Rodrigo Ramalho

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Rodrigo Ramalho is a Professional Teaching Fellow based in Social and Community Health at the School of Population Health at the Tamaki campus. As a psychiatrist, he worked in a number of settings including Rural Mental Health & Addiction Services.

More recently, Rodrigo had joined the PhD Programme in the Department of Social and Community Health. His PhD research looks at the processes involved in smoking cessation and becoming a non-smoker. Rodrigo's research and publications had focused on contributing to the development of a more person-centred and contextualised approach to health care, with a progressive emphasis in mental health and addictions. His current research interests include mental health, addictions, tobacco smoking, and psycho-social aspects of illness and well-being.

Teaching | Current

I coordinate the following courses: POPLPRAC 708: Assessment and Intervention with Addiction, and POPLHLTH 737 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.


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 Psychiatryc 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

Founding Member, Grounded Theory Network. The University of Auckland

Board Member, Section on Preventive Psychiatry. World Psychiatric Association

Member, Section on Education in Psychiatry. World Psychiatric Association

Member, Early Career Psychiatrists Section. World Psychiatric Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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. 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.
  • Braš M, Đorđević V, Ruiz-Moral, R., Deveugele, M., & Ramalho, R. (2017). The role of communication. In J. E. Mezzich, M. Botbol, G. N. Christodoulou, R. Cloninger, I. M. Salloum (Eds.) Person centered psychiatry (pp. 67-76). Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-39724-5_6
  • 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
  • Ramalho, R., Adams, P., & Huggard, P. (2014). The practice of not smoking. Paper presented at 5th National Addiction Research Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 14 March - 14 March 2014.
    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.