Eliana Carraça

Eliana Carraça is a post-doctoral researcher within the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity (PANO) – Self-Regulation joint research group at the University of Lisbon, CIPER / Faculty of Human Kinetics. She is also a guest Professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport – Lusophone University, Lisbon. She is an exercise physiologist, with a MSc in Exercise and Health and a PhD in Sport Sciences – Health and Fitness, both obtained at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics. In 2008, she received an award for the research she produced during her MSc. Her current research focuses on the shared self-regulatory processes underlying weight-related behaviors, physical activity and eating behavior. Other areas of interest include body image role in weight control and associated behaviors, and motivational processes surrounding physical activity promotion in physical education classes. She has published 13 international peer-reviewed articles, was the author of one international book chapter, and a co-author of 2 additional international books chapters. She has collaborated in the European Commission funded project (FP7), SPOTLIGHT, focused on the identification of integrated health promotion strategies for sustainable behavior change contributing to prevention of overweight and obesity. She has also collaborated in one of the work packages another European Commission funded project (FP7), NoHow, designed to identify strategies and predictors of weight loss maintenance and to build/test a web-based toolkit for weight loss maintenance. In the past she collaborated in two FCT-funded projects, the PESO Study and the Portuguese National Weight Control Registry (helping in assessments)