Ruben Rodriguez Cano

Faglige interesser

  • 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.


  • 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.

Emneord: Avdeling for helse- utviklings- og personlighetspsykologi, Klinisk psykologi, Helsepsykologi, Ruspolitikk
Publisert 24. mars 2021 08:20