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