Amanda Fernandes is an Epidemiologist expert on Urban Health. She is a Next-Generation Marie-Curie fellow leading the project “GREEN PRINTS: The pathways and biological mechanisms linking urban green spaces to childhood cognitive development”. GREEN PRINTS is the first Europe-wide study producing robust and comparable evidence on green space impact and biological mechanisms related to cognitive development in children (funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR).
Amanda Fernandes studied sports sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where she graduated with a diploma in 2013. She joined the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil to study urban health and evaluate the impact of a community-based program in low-income neighborhoods for her M.Sc (2015). In her doctoral work, Amanda Fernandes studied how daily mobility affects the assessment of environmental effects on health as a part of her internship at INSERM in Paris (2018). She returned to INSERM as a postdoc fellow on the MINDMAP study (2019) in ageing-related mental health and urban environment.
Lines of research
- Urban Green Spaces
- Child Cognitive development
- Urban Health
- Urban interventions design & evaluation
- Fernandes A, Ubalde-López M, Yang TC, McEachan RRC, Rashid R, Maitre L, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Vrijheid M. School-Based Interventions to Support Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Environments for Children: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023; 20(3):1746. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20031746
- Torres Toda M, Avraam D, James Cadman T, Fossati S, de Castro M, Dedele A, Donovan G, Elhakeem A, Estarlich M, Fernandes A, Gonçalves R, Grazuleviciene R, Harris JR, Harskamp-van Ginkel MW, Heude B, Ibarluzea J, Iñiguez C, Wv Jaddoe V, Lawlor D, Lertxundi A, Lepeule J, McEachan R, Moirano G, Lt Nader J, Nybo Andersen AM, Pedersen M, Pizzi C, Roumeliotaki T, Santos S, Sunyer J, Yang T, Vafeiadi M, Gm Vrijkotte T, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Vrijheid M, Foraster M, Dadvand P. Exposure to natural environments during pregnancy and birth outcomes in 11 European birth cohorts. Environ Int. 2022 Dec;170:107648. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2022.107648. Epub 2022 Nov 19. PMID: 36436464.
- Fernandes A., Van Lenthe F.J. Vallée J., Chaix B. (2020). Linking physical and social environments with mental health in old age: a multisensor approach for continuous real-life ecological and emotional assessment. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. J Published Online First: 04 November 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-214274
- Andrade A.C., Mingoti S.A., Fernandes A.; Andrade R., Friche A.G., Xavier C., Proietti F.A., Diez Roux A.V., Caiaffa W. (2018). Neighborhood-based physical activity differences: Evaluation of the effect of the health promotion program. PLoS One,13(2).doi : https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192115
- Fernandes A., Andrade A.C., Ramos C.G., Dias M.A., Friche A.A., Xavier C., Proietti F.A., Caiaffa W.(2015). Leisure- time physical activity in the vicinity of “Academias da Cidade Program” in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil: the impact of a health promotion program on the community. Cadernos de Saúde Pública Journal, 31,195 – 207