Research Group Leader

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. His main research interest is the study of motivational and self-regulatory predictors of physical activity, healthful eating, and weight control. Furthermore, he seeks to apply theory to the design and testing of behavior change interventions. He has published over 75 international peer-reviewed articles and has been an investigator in several NIH and European Commission projects, including SPOTLIGHT and EuroFIT (FP7), and NoHow (H2020), and he was a PI for the Portuguese National Weight Control Registry and the PESO Study, among other FCT-funded projects. He is an Associate Editor for Obesity Facts, and an 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. He is a past-president of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the current 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).