Pedro J. Teixeira


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Pedro J. Teixeira

Research Group Director
Pedro Teixeira is Full Professor of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Health at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Exercise Science, and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. He is a past-president of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the past-president of FMH's Ethics Council for Research. Between May 2016 and January 2019, he was the director for the National Physical Activity Promotion Program at the Portuguese Ministry of Health (DGS). His main research interests are the study of determinants of physical activity, eating and weight control and the design and testing of behavior change interventions. He has published more than 100 international peer-reviewed articles and has been an investigator in several NIH and EU projects, including Eurobese, SPOTLIGHT, EuroFIT, and NoHow. He has served as Research Director for The Synthesis Institute and is the founder of the psychedelic science dissemination website



· 2010 - Full Professor, Department of Sports and Health, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

· 2001 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

· 2001 - 2003 Research Associate, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

· 1997 - 2001 Graduate Research Assistant, Body Composition Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

· 1995 - 1997 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

· 1993 - 2001 Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Exercise and Health, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal



· Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal – Tenure/Agregação (2008) in Obesity and Weight Control – Exercise and Health.

· University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (2001) – Nutritional Sciences

· Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona – Masters of Science (M.S.) (1997) – Exercise and Wellness

· Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal – Bachelors of Science (B.S.) (1993) – Exercise Science and Physical Education



Citations / Scientific Output (as of February 2024) 

Scopus h-index: 51 (10248 citations) 

Web of Science h-index: 48 (8912 citations)

Google Scholar h-index: 61 (19481 citations); i10-index: 110 

ResearchGate Interest Score: 7947 | h-index: 58 

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Selected Book Chapters

    1. Teixeira, P. J., Carraça, E. V., & Mackenbach, J. D. (2019). Internal and external predictors of engaging in and adhering to physical activity. In M. H. Anshel, S. J. Petruzzello, & E. E. Labbé (Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology series. APA handbook of sport and exercise psychology, Vol. 2. Exercise psychology (pp. 271-289). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. DOI: 10.1037/0000124-014

    2. Patrick, H., Resnicow, K., Williams, G.C. & Teixeira, P.J. (2013). Communication skills to elicit physical activity: How to talk to clients. In Nigg, C.R. (Ed.). ACSM’s Behavioral Aspects of Exercise (pp.129-152). USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, US.

    3. Silva, M.N. & Teixeira, P.J. (2013). Promotion of and adherence to physical activity. In Mooren, F.C., Skinner, J.S. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease (pp.727-731). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

    4. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N. & Teixeira, P.J. (2013). Body image investment and self-regulation of weight control behaviors. In Sams, L.B., Keels, J.A. (Eds). Handbook on Body Image: Gender Differences, Sociocultural Influences and Health Implications (pp.257-276). New York: Science Publishers, Inc.

    5. Teixeira, P.J., Stubbs, R.J., King, N.A., Whybrow & S., Blundell, J. (2011). Obesity. In Saxton, J. (Ed.). Exercise and Chronic Disease: an Evidence-Based Approach (pp.297-321). London: Routledge.

    6. Williams, G., Teixeira, P.J., Carraça, E.V. & Resnicow, K. (2011). Physical wellness, health care, and personal autonomy. In Chirkov, V.I., Ryan, R.M., Sheldon, K.M. (Eds.). Personal Autonomy in Cultural Contexts: Global Perspectives on The Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and People's Well-Being (pp.133-162).  USA: Springer.

Special Issues (Coordination / Editorship)

    1. Teixeira, P.J., Mata, J, Wiiliams, G.C., Gorin, A.A. & Lemieux, S. (Editors) (2012). Self-regulation, motivation, and psychosocial factors in weight management. Special Issue, Journal of Obesity. DOI: 10.1155/2012/582348

    2. Teixeira, P.J. (Coordinator) (2012). Self-determination theory and motivational interviewing in behavioral nutrition, physical activity, and healthSpecial Series, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Selected Articles

    1. Teixeira, P. J., Johnson, M. W., Timmermann, C., Watts, R., Erritzoe, D., Douglass, H., Ketner, H., & Carhart-Harris, R. L. (2021). Psychedelics and health behaviour change. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2698811211008554.
    2. 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

    3. Paixão, C., Dias, C.M., Jorge, R., Carraça, E.V., Yannakoulia, M., de Zwaan, M., Soini, S., Hill, J.O., Teixeira, P.J., Santos I. (2020). Successful weight loss maintenance: a systematic review of weight control registries. Obesity Reviews, DOI: 10.1111/obr.13003

    4. Wyke, S., Bunn, C., Andersen, E., Silva, M. N., van Nassau, F., McSkimming, P., et al. (2019). The effect of a programme to improve men’s sedentary time and physical activity: The European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) randomised controlled trial. PLoS Medicine, 16(2), e1002736. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002736

