Bárbara Machado


Bárbara Cesar Machado’s research interests have been focused on Eating Disorders since her Masters Thesis. She has been working with an expert team focused on the study of Eating Disorders prevalence, ethiopathology, and comorbidity aiming to achieve a comprehensive understanding of key developmental pathways for Eating Disorders based on risk factors. Her research work was conducted in association with several research grants from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: “Eating disorders: Assessment, Risk Factors and Intervention Program”, “Epidemiology of Eating Disorders in Portugal: Incidence, Prevalence, Risk Factors and Pathways of Care” and a PhD Grant focused on the study of Anorexia Nervosa Risk Factors. Since then, her research works have included several contributions in the field of Eating Disorders study. She was involved in the study of the prevalence of Eating Disorders (Machado, Machado, Gonçalves, & Hoek, 2007) and picky eating (Machado, Dias, Lima, Campos & Gonçalves, 2016). Her contributions were also related to the study of dysregulated behaviors in Bulimia Nervosa. More recently, her research outputs were focused on the study of risk factors and antecedent life events in the development of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia versus Bulimia Nervosa. She is also starting to develop research contributions on the field of maladaptive behaviors as an attempt to self-regulate emotional responses. Considering the research focus on Eating Disorders, her research work effort is to consider the convergence of Portuguese findings with previous reports on the clarification of the specificity of eating disorders risk factors in addition to the several risk pathways, trying to clarify the characteristics that should be considered in targeting high-risk groups and improving the effectiveness of tailored prevention programs for Eating Disorders and their specific pathology.

Scientific areas of activity
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Epidemiology and etiopathology
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Psychological assessment and intervention
Academic CV

Research Centre for Human Development (CEDH)

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