Rodriguez, Andrea


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Dr Andrea Rodriguez currently is a Lecturer in Social Psychology and Community Oral Health at School of Dentistry, University of Dundee. Before becoming an academic, she had over 15 years of direct experience in community work in Brazil, mostly in the fields of human rights, popular education, youth and health and social inequalities. She has 17 years of experience in community-based participatory research with vulnerable and estigmatized groups in the field of social representations, arts-based approach, violation of children and adolescents’ rights, inclusion oral helath, professional practice, policy design, co-production of homeless services, health promotion and homelessness.

Andrea’s teaching experiences combine research and practice to inform the training of students at UG and PG level, helath and social care practitioners, and policymakers. She has experience with Master and PhD supervision of national and international students.

 Andrea has 18 years of experience delivering training for non-academic audiences on strategies to increase social participation of minority groups, to promote health and to tackle inequalities and stigmatized practices.

Higher Education

 2007-2011          PhD in Social Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Research program: Psycho-social and Collective Processes. Human Rights, Youth and Professional Practices. Thesis: Labyrinths of drug trafficking: lives, practices and interventions. In search for ways out. UFRJ, 2011, 303p.


 1999-2001          Master’s in Psycho-sociology of Communities, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 Research program: Communities, Development, Environment and Social Inclusion. Dissertation: Analysis of the Life Course of Community Leaders: An Existential Approach. UFRJ / EICOS Program, 2001, 219p.


 1997 -2000         Post-graduate in Theory and Professional Practice in the Existential Psychotherapy Approach (360 hours with 200 hours of practice.)

Dissertation: Life trajectories of children in poverty. Rio de Janeiro, 2000, 46p.


1992-1998          Degree in Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monography: Domestic violence against children and adolescents. UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 92p.




  • Research Grant.
  • Project Title: ‘Making "Masculine" Pettah (Sri Lanka) More Inclusive: Familiarisation of Spaces by Women and Gender-nonconforming Persons to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Good Health and Wellbeing’.
  • PhD Scholarship (Kaushalya Herath). Period 2019-2022.
  • Sponsor:GCRF/SFC.
  • Grant Holders:Prof Fiona Kumari Campbell (PI), Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I).  
  • Value of the Grant: £ 105,430 


Research Grant. 

Project title: Helping Young People Feel at Home in Scotland: Building Collaborative and Integrated Services for Youth Homeless through a Reflexive Mapping Approach for Health and Social Care Integration.

Grant holder: Dr Andrea Rodriguez (PI), Ruth Freeman and Gerry Humphris (Co-I) 

Sponsor: Scottish University Insight Institute (SUII)

Period of the grant: 20th March to 15th Nov 2019

Value of grant: 17, 915.00

Available from:


Research Grant. Project title: “Mapping the aspects of oral health, health and psychosocial needs of homeless youth in Brazil: exploring experiences and policy learning for vulnerable youth affected by homelessness”.

Grant holder: Dr Andrea Rodriguez (PI), Ruth Freeman (Co-I)

Sponsor: Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF/SFC), UoD internal Mobility Award.

Period of the grant (with dates): March to Nov/2019

Value of grant: 7,315.00


Research Grant. Project title: Health and Social Care of People Experiencing Homelessness, dialogues between Brazil and Scotland.

Grant holder: Dr Nilza Rogeria Nunes (PI) and Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I)

Sponsor: PUC-Rio University, Brazil (Edital IEAHu )

Period: June to Nov/2019.

Value of Grant: R$ 10,000 (Real), aproximated £3.000


  • Research Grant
  • Project title: A Comparative Critical Policy Analysis on the Right to Health – ‘National Health Systems from a Comparative Perspective: studies of local, regional and participatory management’
  • Grant holders: Dr Fernando Fernandes (PI), Dr Ann Swinney (co-I), Andrea Rodriguez (Co-I) and Prof Ruth Freeman (Co-I)
  • Sponsor: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/FIOTEC
  • Period of the Grant: Sep 2017 to Dec 2019
  • Value of the grant: £ 19,113 


Research Grant. PhD Project title: "Labyrints of drug trafficking: lives, practices and interventions".

Grant holder: Dr Andrea Rodriguez (PI)

Sponsor: CAPES, Brazil

Period of the grant: March 2007 to Feb 2011

Value of the grant: £ 50.000

External positions

Associate Member

12 Jan 202011 Feb 2023


1 Jan 2020 → …

Invited Member

10 Dec 2018 → …

Invited member - steering group for working with people in risk , Dundee City Council

1 Jan 201830 Mar 2019

Invited Member

1 Apr 201730 Aug 2017

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1 Jan 2017 → …

Invited member - Joint Strategic commissioning for Homelessness, Dundee City Council

1 Dec 2015 → …

Academic member

26 Jan 2015 → …

Associate Researcher, Observatório de Favelas

1 Oct 2009 → …

Member of the Human Rights Commission

1 Mar 200030 Dec 2002


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