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Dr Sandhya Ramrakha

Sandhya-RamrakhaPhone +64 3 479 5019
Email sandhya.ramrakha@otago.ac.nz

Sandhya is the Research manager for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Her role includes research administrative support to the Director and to the Dunedin Study Theme leaders, as well as the management of the assessment phases of the Dunedin Study. She has previously worked as a clinical psychologist in the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services in Australia.

Research Interests

Sandhya's PhD used Dunedin Study data to examine the links between mental and sexual health, with specific reference to risky sexual behaviour. Her current research interest involves examining the mental health and psychosocial correlates and consequences of skin conditions.

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Publications

Schaefer, J. D., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Harrington, H., Houts, R., Horwood, L. J., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Enduring mental health: Prevalence and prediction. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(2), 212-224. doi: 10.1037/abn0000232

Belsky, D. W., Caspi, A., Cohen, H. J., Kraus, W. E., Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Impact of early personal-history characteristics on the pace of aging: Implications for clinical trials of therapies to slow aging and extend healthspan. Aging Cell. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acel.12591

Williams, M. J. A., Milne, B. J., Ambler, A., Theodore, R., Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., & Poulton, R. (2017). Childhood body mass index and endothelial dysfunction evaluated by peripheral arterial tonometry in early midlife. International Journal of Obesity, 41(9), 1355-1360. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.108

Reuben, A., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Broadbent, J., Harrington, H., Sugden, K., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Association of childhood blood lead levels with cognitive function and socioeconomic status at age 38 years and with IQ change and socioeconomic mobility between childhood and adulthood. JAMA, 317(12), 1244-1251. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.1712

Schaefer, J. D., Scult, M. A., Caspi, A., Arseneault, L., Belsky, D. W., Hariri, A. R., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Is low cognitive functioning a predictor or consequence of major depressive disorder? A test in two longitudinal birth cohorts. Development & Psychopathology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s095457941700164x

Journal - Research Article

Schaefer, J. D., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Harrington, H., Houts, R., Horwood, L. J., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Enduring mental health: Prevalence and prediction. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(2), 212-224. doi: 10.1037/abn0000232

Schaefer, J. D., Scult, M. A., Caspi, A., Arseneault, L., Belsky, D. W., Hariri, A. R., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Is low cognitive functioning a predictor or consequence of major depressive disorder? A test in two longitudinal birth cohorts. Development & Psychopathology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s095457941700164x

Reuben, A., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Broadbent, J., Harrington, H., Sugden, K., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Association of childhood blood lead levels with cognitive function and socioeconomic status at age 38 years and with IQ change and socioeconomic mobility between childhood and adulthood. JAMA, 317(12), 1244-1251. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.1712

Williams, M. J. A., Milne, B. J., Ambler, A., Theodore, R., Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., & Poulton, R. (2017). Childhood body mass index and endothelial dysfunction evaluated by peripheral arterial tonometry in early midlife. International Journal of Obesity, 41(9), 1355-1360. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.108

Belsky, D. W., Caspi, A., Cohen, H. J., Kraus, W. E., Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Impact of early personal-history characteristics on the pace of aging: Implications for clinical trials of therapies to slow aging and extend healthspan. Aging Cell. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acel.12591

Meier, M. H., Caspi, A., Cerdá, M., Hancox, R. J., Harrington, H., Houts, R., Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., Thomson, W. M., & Moffitt, T. E. (2016). Associations between cannabis use and physical health problems in early midlife: A longitudinal comparison of persistent cannabis vs tobacco users. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(7), 731-740. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0637

Cerdá, M., Moffitt, T. E., Meier, M. H., Harrington, H., Houts, R., Ramrakha, S., Hogan, S., Poulton, R., & Caspi, A. (2016). Persistent cannabis dependence and alcohol dependence represent risks for midlife economic and social problems: A longitudinal cohort study. Clinical Psychological Science, 4(6), 1028-1046. doi: 10.1177/2167702616630958

Belsky, D. W., Moffitt, T. E., Corcoran, D. L., Domingue, B., Harrington, H., Hogan, S., … Ramrakha, S., … Poulton, R., & Caspi, A. (2016). The genetics of success: How single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with educational attainment relate to life-course development. Psychological Science, 27(7), 957-972. doi: 10.1177/0956797616643070

Beckley, A. L., Caspi, A., Harrington, H., Houts, R. M., Mcgee, T. R., Morgan, N., … Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2016). Adult-onset offenders: Is a tailored theory warranted? Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 64-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2016.03.001

Reuben, A., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Harrington, H., Schroeder, F., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Danese, A. (2016). Lest we forget: Comparing retrospective and prospective assessments of adverse childhood experiences in the prediction of adult health. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 57(10), 1103-1112. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12621

Caspi, A., Houts, R. M., Belsky, D. W., Harrington, H., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2016). Childhood forecasting of a small segment of the population with large economic burden. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 0005. doi: 10.1038/s41562-016-0005

