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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

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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Projects 2019 2020

AustralianSuper - Data Visualisation

Gomes Da Mata, F.


Project: Research


Smith, L., Ip, E., Gomes Da Mata, F. & Jorgensen, B.


Project: Research

Research Output 2013 2018

6 Citations (Scopus)

Brain substrates of unhealthy versus healthy food choices: Influence of homeostatic status and body mass index

Harding, IH., Andrews, ZB., Mata, F., Orlandea, S., Martínez-Zalacaín, I., Soriano-Mas, C., Stice, E. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., 1 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Obesity. 42, 3, p. 448-454 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)

Cognitive and neuromodulation strategies for unhealthy eating and obesity: Systematic review and discussion of neurocognitive mechanisms

Forcano, L., Mata, F., de la Torre, R. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., 1 Apr 2018, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 87, p. 161-191 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Comparison of a Bioelectrical Impedance Device against the Reference Method Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry and Anthropometry for the Evaluation of Body Composition in Adults

Day, K., Kwok, A., Evans, A., Mata, F., Verdejo-Garcia, A., Hart, K., Ward, L. C. & Truby, H., 10 Oct 2018, In : Nutrients. 10, 10, 11 p., 1469.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Self-changing behaviour in smoking cessation linked to trait and cognitive impulsivity

Celma-Merola, J., Abella-Pons, F., Mata, F., Pedra-Pagés, G. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., Jan 2018, In : Addiction. 113, 1, p. 107-112 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Reduced Willingness to Expend Effort for Reward in Obesity: Link to Adherence to a 3-Month Weight Loss Intervention

Mata, F., Treadway, M., Kwok, A., Truby, H., Yücel, M., Stout, J. C. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., 1 Oct 2017, In : Obesity. 25, 10, p. 1676-1681 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review