Carina Rodrigues has a master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (2010) and completed her PhD in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, in 2021, with an individual grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
She is a member of the research group on Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology of the Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit) at ISPUP and on the Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health (ITR). Currently, she is a PhD researcher in the European project “RECAP: Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm” (H2020).
She started her professional activity in 2010, collaborating with the Portuguese birth cohort - Generation XXI. Then, between 2011 and 2015, she was researcher fellow under the scope of the European project “Effective Perinatal Intensive Care in Europe” (EPICE). She has been actively involved as a member of the research team in different international research projects: EPICE (FP7), SHIPS (H2020), RECAP preterm (H2020), IMAGINE Euro (WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health). She is the principal investigator of the national project "COVID-19 in pregnancy: obstetric and neonatal outcomes".
She is a full member of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists, specialized in Clinical and Health Psychology. She integrates the Mental Health and Psychosocial Emergency Team of Portuguese Red Cross - Delegation of Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, since 2015, with specific training on crisis intervention (participation in Pedrógão Grande Fire, 2017; COVID-19 pandemic, 2020).
She is especially interested in maternal and child health, particularly breastfeeding and prematurity, as well as in the psychosocial emergency response area.