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 close to 100 international peer-reviewed articles and has been an investigator in several NIH and EU projects, including Eurobese, SPOTLIGHT, EuroFIT, and NoHow. He is the PI for the Portuguese National Weight Control Registry and was part of the Consortium leading the first Portuguese Nutrition and Physical Activity National Survey (2015-16).



· 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



Current Projects

NOHOW: Evidence-based ICT Tools for Weight Loss Maintenance

European Commission H2020-PHC-2014 SEP-210140063; 4.949.337€ (FMH: 697.550€)

Principal Investigator: Berit Heitmann, Ph.D.

EUROFIT: Social Innovation to Improve Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Through Elite European Football Clubs: European Fans in Training

European Commission FP7-HEALTH.2013.3.3-1-GA602170; 5.957.168€ (FMH: 741.517€)

Principal Investigator: Sally Wyke, Ph.D.

IAN-AF: The National Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

EEA-Grants Program - Public Health Initiatives; 835.357,47€

Principal Investigator: Carla Lopes, Ph.D.

An Open-Access Repository of Self-Regulation Measures for Exercise, Eating, and Weight Control

FCT /  Portuguese Government, Science and Technology Foundation PTDC/DES/122395/2010; 98.684€

Principal Investigator: Pedro J. Teixeira, Ph.D. 

The Portuguese National Weight Control Registry: The Role of Physical Activity in Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance

FCT /  Portuguese Government, Science and Technology Foundation PTDC/DES/72317/2006, 2008-2011; 119.400€

Principal Investigator: Pedro J. Teixeira, Ph.D.


Completed Projects

SPOTLIGHT: Sustainable Prevention of Obesity Through Integrated Strategies

European Commission FP7-HEALTH-2011-GA278186-1-2010; 2.997.658€ (FMH: 174.834€)

Principal Investigator: Johannes Brug, Ph.D.

MEMO INTERNACIONAL: Mediating and Moderating Variable Analysis in Energy Balance Behaviours Change Interventions - An International Collaboration

European Commission (Marie Curie Action), FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES-CT-2010-247630, 2010-2012; 57.600€

Coordinator: Saskia de Velde, Ph.D.

EUROBESE: Ethics and the Obesity and Overweight Epidemic: Image, Culture, Technologies and Interventions

European Commission FP6 SAS6-CT-2005-016646, 2005-2009; 800.000€

Principal Investigator: Inez de Beaufort, Ph.D.

Physical Activity and the Self-regulation of Eating Behavior and Body Weight

FCT /  Portuguese Government, Science and Technology Foundation PTDC/DES/114867/2009; 103.000€

Principal Investigator: Pedro J. Teixeira, Ph.D. 

The PILOT Study: Profile-based, Internet-Linked Obesity Trial

NIH, National Institutes for Health (R01 DK57453). 1999-2001; USD $537.977

Principal Investigator: Scott B. Going, Ph.D.



Citations / Scientific Output (as of October 2019)

ISI Web of Science (Scopus) H Factor: 42 (5854 citations)

Google Scholar H Factor: 49 (10932 citations)

ResearchGate Score: 40.61 | h-index: 44


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. 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
  2. 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

  3. Evans, E. H., Sainsbury, K., Marques, M. M., Santos, I., Pedersen, S., Lähteenmäki, L., et al. (2019). Prevalence and predictors of weight loss maintenance: a retrospective population-based survey of European adults with overweight and obesity. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: The Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association. DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12666

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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. 
  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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



· Directorate-General of Health (Portuguese Health Ministry), Director of the National Physical Activity Promotion Program (2016-2019)

· International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity 2015 Conference, Scientific Committee Chair (2015)

· Theories and Techniques of Behaviour Change Project, International Advisory Board Member (2014-2019)

· University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Ethics Council for Research, President (2012-2018)

· International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, Exec. Committee Member (2004-2008); President (2013-2014)

· Portuguese Society for the Study of Obesity, Vice-President (2009-2012) 

· Obesity Facts, Associate Editor (2012-2018)

· Psychology of Sports and Exercise, Editorial Board Member (2015-2018)

· International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Editorial Board Member (2005-2019) 

· Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Editorial Board Member (2012-2018)

· Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Editorial Board Member (2014-2018)

· Archives of Exercise in Health and Disease, Editorial Board Member (2011-2018)

· Nutrícias Journal, Member of Scientific Council (2013-2018)

· Platform Against Obesity (National Health Ministry), Consultant (2008-2012)

· National Program to Fight Against Obesity – Portugal, Expert Panel Member (2006-2008)



· 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)