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Sandhya-RamrakhaPhone +64 3 479 5019

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.


Ruiz, B., Broadbent, J. M., Thomson, W. M., Ramrakha, S., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., & Poulton, R. (2023). Childhood caries is associated with poor health and a faster pace of aging by midlife. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12591

Knodt, A., Elliott, M. L., Whitman, E. T., Winn, A., Addae, A., Ireland, D., Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., & Hariri, A. R. (2023). Test-retest reliability and predictive utility of a macroscale principal functional connectivity gradient. Human Brain Mapping. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/hbm.26517

Theadom, A., Barker-Collo, S., Parag, V., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., & Poulton, R. (2023). Mild traumatic brain injury does not significantly affect midlife cognitive functioning within the general population: Findings from a prospective longitudinal birth cohort study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/htr.0000000000000875

Brennan, G. M., Moffitt, T. E., Ambler, A., Harrington, H., Hogan, S., Houts, R. M., Mani, R., Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., & Caspi, A. (2023). Tracing the origins of midlife despair: Association of psychopathology during adolescence with a syndrome of despair-related maladies at midlife. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0033291723001320

Whitman, E. T., Knodt, A. R., Elliott, M. L., Abraham, W. C., Cheyne, K., Hogan, S., Ireland, D., Keenan, R., Leung, J. H., Melzer, T. R., Poulton, R., Purdy, S., Ramrakha, S., … Hariri, A. R. (2023). Functional topography of the neocortex predicts covariation in complex cognitive and basic motor abilities. Cerebral Cortex, 33, 8218-8231. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhad109

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