Fernanda Gomes Da Mata



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Fernanda has a PhD in Psychology from Monash University and a Master’s degree in Neurosciences from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). 


During her PhD, Fernanda conducted multiple studies investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in food-based decision-making in youth, with the aim to inform the development of novel treatment and prevention programs at promoting healthy eating behaviour. Her PhD has resulted in several scientific publications in world-renowned journals and nomination of her thesis for Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal, Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence and Dean’s Award for Thesis Excellence. 


Before joining BehaviourWorks, Fernanda worked as a Research Consultant at leading market research firm in Australia, renowned for its innovation and ground breaking initiatives. Her work focused on designing and executing impactful research programs to understand consumer behaviour and decision-making, to solve complex business problems, all with the ultimate aim of driving behaviour change.


With her academic background and consultancy experience, Fernanda has developed an intimate understanding of how research programs can be executed and applied to provide evidence-based solutions to real-world problems. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Cognitive Control in Youth Obesity, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 17 Mar 2017

External positions

Research Consultant, Forethought Research

1 Mar 201717 May 2019

Research area keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Policy studies in education/training and work
  • Marketing Science

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