    5. Teixeira, P. J., Marques, A., Lopes, C., Sardinha, L. B., & Mota, J. A. (2019). Prevalence and Preferences of Self-Reported Physical Activity and Nonsedentary Behaviors in Portuguese Adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 16(4), 251–258. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0340

    6. Carraça, E.V., Santos, I., Mata, J. & Teixeira, P.J. (2018). Psychosocial Pretreatment Predictors of Weight Control: A Systematic Review Update. Obesity Facts, 11:67-82. DOI: 10.1159/000485838

    7. Teixeira, P.J. & Marques, M. (2017). Health behavior change for obesity management. Obesity Facts, 10:666-673. DOI: 10.1159/000484933

    8. Santos, I., Sniehotta, F., Marques, M., Carraça, E.V. & Teixeira, P.J. (2017). Prevalence and correlates of non-surgical weight control attempts in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 18:32-50. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12466

    9. Silva, M.N., Sánchez-Oliva, D., Brunet, J., Williams, G.C., Teixeira, P.J. & Palmeira, A.L. (2017). "What goes around comes around": Antecedents, mediators, and consequences of controlling vs. need-supportive motivational strategies used by exercise professionals. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51:707-717. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-017-9894-0

    10. Resnicow, K., Teixeira, P.J. & Williams, G.C. (2017). Efficient allocation of public health and behavior change resources: The "Difficulty by motivation" Matrix, American Journal of Public Health, 107(1):55-57(Editorial). DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303526

    11. Teixeira, P.J. (2016). Health behavior change: A field just picking up speed. A comment on Ogden (2016). Health Psychology Review. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2016.1183507.

    12. Mullen, S.P., Silva, M.N., Teixeira, P.J. (2016). Initial validation of the Activity Choice Index among overweight women. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2016.1152349

    13. Teixeira P.J., Carraça E.V., Marques M., Rutter H., Oppert J.-M., De Bourdeaudhuij I., Lakerveld J. & Brug J. (2015). Successful behavior change in obesity interventions in adults: A systematic review of self-regulation mediators. BMC Medicine, 13(1):84. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-015-0323-6

    14. Teixeira, P.J., Mata, J., Williams, G.C., Gorin, A.A., Lemieux, S. (2012). Self-regulation, motivation, and psychosocial factors in weight management. Journal of Obesity, (Editorial). DOI: 10.1155/2012/582348

    15. Teixeira, P.J., Carraça, E.V., Markland, D.M., Silva M.N., Ryan, R.M. (2012). Exercise, physical activity, and self-determination theory: A systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:78. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-78

    16. Teixeira, P.J., Silva, M.N., Mata, J., Palmeira, A.L., Markland, D.M. (2012). Motivation, self-determination, and long-term weight control. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity,9:22. 
    17. Teixeira, P.J., Palmeira, A.L., Vansteenkiste, M. (2012). The role of self-determination theory and motivational interviewing in behavioral nutrition, physical activity, and health: An introduction to the IJBNPA special series. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:17.

    18. Teixeira, P.J., Patrick, H., Mata, J. (2011). Why we eat what we eat: The role of autonomous motivation in eating behavior regulation. Nutrition Bulletin, 36:102-107. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-3010.2010.01876.x

    19. Teixeira, P.J., Going, S.B., Sardinha, L.B., Lohman, T.G. (2005). A review of psychosocial pretreatment predictors of weight control. Obesity Reviews, 6:43-65. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2005.00166.x

    20. Teixeira, P.J., Going, S.B., Houtkooper, L.B., Cussler, E.C., Metcalfe, L.L., Blew, R.M., Sardinha, L.B., Lohman, T.G. (2004). Pretreatment predictors of attrition and successful weight management in women. International Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, 28:1124-1133. DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802727



· The Synthesis Institute, Director of Research (2021-2022)
· Directorate-General of Health (Portuguese Health Ministry), National Physical Activity Promotion Program, Director (2016-2019)
· University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Ethics Council for Research, President (2012-2018)
· International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, President (2013-2014)
· International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Annual Conference, Scientific Committee Chair (2009)
· Portuguese Society for the Study of Obesity, Vice-President (2009-2012)
· Platform Against Obesity (National Health Ministry), Consultant (2006-2012)



· Research Merit Award in the Sport Sciences (University of Lisbon – Santander Annual Award 2017)

. Catharina Pijls / NUTRIM 2009 Lecture Award (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

· Investigator of the Year 2008 in the Sport Sciences (Technical University of Lisbon – Santander Totta Annual Award)