Dr. Furtado received a B.A. in Physical Education from the Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, PR - Brazil. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Motor Behavior from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Furtado’s line of research focuses on two main areas: (1) validation of observational models in psychomotor assessment instruments and (2) the relationship between motor skill competence, perceived motor competence, physical activity levels, and body composition.


  • Motor Behavior
  • Motor Skill Assessment
  • Physical Activity
  • Body Composition
  • Statistics


  • Ph.D. in Motor Behavior, 2009

    University of Pittsburgh

  • M.S. in Motor Behavior, 2004

    University of Pittsburgh

  • B.A. in Physical Education K-12, 1998

    Federal University of Parana - Brazil



Associate Professor

Cal State Northridge

Aug 2013 – Present Northridge, CA
Teaches motor behavior and statistics courses.

Associate Professor

Eastern Illinois University

Aug 2007 – Jun 2013 Charleston, IL
Taught motor behavior and statistics courses.

Physical Educator Teacher K-12

Falk Lab School

Aug 2006 – Jun 2007 Pittsburgh, PA
Taught motor skill development for children K-12.

Kinder Kinetics Movement Program Co-Director

University of Pittsburgh

Aug 2006 – Jun 2007 Pittsburgh, PA

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