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. In May 2016, he was appointed as 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 and weight control and the design and testing of behavior change interventions, namely in the area of physical activity promotion. He has published close to 90 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 is part of the Consortium leading the Portuguese Nutrition and Physical Activity National Survey 2015-16. He is editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, among other journals.



· 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 August 2018)

ISI Web of Science H Factor: 38 (4168 citations)

Google Scholar H Factor: 47 (9382 citations)

ResearchGate Score: 40.36


Selected Book Chapters

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Sardinha, L.B. & Teixeira, P.J. (2005). Measuring adiposity and fat distribution in relation to health. In Heymsfield, S.B., Lohman, T.G., Wang, Z.M., Going, S.B. (Eds.). Human Body Composition (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

  7. Williams, D., Going, S.B. & Teixeira, P.J. (2005). Exercise. In Heymsfield, S.B., Lohman, T.G., Wang, Z.M., Going, S.B. (Eds.). Human Body Composition (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetic

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.

  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. Silva, A., Júdice, P., Carraça, E.V., King, N., Teixeira, P.J. & Sardinha, L.B. (2018). What is the effect of diet and/or exercise interventions on behavioral compensation in non-exercise physical activity and related energy expenditure of free-living adults? A systematic review. British Journal of Nutrition, 119:1327-1345.
  2. Carraça, E.V., Mackenbach, J.D., Lakerveld, J., Rutter, H., Oppert, J.-M., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Compernolle, S., Roda, C., Bardos, H. & Teixeira, P.J. (2018). Lack of interest in physical activity - individual and environmental attributes in adults across Europe: The SPOTLIGHT project. Preventive Medicine, 111:41-48.

  3. 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

  4. Sainsbury, K., Evans, E.H., Pedersen, S., Marques, M.M., Teixeira, P.J., Lahteenmaki, L., Stubbs, R.J., Heitmann, B.L. & Sniehotta, F.F. (2018). Attribution of weight regain to emotional reasons amongst European adults with overweight and obesity who regained weight following a weight loss attempt. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. DOI 10.1007/s40519-018-0487-0

  5. Lopes, C., Torres, D., Oliveira, A., Severo, M., Guiomar, S., Alarcão, V., Ramos, E., Rodrigues, S., Vilela, S., Oliveira, L., Mota, J., Teixeira, P.J., Nicola, P., Soares, S., Andersen, L.F. & The IAN-AF Consortium (2018). National Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey of the Portuguese general population, 2015-2016: Design and methods. JMIR Research Protocols, 7(2):e42.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Castro, E.A., Júdice, P.B., Silva, A., Teixeira, P.J. & Benito, P.J. Sedentary behavior and compensatory mechanisms in response to different doses of exercise - A randomized controlled trial in overweight and obese adults. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2017.84.

  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. 

  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).

  11. Sanchéz-Oliva, D., Morin, A., Teixeira, P.J., Carraça, E.V., Palmeira, A. & Silva, M.N. (2017). A bifactor exploratory structural equation modeling representation of the structure of need satisfaction at work. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 98:173-187.

  12. Lindwall, M., Weman-Josefsson, K., Jonsson, L., Ivarsson, A., Ntoumanis, N., Patrick, H., Thogersen-Ntoumani, C., Markland, D. & Teixeira, P.J. (2017). Stirring the motivational soup: Within-person latent profiles of motivation in exercise. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14:4.

  13. Brunet, J., Gunnell, K., Teixeira, P.J., Sabiston, C. & Bélanger, M. (2016). Should we be looking at the forest or the trees? Overall psychological need satisfaction and individual needs as predictors of physical activity. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38:317-330.

  14. 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.

  15. Santos, I., Vieira, P.N., Silva, M.N., Sardinha, L.B. & Teixeira, P.J. (2016). Weight control behaviors of highly successful weight loss maintainers: The Portuguese Weight Control Registry. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s10865-016-9786-y.

  16. van Nassau, F., van der Ploeg, H., Abrahamsen, F., Andersen, E., Anderson, A.S., Bosmans, J.E., Bunn, C., Chalmers, M., Clissman, C., Gill, J.M.R., Gray, C.M., Hunt, K., Jelsma, J.G., La Guardia, J.G., Lemyre, P.N., Loudon, D.W., Macaulay, L., Maxwell, D.J., McConnachie, A., Martin, A., Mourselas, N., Mutrie, N., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, R., O'Brien, K., Pereira, H.V., Philpott, M., Roberts, G.C., Rooksby, J., Rost, M., Roynesdal, O., Sattar, N., Silva, M.N., Sorensen, M., Teixeira, P.J., Treweek, S., van Achterberg, T., van de Glind, I., van Mechelen, W., Wyke, S. (2016). Study protocol of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): a four-country randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle program for men delivered in elite football clubs. BMC Public Health, 16:598. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3255-y.

