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About Alina Rodriguez

Alina Rodriguez is a Professor in Psychology in College of Social Science. She received her PhD in Psychology at Uppsala University in Sweden.  Alina received training in Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London as a visiting scientist. She was later promoted to visiting professor, a post which she still holds.  Alina is interested in identifying causal risk factors for poor development in children.  This interest has led her to combine forces in numerous international collaborations and combine methodological strategies including psychological, epidemiological, and molecular.  Alina focuses on the prenatal environment and its influence on brain development, which later manifests as behavioural, cognitive, or emotional difficulties across the lifespan.  Alina takes into account the social environment particularly maternal health and well-being across the reproductive years.  Alina is also interested in physical health and examines the links between child obesity, growth and well-being.  She aims to identify factors amenable to change that can be translated into public health policy or intervention.  You can see more on ongoing research on

Department Responsibilities

Biological Psychology and Epidemiology Lectures in language development and antenatal risk factors and child neurodevelopment. Supervision of MSc and Doctoral students. UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Prof Rodriguez is currently considering applications from prospective PhD students and post-docs.  Please contact her!  RESEARCH PARTICIPANT OPPORTUNITY - We are launching a new study Mum-Baby Sleep Study Sleeping when you have a new baby can be tricky! We are interested in learning more about sleep quality in new mums and their babies. Our goal is to improve sleep quality for mums and babies. We are starting the Mum-Baby Sleep Study in August! Join our study offering £50 as compensation for your time and effort. Who can participate? Mum with approximately 3-month old baby. To learn more about the study, please contact me via email: University Academic Board - Member Athena Swan Award - Committee member

Subject Specialism

Developmental Psychology, Neurodevelopment, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Life Course Epidemiology, Pregnancy, Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health, Biological Psychology


  • PhD in Psychology — Uppsala University, Sweden,


Alina is a member of international consortia to identify genes relevant for child growth and health: EGG - Early Growth Genetics Consortium, EAGLE - Early Genetics & Life Course Epidemiology Consortium and she is a part of the Cognition & Behaviour Working Group of EAGLE.   She was invited to the international workgroup to develop a global plan of action for short- and long-term initiatives to improve birth outcomes—Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). Alina is active in the Global Burden of Disease which the most ambitious and most comprehensive epidemiological study to date.  The purpose is to inform scientists and policymakers of health needs in 188 countries. This is an on-going effort that tracks shifts in health status over time and region. As well as being a frequent referee for scientific journals including:  The Lancet, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, International Journal of Epidemiology, Biological Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Pediatrics, etc., she also acts as an expert referee for e.g. the European Science Foundation, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)—Brain & Cognition, and Social Safety Board, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – National Committee for Psychology, MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board, and Action Medical Research Foundation, UK. Alina is currently the UK Cortisol Network organiser.  She was Deputy Head of Scientific Program Committee for the 5th Conference on Epidemiological Longitudinal Studies in Europe (CELSE), held in Cyprus in 2010 and co-organiser of the Vth Annual International Swedish Symposium on Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society, “Ethics at the Beginning of Life” in 2003 in Stockholm. She is on the editorial board for Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. She was editor-in-chief of the Swedish translation of ASRS v1.1 (Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale) in collaboration with WHO and Harvard University, USA.

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Research Interests

  • ADHD

  • Cortisol

  • Depression

  • DOHaD

  • Epidemiology

  • Lifespan Development

  • Maternal and Child Health

  • Neurodevelopment

  • Obesity

  • Pregnancy

  • Stress

Research Projects

  • Understanding the dynamic determinants of glucose homeostasis and psychosocial capability to promote Healthy and active ageing — EU in 2015
  • Randomized Control Trial of internet self-help for depression in pregnancy — in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Imperial College London — visiting professor
  • Uppsala University, Sweden — visiting professor