Dr Andrea Rodriguez has a First degree in Psychology (1998) from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Master degree in Psycho-sociology of Communities (2001) and a PhD in Social Psychology (2011) at same university in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her academic and professional experience has a strong connection with Third Sector organizations and Government agencies working with social inequalities, stigmatized groups, professional development, community engagement models and violence reduction.
For many years she has worked with vulnerable groups, residents in favelas (slums), young offenders and children victims of violence.
She has also studied team strategies and approaches used by practitioners from different backgrounds working with marginalized groups in these territories. Her professional practice involves the work in social projects as a psychologist, supervisor, coordinator and consultant on field of youth and violence.
Currently she is working as a Research Fellow in Smile4life Programme.
This is an oral health improvement programme to promote health and psycho-social well-being for people experiencing homelessness in Scotland.
Her academic studies, both Masters and PhD, were motivated by the work in Brazilian favelas and she has tried to combine theory and practice translating research into a social transformation in specific environments involving poverty, violence and social inequalities.
In her Masters she developed an analysis of life trajectory of community leaders in favelas in order to understand the profile of those leaders and how their actions had an impact in terms of mobilising people engaged with the development of their communities.
In her PhD she has developed extensive research on life changing processes and overcoming stigmas, in particular with regards the entrance and exit of criminal life of youth residents in deprived areas.
She has also studied team strategies and approaches used by practitioners from different fields of knowledge and intervention to engage and support these groups to improve their lives.
In 2014 she worked as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant at School of Environment to document violations against children, adolescents and their families in the context of World Cup in Brazil.
Her current field of research is generally related to Homelessness with special interest in the areas of social inequalities, oral health, psycho-social well-being, Third sector links, service users’ engagement and overcoming stigmas.
Fernandes, F.L. and Rodriguez, A. (2015). The “lost generation” and the challenges in working with marginalised groups. Learnt lessons from Brazilian Favelas. Radical Community Work Journal, Vol.1 (n1). [Online]
Rodriguez, A. (2013). Labyrinth of trafficking: lives, practices and interventions. 7 Letras Publisher, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 196p.
Rodriguez, A., Cruz, A., Aragão, C., Melicio, T. and Arruda, A. (2013) Views on the Favela: the intervention experience at School of Popular Photography in Maré. Revista Psicologia: Teoria e Prática, 15(3), 107-117. São Paulo, S.P. Available online at: http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/ptp/article/view/4370
Fernandes, F.L., Rodriguez, A. and Silva, J. (2011) Young drug dealers’ social networks and their relationship with drugs. Reflections from Escape Routes programme. In Silva, E.A. and De Micheli, D. Adolescence use and abuse of drugs: an integrated overview, São Paulo, Editora Fap-Unifesp, pp. 337-356.
Rodriguez, A., Ferreira Sodre, R., and Arruda, A. (2011) Social Represenations and Territory in the Forbidden Funk Lyrics. Psicologia em Revista, v.17, p.414-432. Available online at: http://pepsic.bvsalud.org/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S1677-11682...
Nascimento, R.C., Willadino, R.B., Rodriguez, A., HENRIQUES, M. (2010) Escape Routes. Alternatives and Propositions. Saúde e Direitos Humanos, v. 1, p. 45-56. Available online at: http://bvsms.saude.gov.br/bvs/periodicos/saude_direitos_humanos_ano6_n6.pdf
Fernandes, F.L. and Rodriguez, A. (2009). Escape Routes: Lessons Learned From the Development of Prevention Methodologies and the Creation of Alternatives for Adolescents and Youngsters Involved in Drug Trafficking, Observatório de Favelas; International Labour Organization, Brasília; Geneva. Bilingual edition (Portuguese/English)
Rodriguez, A. (2009) The Routes Network: challenges and possibilities of working in network. In: Fernandes, F.L. (organizer) Life Valuation Network – Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Observatório de Favelas; Brazilian Government Human Rights Secretariat.
Rodriguez, A., Fernandes, F.L., Aleixo, A. (2009) Vida Real Institute: offering opportunities for youngsters in Favela da Mare. In: Fernandes, F.L. (2009b) (organizer) Life Valuation Network – Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Observatório de Favelas; Brazilian Government Human Rights Secretariat.
Rodriguez, A. and Arruda, A. (2007) Labyrinths of Trafficking. Youth involved in crime: motivations, ingress and belonging. Revista Debates Sociais, v. 1, p. 67-92. Available online at: http://www.cbciss.org/documents/debates%20sociais/67-68/Debates%20Sociai...
Rodriguez, A. (2015) Smil4life Programme: outcomes and future actions. "Training event: Working in Partnership with Smile4life: better care for homeless people. Integrating health and social care”. University of Dundee and NHS Education for Scotland. Dundee
Rodriguez, A. (2014) The role of values, feelings and emotions in research and professional practice: engagement and commitment with social changes. MSc Educational Psychology Programme. School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. University of Dundee
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Labyrinths of Drug Trafficking: the youth’s lives involved in illegal activities. Is there exit for them? Social Dimensions of Health Institute – SDHI, University of Dundee
Rodriguez, A. (2014) The practice from professionals working in slums. Workshop: Challenges, Dilemmas and Potentialities on the work with youths involved in crimes. NGO Luta Pela Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Workshop: The role of emotions on professional practice. NGO Luta Pela Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Dealing with the emotions during professional practice in health: commitment and engagement with social changes. MSc Family Health programme. Estacio de Sa University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rodriguez, A (2014) Violations against Children in the Context of Mega Sporting Events. Social Psychology Module. School of Psychology. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Children’s Rights and Participation. Geography department, School of the Environment. University of Dundee.
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Understanding Life Contexts and Working in Dialogues with Communities. MSC Health Promotion/ School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. University of Dundee.
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Winning the Game: Human Rights, Childhood and the World Cup in Brazil. Mini Conference on Brazilian Childhoods. Transforming Childhoods Research Network. School of the Environment, University of Dundee.
Rodriguez, A. (2014) Winning the game: Human Rights, Childhood and World Cup in Brazil. Roundtable “Collecting Evidence on Both Positive and Negative Effects of Mega Sporting Events on Children”. NGO Terre des Hommes, Berlin.
Rodriguez, A. (2013). Labyrinths of Trafficking: lives, practices and interventions. In search for ways out. Seminar Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions. School of Educational, Social Work and Community Education. Dundee, UK.
Rodriguez, A. (2012). Labyrinths of Trafficking: escape routes created by young people residents in favelas. Life experiences, Social representations and exit of crime. XI International Conference on Social Representations. Évora University, Portugal.
Rodriguez, A. (2012). Workshop Professional Practices in Favelas. Challenges, dilemmas and opportunities. Regional Council of Psychology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rodriguez, A. (2011). Labyrinths of Trafficking: lives, practices and interventions. Extension Programme Interdisciplinary of Actions for Citizenship. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rodriguez, A. (2011). Representations of lives on Drug Trafficking: exit processes. School of Management Socio-educational Paulo Freire. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Arruda, A.; Rodriguez, A.; Cruz, A.; Aragão, C.; and Livramento, T. (2010). Producing views with popular photographers. IV JUBRA International Symposium on Brazilian Youth. PUC- Minas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.