Curriculum Vitae

Name Dr. Rita Amiel Castro
Address

University of Zurich

Dept. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Binzmuhlestr. 14/ 26
CH 8050 Zurich, Switzerland


E-mail: r.castro@psychologie.uzh.ch
Tel: +41-44-635 73 42

EDUCATION

2016-today                           

Master of Advanced Studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Behavioural Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. U. Ehlert).

2012-2016

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. U. Ehlert).

  • Supervisors: Prof. Ulrike Ehlert and Prof. Vivette Glover (Imperial College London, London UK)
2009-2010

Master’s Degree in Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

2008-2009

Postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of São Paulo, Clinics Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (HCFMUSP), São Paulo, Brazil.

2003-2007

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil.

2000-2002

High School Diploma, Archdiocesan School, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2016-today                

Senior Research Associate, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. U. Ehlert).

2012-2014

Visiting Researcher, Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, London, UK (Prof. Vivette Glover).

2011-2012

Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Unit, University Hospital of Bellvitge, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

2005-2006

Undergraduate Researcher, Brazilian program for scientific initiation. Educational Psychology Research Group, Department of Psychology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

03/2020-today

Coordinator, Psychological liaison service for the Department of Obstetrics and Neonatology at the University Hospital Zurich (USZ), Zurich, Switzerland.

2017-today             

Clinical Psychologist, Psychological liaison service for the Department of Obstetrics and Neonatology at the University Hospital Zurich (USZ), Zurich, Switzerland.

2017-today

Clinical Psychologist, Outpatient clinic for cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

2007

Psychology Intern, Department of Psychology, Maternity Hospital Hildete Falcão Batista (High-risk maternity), Aracaju, Brazil.

2007

Psychology Intern, Psychological Clinic of the Department of Psychology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil.

2007

Psychology Intern, Department of Psychology, General Hospital João Alves Filho (HUSE), Aracaju, Brazil.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

08/2020-today University of Zurich, Co-supervisor of 1 PhD student (UZH) and Mentor of 1 PhD student (USA).
2017-today                

University of Zurich, Main responsible for administration of the guest lectures at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Guest colloquium.

2016-today

 

University of Zurich, Course coordinator for all seminars and lectures at the BSc and MSc level at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

2015-today University of Zurich, Lecturer for several BSc and MSc courses on topics related to mental disorders and biopsychological methods. 
2015-today

University of Zurich, Supervisor of 14 BSc and 7 MSc theses.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Peer Mentoring Award with Dr. N.Schaal, German Society for Behavioral Medicine 2021.

Graduate Campus Workshop Grant with Dr. C. Kilikelly & Dr. R. Bachem, 2020.

Research grant with Prof. U. Ehlert , MAIORES Foundation 2019, 2019-2021.

GRC Travel Grant 2019, University of Zurich, Research stay at Uppsala University in November 2019.

Research Grant with Prof. U. Ehlert, University of Zurich Foundation for Research in Science and the Humanities, 2018.

Best Poster Presentation, International Marcé Society Conference, Bangalore, India, 2018.  

Travel Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich, 7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health, Dublin, Ireland, 2017.

Travel Award, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016 International Marcé Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2016.

PhD Travel Award, Institute of Psychology, University of Zürich, 2014 International Marcé Society Conference, Swansea, Wales, 2014.

AGAUR predoctoral fellowship, Catalonian Government, Spain, 2011- 2012.

FUNDAP fellowship for young professionals, Clinic Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Government, Brazil, 2008-2009.

PIBIC studentship for undergraduate researchers, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazilian Government, 2005-2006.

 

AD HOC REVIEWER

Frontiers in Psychiatry (Review Editor), Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, British Journal of Psychiatry Open, Open Journal of Nutritional Health and Food Engineering, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, International Journal of Women's Health, Stress and Health, Plos One, Archives of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Psychological Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Maternal mental health and foetal programming

Perinatal psychology

Lactational programming and infant neurodevelopment

 

MEMBERSHIPS

The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

American Psychological Society (APA) – Division 7

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Work-Family Research Network

German Society for Behavioral Medicine (DGVM)

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research (SSECR)