  17. Morgan, P.J., Hollis, J.L., Young, M.D., Collins, C.E., Teixeira, P.J. (2016).Workday sitting time and marital status: Novel pre-treatment predictors of weight loss in overweight and obese men. American Journal of Men's Health. DOI 10.1177/1557988316654866.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Mackenbach, J.D., Lakerveld, J., van Lenthe, F.J., Teixeira, P.J., Compernolle, S., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Charreire, H., Oppert, J.-M., Bardos, H., Glonti, K., Rutter, H., McKee, M., Nijpels, G., Brug, J. (2016). Interactions of individual perceived barriers and neighbourhood destinations with obesity-related behaviours in Europe. The SPOTLIGHT project. Obesity Reviews, (Suppl. 1), 68-80.

  21. Santos, I., Ball, K., Crawford, D.A., Teixeira, P.J. (2016). Motivation and barriers for leisure-time physical activity in socioeconomically disadvantaged women. PLoS ONE, 11(1):e0147735.

  22. 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, 13:84.

  23. Martin, A., Fitzsimons, C., Jepson, R., Saunders, D.H., van der Ploeg, H.P., Teixeira, P.J., Gray, C., Mutrie, N. Interventions with potential to reduce sedentary time in adults - systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49:1056-1063.

  24. Santos, I., Mata, J., Silva, M.N., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2015). Predicting long-term weight loss maintenance in previously overweight women: a signal detection approach. Obesity. DOI 10.1002/oby.21082.

  25. Santos, I., Andrade, A., Teixeira, P.J. (2015). Weight control attempts among Portuguese adults: prevalence, motives and behavioural strategies [Portuguese]. Acta Médica Portuguesa, 28(1):77-86.

  26. Compernolle, S., De Cocker, K., Lakerveld, J., Mackenbach, J.D., Nijpels, G., Oppert, J.M., Rutter, H., Teixeira, P.J., Cardon, G., De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2014). A RE-AIM evaluation of evidence-based multi-level interventions to improve obesity-related behaviours in adults: a systematic review (the SPOTLIGHT project). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11:147.

  27. Wasserkampf, A., Silva, M.N., Santos, I., Carraça, E.V., Meis, J.J.M., Kremers, S.P.J., Teixeira, P.J. (2014). Short- and long-term theory-based predictors of physical activity in women who participated in a weight-management program. Health Education Research. DOI 10.1093/her/cyu060.

  28. Barte, J.C.M., Veldwijk, J., Teixeira, P.J., Sacks, F.M., Bemelmans, W.J.E. (2014) Differences in weight loss across different BMI classes: A meta-analysis of the effects of interventions with diet and exercise. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s12529-013-9355-5.

  29. Vieira, P.N., Teixeira, P.J., Sardinha, L.B., Santos, T.C., Coutinho, S.R., Mata, J., Silva, M.N. (2014). Success in maintaining weight loss in Portugal – The Portuguese Weight Control Registry  [Portuguese]. Ciência & SaúdeColetiva, 19(1): 83-92.

  30. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.M., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2013) The association between physical activity and eating self-regulation in overweight and obese women. Obesity Facts, 6:493-506.

  31. Vieira, P.N., Silva, M.N., Mata, J., Coutinho, S.R., Santos, T.C., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2013). Correlates of health-related quality of life, psychological well-being, and eating self-regulation after successful weight loss maintenance. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36(6):601-610.

  32. 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).

  33. Andrade, A.M., Kresge, D.L., Teixeira, P.J., Baptista, F., Melanson, K.J. (2012). Does eating slowly influence appetite and energy intake when water intake is controlled?International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:135.

  34. Lakerveld, J., Brug, J., Bot, S., Teixeira, P.J., Rutter, H., Woodward, E., Samdal, O., Stocley, L., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., van Assema, P., Robertson, A., Lobstein, T., Oppert, J.M., Ádány, R., Nijpels, G. (2012). Sustainable prevention of obesity through integrated strategies: The SPOTLIGHT project's conceptual framework and design. BMC Public Health, 12:793.

