19 July)
27 / 07 / 2019

Marlene Nunes Silva and Marta Marques, researchers at PANO-SR, participated in an expert panel on digital tools for Physical activity promotion, hosted by the World Health Organisation, Geneva (18-19 July)

Marta Marques integrates the expert team that have been developed the program mActive, a SMS based program to increase walking minutes per day, and Marlene Silva presented the Portuguese digital tools for the promotion of PA at the national health care system, which was previously considered by WHO as a country case study of good practices.
 
The mActive program will be further refined based on expert opinion and pilot country experiences. It will reinforce and integrate the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile  WHO initiative, that already has handbooks ready to go in the areas of tobacco cessation, diabetes (prevention & management), cervical cancer, ageing and asthma/COPD. Additional information HERE

New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!
01 / 07 / 2019

New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!

Researchers from PANO-SR, Marlene Silva and Pedro Teixeira (current and past director of the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion - Directorate-General of Health) and Catarina Santos Silva (PhD Candidate) were involved in the development and implementation of a national PA promotion campaign. 
"Siga o assobio" results from a partnership between the Directorate-General of Health and the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, with the support of the Portuguese Football Federation, and aims to inspire the Portuguese population to adopt physically active lifestyles in their daily routines.
 
Check the video HERE
 
More information on the campaign HERE
PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)
10 / 06 / 2019

PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)

PANO research group was represented at the 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting that took place at beautiful city of Prague, from June 4th to 7th. Presentations were diverse in scope of research: a systematic review of psychological correlates of recreational running (Hugo Pereira), a systematic review of the existing weight control registries in europe (Inês Santos), the use of newly developed digital tools for physical activity promotion in the portuguese national health system (Catarina Silva), a discriminant analysis of psychological variables among weight losers from the NoHoW Trial (Jorge Encantado), the framework for new ontologies in behavioural science (Marta Marques), and also the perceptions and behaviours of oncologists regarding physical activity promotion (António Palmeira and Bruno Rodrigues).

Marta Marques was also recognized by ISBNPA with the first ever “One to Watch” award!

PANO at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference
26 / 05 / 2019

PANO at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference

Between May 21-24, PANO researchers participated in the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. Taking place only once every 3 years, it is an important event to network with other researchers and experts on this theory.

More information about the event HERE.

EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants
10 / 05 / 2019

EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants

On May 10 a further "tasting session" of EuroFIT took place. This time the session was presented to a group of participants with diabetes that are integrated into the Sweetfootball follow-up program.

The session was held in a positive environment with high interaction and a good learning climate.

Jorge Encantado represented PANO-SR research group at "Jornadas da Psicologia: Psicologia, Movimento, e Bem-Estar" (Instituto Piaget)
08 / 05 / 2019

Jorge Encantado represented PANO-SR research group at "Jornadas da Psicologia: Psicologia, Movimento, e Bem-Estar" (Instituto Piaget)

PANO Research Group was represented at the XIII Jornadas da Psicologia, held by Instituto Piaget Almada. In a communication titled "Physical Activity Promotion and Health: From evidence to intervention”, Jorge Encantado highlighted the importance of motivational and self-regulatory determinants for behaviour change to sustain healthier lifestyles. It was a great opportunity to disseminate PANO's research projects among students and professionals!

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