Widjane Ferreira Goncalves

    PhD Student

    BSp&ExSc, MHSc

    Project Title:  Weight Status and Obesity-Related Behaviours in Pre-Schooler Children from Rural Brazil: Influence of Parents and Child Care Environment

    Widjane commenced her PhD at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in November 2017. She was granted an Epoch – CRE scholarship and she is currently based at Queensland Centre for Children’s Health Research with her supervisors Professor Stewart Trost and Dr Rebecca Byrne. The primary focus of her PhD is to analyse parental health behaviours and parenting practices in rural Brazilian families living in the municipality of Caruaru in Pernambuco, focusing on children aged 3 to 6 years old. The research will include the investigation of the inter-relationships between parental health behaviours, domain-specific parenting practices, and children’s physical activity, screen time, eating and sleep. The way these characteristics impact children’s BMI z-score, waist circumference and triceps and subscapular skinfold measures will also be considered. The results will inform decision-makers in public health and will explore the need for intervention programs targeting parenting practices and obesity-related behaviours in families located in the countryside surrounding Caruaru. Widjane is a professional in Sports and Exercise Science and she is completing her Master’s in Health Sciences at Federal University of Pernambuco – Brazil. During her exchange program to Australia (2013-2014) she participated in a research placement mainly in the programs, PEACH – Parenting, Eating & Activity for Child Health and LEAPS – Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep with QUT. She has experience on Public Health, with emphasis on the following topics: Parenting practices; Obesity-related behaviours; Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity; and Lifestyle and Health.