Dr Rodrigo Ramalho



I am based in the Department of Social and Community Health at the School of Population Health. I graduated as a psychiatrist in Paraguay. As a psychiatrist, I worked in several settings, including rural mental health and addiction services. I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland.

Informed by a critical theory perspective, my teaching, research, and publications aim to contribute to the development of person and community-centred, ground-up, and culturally and contextually responsive health policies and health care. 

My main professional interests include mental health, addiction, migrant communities, and grounded theory.

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH 737: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

POPLPRAC 708: Assessment and Intervention with Addiction 

POPLPRAC 707: Theory and Skills in Counselling Practice


Postgraduate supervision

In progress:

  • Dizon, L. Supporting 1.5 and second-generation Southeast Asian migrant adolescents through negotiating ethnic identity.
  • Rojas, J. The link between context, regulatory systems, and intimate partner violence


2019. Butland Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching

Recipient of The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

2015. 11th Ain Shams International Congress. Early Career Psychiatrists Award. Cairo, Egypt

2013. WPA International Congress. Early Career Psychiatrists Fellowship Programme. Istanbul, Turkey

2008. WPA World Congress of Psychiatry. WPA Young Psychiatric Council Member. Prague, Czech Republic

2008. XXV Congress of the Latin American Psychiatric Association (APAL). Latin American Fellows Program Delegate. Isla Margarita, Venezuela

2008. XXIV Argentinian Congress of Psychiatry. 5th Edition of the Young Psychiatrists and Trainees Development Program of the Association of Argentinian Psychiatrists (APSA). Mar del Plata. Argentina


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, Centre For Addiction Research. The University of Auckland

Founder, Grounded Theory Network. The University of Auckland

Co-Founder, Coalición Paraguay Sin Tabaquismo

Board Member, Section on Preventive Psychiatry and Mental Health Promotion. World Psychiatric Association

Member, Section on Education in Psychiatry. World Psychiatric Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ramalho, R., Adiukwu, F., Gashi Bytyçi D, El Hayek, S., Gonzalez-Diaz, J. M., Larnaout, A., ... Pereira-Sanchez, V. (2020). Telepsychiatry and healthcare access inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 53. Related URL.
  • Ransing, R., Ramalho, R., Orsolini, L., Adiukwu, F., Gonzalez-Diaz, J. M., Larnaout, A., ... Shalbafan, M. (2020). Can COVID-19 related mental health issues be measured?. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, online first10.1016/j.bbi.2020.05.049
  • McLaughlan, D., Finch, E., Krausz, M. R., Rataemane, S., vanden Brink, W., Strang, J., ... Myers, B. (2017). World Psychiatric Association Position Statement on Substance Use Disorders. http://wpanet.org/uploads/Position_Statement/WPA%20position%20statement%20Addictions%2003102017.pdf. Related URL.
  • Ramalho, R. (2017). Addictions and health inequities. The case of tobacco. Paper presented at 1st National Seminar. Recreational, Controversial, and Problematic Consumptions. Consequences in Health and Social Policy, Universidad Catolica de Asuncion, Paraguay.
  • Ramalho, R., Montenegro, R., Djordjevic, V., Braš M, & Christodoulou, N. (2017). Person-centered psychiatric education. In J. E. Mezzich, M. Botbol, G. N. Christodoulou, R. Cloninger, I. M. Salloum (Eds.) Person centered psychiatry (pp. 539-549). Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-39724-5_39
  • Ramalho, R. (2015). Tobacco prevention programs: the importance of sociocultural context. Paper presented at 4th East European Psychiatric Congress & 3rd Preventive Psychiatry International Congress, Athens, Greece. 12 November - 15 December 2015. Related URL.
  • Ramalho, R., Adams, P., Huggard, P., & Hoare, K. (2015). Literature review and constructivist grounded theory methodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 16 (3).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Huggard
  • Christodoulou, N., & Ramalho, R. (2012). Changement de paradigme d'une médecine préventive centrée sur la maladie à une médecine préventive centrée sur la personne. In S. D. Kipman, J. E. Mezzich (Eds.) Médecine de la personne: un manifeste collectif qui s'adresse aux médecins, soignants, malades et décideurs (ou ceux qui se pensent tels) (pp. 47-54). Paris: Doin.


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1008
New Zealand

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