Broadbent, J. M., Zeng, J., Foster Page, L. A., Baker, S. R., Ramrakha, S., & Thomson, W. M. (2016). Oral health-related beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes through the life course. Journal of Dental Research, 95(7), 808-813. doi: 10.1177/0022034516634663

Moffitt, T. E., Houts, R., Asherson, P., Belsky, D. W., Corcoran, D. L., Hammerle, M., Harrington, H. L., Hogan, S., … Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., … Caspi, A. (2015). Is adult ADHD a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder? Evidence from a four-decade longitudinal cohort study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(10), 967-977. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.14101266

Theodore, R. F., Broadbent, J., Nagin, D., Ambler, A., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., … Williams, M. J. A., Harrington, H., Moffitt, T. E., … Milne, B., & Poulton, R. (2015). Childhood to early-midlife systolic blood pressure trajectories: Early-life predictors, effect modifiers, and adult cardiovascular outcomes. Hypertension, 66, 1108-1115. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.05831

Broadbent, J. M., Thomson, W. M., Ramrakha, S., Moffitt, T. E., Zeng, J., Foster Page, L. A., & Poulton, R. (2015). Community water fluoridation and intelligence: Prospective study in New Zealand. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1), 72-76. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2013.301857

Caspi, A., Houts, R. M., Belsky, D. W., Goldman-Mellor, S. J., Harrington, H., Israel, S., … Ramrakha, S., … Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2014). The p factor: One general psychopathology factor in the structure of psychiatric disorders? Clinical Psychological Science, 2(2), 119-137. doi: 10.1177/2167702613497473

Israel, S., Caspi, A., Belsky, D. W., Harrington, H., Hogan, S., Houts, R., Ramrakha, S., … Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2014). Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk, and human capital. PNAS, 111(48), 17087-17092. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1409794111

Shalev, I., Caspi, A., Ambler, A., Belsky, D. W., Chapple, S., Cohen, H. J., … Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., … Moffitt, T. E. (2014). Perinatal complications and aging indicators by midlife. Pediatrics, 134(5), e1315-e1323. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1669

Ramrakha, S., Paul, C., Bell, M. L., Dickson, N., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2013). The relationship between multiple sex partners and anxiety, depression, and substance dependence disorders: A cohort study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(5), 863-872. doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-0053-1

Belsky, D. W., Caspi, A., Goldman-Mellor, S., Meier, M. H., Ramrakha, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2013). Is obesity associated with a decline in intelligence quotient during the first half of the life course? American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(9), 1461-1468. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt135

Ramrakha, S., Bell, M. L., Paul, C., Dickson, N., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2007). Childhood behavior problems linked to sexual risk taking in young adulthood: A birth cohort study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(10), 1272-1279.

Ramrakha, S. K., Caspi, A., Dickson, N. P., Moffitt, T. E., & Paul, C. E. (2000). Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: Cross sectional study in birth cohort. British Medical Journal, 321, 263-266.

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Journal - Research Other

Ramrakha, S., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Dalgard, F., Ambler, A., Kokaua, J., Milne, B. J., & Poulton, R. (2016). Cumulative mental health consequences of acne: 23-year follow-up in a general population birth cohort study. British Journal of Dermatology, 175(15), 1079-1081. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13786

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Broadbent, J. M., Zeng, J., Foster Page, L. A., Baker, S. R., Ramrakha, S., & Thomson, W. M. (2016). Oral-health-related beliefs, behaviours and outcomes: A life-course study. Proceedings of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute Research Symposium. (pp. 11). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/sjwri/news/otago621026

Shin, H. H., Ramrakha, S., & Hancox, R. J. (2015). The overlap of hyperventilation syndrome with asthma and anxiety. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1427). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ramrakha, S. (2014). Acne and mental health disorders in a longitudinal general population sample. Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP). (pp. 74). Retrieved from http://www.esdap2013.org

Ramrakha, S., Paul, C., Bell, M., Dickson, N., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2011). The relationship between multiple sex partners and anxiety, depression and substance dependence disorders: A cohort study. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 8(Suppl. 3), (pp. 258). doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02325.x

Ramrakha, S., Paul, C., Dickson, N., Bell, M. L., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2007). Can sexual risk taking result in mental health problems? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(Suppl. 2), (pp. A254). doi: 10.1080/00048670701724647

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ramrakha, S. (2014, February). Acne and mental health: Is there a link and does it persist into adulthood? Verbal presentation at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine In-House Convention, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ramrakha, S., Bell, M., Paul, C., Dickson, N., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (2007, August). Childhood behaviour problems linked to sexual risk taking in young adulthood in a birth cohort study. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Sexual Health 29th Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Ramrakha, S., Paul, C., Dickson, N., Bell, M., Moffitt, T., & Caspi, A. (2007, June). Childhood behaviour problems linked to sexual risk taking in young adulthood: A birth cohort study. Verbal presentation at the Children's Issues Centre Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ramrakha, S. (2006, December). Mental health and sexual risk behaviours. Verbal presentation at the Sexual Health Research Network Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Ramrakha, S. (2009). The link between mental health problems and sexual risk taking in a general population sample (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 256p.

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