Ruben Rodriguez Cano

Academic interests

  • Clinical and Health Psychology

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Addictive behaviors

  • Social determinants of health

  • Health disparities

  • Cancer prevention

Dr. Rubén Rodríguez-Cano is a current Postdoc in the Psychosocial Determinants group at the PROMENTA Research Center (University of Oslo).

He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Before joining PROMENTA, he was granted with the CPRIT Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX. USA), where he investigated the effect of health risk factors, such as smoking or alcohol drinking, on smoking cessation context among cancer patients.

Ruben has clinical and research experience in substance abuse disorders and other mental health disorders since 2011. Previously, he also got trained expertise in children development and psychopathology at the Prevention and Promotion Service of Child Development and Early Intervention (SEPRODIAT; University of Murcia, Spain).

Currently, Ruben's primary research interests focus on elucidating and attenuating health disparities among vulnerable populations by examining the longitudinal interplay between substance use, mental health and psychosocial vulnerabilities. Within this model, Ruben is particularly interested in the efficacy of personalized interventions that help to reduce health risk behaviors (i.e., addictive behaviors) and their co-occurring psychopathology among socioeconomic marginalized groups of population.

Ruben is also interested in using research efforts to better inform health prevention policies (i.e., drug policy).


  • Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Project: Smoking cessation processes among cancer patients, 2018.

  • Fulbright and Xunta de Galicia Postdoctoral Fellowship. Project: Improvement of addictive disorders treatments: smoking cessation transdiagnostic model, 2018.

  • Research Training Grant from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain. Project title: Smoking relapse causes: depression, cigarette dependence and craving, 2013.

  • Young Researchers Fellowship from the University of Murcia (Spain). Project title: Effects of cannabis on memory among university students, 2011.

  • Undergraduate Research Collaborator from the Ministry of Education of Spain. Project title: Promotion and Intervention of children's development in kindergartens, 2010.

Funding Research

  • Smoking cessation psychological treatment with a smartphone app: A randomized control trial. Ministry of Economy and Industry of Spain. Role: Researcher collaborator, 2021.

  • Smoking cessation processes among cancer patients seeking smoking cessation treatment. Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the US National Cancer Institute. Role: Postdoctoral project, 2018.

  • Assessment of a psychological treatment for smoking cessation and depressive mood improvement. Role: Predoctoral trainee, 2015.

  • Smoking relapse causes among cigarette smokers. Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain. Role: Predoctoral trainee, 2013.

Tags: Clinical psychology, Health psychology, Drug policy


  • Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Martinez-Vispo, Carmela & Becoña, Elisardo (2021). Causes of smoking relapse in the 12 months after smoking cessation treatment: affective and cigarette dependence–related factors. Addictive Behaviours. ISSN 0306-4603. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106903
  • Martinez-Vispo, Carmela; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Senra, Carmen & Becoña, Elisardo (2021). Treatment completion and anxiety sensitivity effects on smoking cessation outcomes. Addictive Behaviours. ISSN 0306-4603. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106856
  • Rodriguez-Cano, Ruben; Paulus, Daniel J.; Derrick, Jaye; Blalock, Janice A. & Zvolensky, Michael J. (2021). Emotion dysregulation and hazardous drinking in relation to suicidal ideation among Spanish-speaking Latinx daily-smokers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. ISSN 0740-5472. 132(108508). doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108508
  • Mallah, Narmeen; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Figueras, Adolfo & Takkouche, Bahi (2021). Development and validation of a knowledge, attitude and practice questionnaire of personal use of tranquilizers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. ISSN 0376-8716. 224(108730). doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108730
  • Mallah, Narmeen; Rodriguez-Cano, Ruben; Badro, Danielle A.; Figueiras, Adolfo; Caamaño-Isorna, Francisco & Takkouche, Bahi (2021). Validation of the Arabic and French Versions of a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Questionnaire on Tranquilizer Misuse. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). ISSN 1661-7827. 18(11144). doi: 10.3390/%20ijerph182111144
  • Mallah, Narmeen; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Figueras, Adolfo & Takkouche, Bahi (2020). Design, Reliability and Construct Validity of a questionnaire on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of the general population in relation to the personal use of antibiotics in Spain. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-77769-6
  • Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Garey, Lorra G.; Shepherd, Justin M.; Bakhshaie, Jafar & Zvolensky, Michael J. (2020). The synergetic effect of alcohol consumption and cigarettes per day on smoking outcomes expectancies among Latinx adult smokers. . Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. ISSN 1533-2640. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2020.1815114
  • Hallford, Gerald; Bakhshaie, Jafar; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Shepherd, Justin; Schmidt, Norman B & Zvolensky, Michael J. (2020). A multiple mediation model of trait worry and hazardous drinking among treatment-seeking smokers: The roles of coping and conformity drinking motives. . Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. ISSN 1650-6073. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2020.1740315
  • Martinez-Vispo, Carmela; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Senra, Carmen; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Fernandez del Rio, Elena & Becoña, Elisardo (2020). Environmental reward and depressive symptoms in the relationship between avoidance and cigarette dependence in treatment-seeking smokers. . Psicothema. ISSN 0214-9915. doi: 10.7334/psicothema2019.292
  • Martinez-Vispo, Carmela; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Senra, Carmen; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Fernandez del Rio, Elena & Becoña, Elisardo (2020). Behavioral activation and smoking cessation outcomes: Role of depressive symptoms. Addictive Behaviours. ISSN 0306-4603. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106183
  • Cortés-García, Laura; Takkouche, Bahi; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben & Senra, Carmen (2020). Mediational mechanisms involved in the relation between attachment insecurity and depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. ISSN 0165-0327. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.08.082
  • Martinez-Vispo, Carmela; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Fernandez del Rio, Elena; Senra, Carmen & Becoña, Elisardo (2019). Effect of depressive symptoms and sex on the relationship between loneliness and cigarette dependence: A moderated mediation. Journal of Psychology. ISSN 0022-3980. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2019.1598929
  • Martinez-Vispo, Carmela; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Lopez-Duran, Ana; Senra, Carmen; Fernandez del Rio, Elena & Becoña, Elisardo (2019). Cognitive-behavioral treatment with behavioral activation for smoking cessation: Randomized controlled trial. . PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214252
  • Paulus, Daniel J.; Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Garza, Monica; Ochoa-Perez, Maria; Lemaire, Charles & Bakhshaie, Jafar [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Acculturation stress and alcohol use among Latino recruited from a primary care clinic: Moderations by emiten dysregulation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. ISSN 0002-9432. doi: 10.1037/ort0000378

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