Dr Teresa Gontijo de Castro


I am a dietitian with a masters degree and a PhD concluded in the area of Nutrition and Public Health (2007,University of Sao Paulo, Brazil).  From 2006-2014 I was employed as an adjunct professor at two Brazilian Universities (Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul). I have been working as a Researcher for the University of Auckland since July 2015 and I am currently working for the Discipline of Nutrition (School of Medical Sciences) and for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (School of Population Health). 

Research | Current

My research expertise/interests are: Nutritional Epidemiology, Monitoring Food Environments, Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Populations, Food and Nutritional Surveillance Systems.​ I am currently contributing to the following projects:

  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (May 2019-recent): Projects within the Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Salt Intake using Food Policies Interventions -George Institute for Global Health, Deakin Univerity, the University of Auckland (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Discipline of Nutrition (Feb 2019- recent): Projects on infant and childhood nutrition using the data of Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study (Senior Research Fellow)


Teaching | Current


Guest Lecturer in POPLHLTH305: Community Nutrition (2018; 2019)


Postgraduate Level

  • Year: 2008/2-Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, UFRGS, Brazil: Nutritional Epidemiology (Epi 67)
  • Year: 2008/2- Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, UFRGS, Brazil:Journal Club: Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Populations (EPI66)

Undergraduate Level

  • Years: 2009/2; 2010-2014 (both semesters)-UFMG, Brazil: Practical Integrative Activity C (ENB 028)
  • Years: 2009/2; 2010-2014 (both semesters) - UFMG, Brazil: Practical Monitored Activity C (EFM 049)
  • Years: 2009-2014 (both semesters) - UFMG, Brazil:Internship in Nutrition and Public Health (EFM 035)
  • Year: 2011/2- UFMG, Brazil: Epidemiology and Health of Indigenous Populations (Topics I: EFM045)
  • Year: 2009/2- UFMG, Brazil: Food and Nutritional Surveillance (Topics III: EFM045)
  • Years: 2007/1; 2008/1-UFRGS, Brazil:  Public Health Nutrition (MED 05007)
  • Years: 2007-2008 (both semesters)- UFRGS, Brazil:Internship in Collective Health and Nutrition
  • Year: 2007 (both Semesters)- UFRGS, Brazil: Fundamentals of Nutrition for the Care in Nursing

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate Students- In Progress

  • Masters (Sara Ferreira):Timing of introduction of complementary foods within GUiNZ study. Postgraduate Programme Nutrition and Public Health, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Start date: February 2018. 
  • Masters (Sarah Dodd): Purchases of sugary drinks, artificially sweetened drinks and bottled water in NZ. School of Population Health, University of Auckland (NZ). Start date: July 2019.

Postgraduate Students- Succcessful completions

  • PhD (Anabele Pires): Health and sociodemographic profile of under five years old and women in reproductive age, indigenous Pataxó from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Postgraduate Programme of Translational Medicine, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. September 2018. 
  • PhD -Sandwich period (Juliana Araujo Teixeira):Folic acid intake and the developmental origins of health and disease: a comparison between birth cohort studies in Brazil and New Zealand. University of Auckland. December 2017. 
  • PhD (Ema Fernandes): Childhood malnutrition determinants in the Commune of Bom Jesus, Angola, Africa: Application of a hierarchical model. Postgraduate Programme of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.October 2014. 
  • Masters (Camila Mazzetti):Nutritional status of the indigenous Pataxó from 05 villages from Minas Gerais, Brazil.Postgraduate Programme of Nursing, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. February 2015.
  • Masters (Patricia Dame): Food and Nutritional Surveillance System –SISVAN- of the Rio Grande do Sul State: coverage of the system, data reliability and nutritional status of children. Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. December 2009. 
  • Masters (Laura Barufaldi):Body Mass Index and values of bioelectrical impedance of children and adolescents indigenous Kaingang, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. December 2008. 


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gontijo de Castro, T., Mackay, S., Eyles, H., Young, L., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2020). Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink Beverages in New Zealand: Snapshot of Availability, Serve Size and Sugar Content in 2019. Paper presented at 2019 Annual Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand. 28 November - 29 November 2019. Proceedings, 2019, NSNZ 2019. (pp. 1). 10.3390/proceedings2019037007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Mackay, Helen Eyles, Cliona Ni Mhurchu
  • Gontijo de Castro, T., Gerritsen, S., Morton, S., Napier, C., & Wall, C. (2020). International infant feeding indicators: findings from the GUiNZ birth cohort study. Paper presented at World Public Health Nutrition Conference 2020, Brisbane, Australia. 31 March - 3 April 2020. WPHN Congress 2020- Abstract Book. (pp. 1). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51487
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Gerritsen, Susan Morton, Carin Napier
  • Mackay, S., Ni Mhurchu, C., Swinburn, B., Eyles, H., Young, L., & Gontijo de Castro, T. (2019). State of the Food Supply: New Zealand 2019. Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland.10.17608/k6.auckland.9636710.v1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47695
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Mackay, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Helen Eyles
  • Teixeira, J. A., Castro, T. G., Wall, C. R., Marchioni, D. M., Berry, S., Morton, S. M., & Grant, C. C. (2019). Effects of folic acid food fortification scenarios on the folate intake of a multi-ethnic pregnant population. Public health nutrition, 22 (4), 738-749. 10.1017/s1368980018003026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Clare Wall, Susan Morton, Paul Hofman
  • Castro, T. G., Grant, C. C., wall, C. R., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C. J., ... Morton, S. M. (2019). Breastfeeding indicators and associations with maternal sociodemographic characteristics: Results from Growing up in New Zealand cohort study. Paper presented at Conference of the New Zealand Lactant Consultants Association 2019, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 February - 23 February 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Emma Marks, Susan Morton
  • Chagas, C. A., Castro, T. G. D., Leite, M. S., Viana, M. A. C. B. M., Beinner, M. A., & Pimenta, A. M. (2019). [Estimated prevalence of hypertension and associated factors in Krenak indigenous adults in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil]. Cadernos de saude publica, 36 (1)10.1590/0102-311x00206818
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50048
  • Castro, T. G., & Cardoso, M. A. (2019). Lipideos (Lipids). In M. A. Cardoso, F. B. Scagliusi (Eds.) Nutricao e Dietetica (Nutrition and Dietetics) (pp. 47-60). Rio de Janeiro- Brazil: Guanabara Koogan. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47375
  • Asakura, L., Castro, T. G., Tomita, L. Y., & Cardoso, M. A. (2019). Vitaminas Lipossoluveis A, E e K (Lipossoluble Vitamins A,E and K). In M. A. Cardoso, F. B. Scagliusi (Eds.) Nutricao e Dietetica (Nutrition and Dietetics) (pp. 77-102). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Guanabara Koogan. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47374


Contact details

Primary office location

8 GRAFTON ROAD - Bldg 219
Level B, Room B01
New Zealand

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