  35. Vieira, P.N., Palmeira, A.L., Mata, J., Kolotkin, R.L., Silva, M.N., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira P.J. (2012). Usefulness of standard BMI cut-offs for quality of life and psychological well-being in women. Obesity Facts, 5:795-805.

  36. 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.

  37. Carraça, E.V., Markland, D.M., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S, Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2012). Physical activity predicts changes in body image during obesity treatment in women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44:1604-1612.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Verstuyf, J., Patrick, H., Vansteenkiste, M., Teixeira, P.J. (2012). Motivational dynamics of eating regulation: A self-determination theory perspective. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:21.

  41. Fortier, M.S., Duda, J.L., Guerin, E., Teixeira, P.J. (2012). Promoting physical activity: Development and testing of self-determination theory-based interventions. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:20.

  42. Carraça, E.V., Silva, M.N., Markland, D.M., 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.

  43. Carraça, E.V., Markland, D.M., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Vieira, P.N., Minderico, C.S., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2011). Dysfunctional body investment versus body dissatisfaction: relations with well-being and controlled motivations for obesity treatment. Motivation and Emotion, 35:423-434.

  44. Tudor-Locke, C., Craig, C.L., Bassett, Jr., D.R., Brown, W.J., Clemes, S.A., Cocker, K.E., Giles-Corti, B., Hatano, Y., Inoue, S., Matsudo, S.M., Mutrie, N., Oppert, J.M., Rowe, D.A., Schmidt, M.D., Schofield, G.M., Spence, J.P., Teixeira, P.J., Tully, M.A., Blair, S.B. (2011). How many steps/day are enough? For adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 28:79.

  45. Stubbs, J., Whybrow, S., Teixeira, P.J., Blundell, J., Lawton, C., Westenhoefer, J., Engel, D., Shepherd, D., Mcconnon, A., Gilbert, P., Raats, M. (2011). Problems in identifying predictors and correlates of weight loss and maintenance: Implications for weight control therapies based on behavior change. Obesity Reviews, 12:688-708.

  46. Ten Have, M., de Beaufort, I.D., Teixeira, P.J., Mackenbach, J.P., Heide, A.v.d. (2011). Ethics and prevention of overweight and obesity: An inventory. Obesity Reviews, 12:669-679.

  47. 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, 4:728-737.

  48. 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.

  49. Vieira, P.N., Mata, J., Silva, M.N., Coutinho, S.R., Santos, T.C., Minderico, C.S., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2010). Predictors of psychological well-being during behavioral obesity treatment in women. Journal of Obesity, 2011, Article ID 936153, 8 pages, DOI:10.1155/2011/936153.

  50. Barte, J.C.M., ter Bogt, N.C.W., Bogers, R.P., Teixeira, P.J., Blissmer, B., Mori, T.A., Bemelmans, W.J.E. (2010). Maintenance of weight loss after lifestyle interventions for overweight and obesity, a systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 11:899-906.

  51. Palmeira, A.P., Branco, T.L., Martins, S.S., Minderico, C.M., Barata, J.T., Silva, M.N., Serpa, S.O., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2010). Changes in body image, quality of life, and subjective well-being during behavioral obesity treatment: Associations with long-term weight control. Body Image, 7:187-193.

  52. 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.

  53. Andrade, A.M., Coutinho, S.R., Silva, M.N., Carraça, E.V., Mata, J., Melanson, K.J., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2010). The effect of physical activity on weight loss is mediated by eating self-regulation. Patient Education and Counseling, 79:320-326.

  54. Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Coutinho, S.R., Matos, M.G., Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J. (2010). Using self-determination theory to promote physical activity and weight control: A randomized controlled trial in women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33:110-122.

  55. 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), 18:725-735.

  56. Mata, J., Silva, M.N., Vieira, P.N., Coutinho, S.R., Andrade, A.M., Teixeira, P.J. (2009). Motivational "spill-over" during weight control: Increased self-determination and exercise intrinsic motivation predict eating self-regulation. Health Psychology, 28:709-716.

  57. Palmeira, A.L., Teixeira, P.J., Markland. D., Silva, M.N., Branco, T., Martins, S., Minderico, C.S., Barata, J., Serpa, S., Sardinha, L.B. (2009). Reciprocal mediated effects of changes in weight and psychological factors, in a behavioral weight loss treatment. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6:9.

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

· 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-)

· 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 (2013-14)

· Portuguese Society for the Study of Obesity, Vice-President (2009-12) 

· Obesity Facts, Associate Editor (2012-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

· 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)