Lymarie Rodriquez-Morales

Dr Lymarie Rodriquez-Morales BA, MA, MPH, PhD

Lecturer in Psychology


Tel: +44 (0) 01792 482107


  • Module leader
  • Lecturer
  • Personal tutor

My academic background is in Psychology with a research focus on mental health and wellbeing in young people. I studied social sciences, research methods in psychology and public health at the University of Puerto Rico. I completed my PhD at Birkbeck University of London with a research project focusing on young men’s experience of recovery and self-change from substance abuse in 12-step fellowships.

I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in September 2016. Previously, I taught Psychology on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at Birkbeck University of London. 

  • European Health Psychology Society
  • Society for the Study of Addiction 

My academic interests mainly centre on psychosocial aspects of mental health and wellbeing, and the development of experiential research methodologies.

My teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for the 16/17 academic year include:

  • M4X02242 Introduction to Mental Health (module leader)
  • M5X00912 Psychology, Health & Medicine
  • M7X01449 Applied Research, Ethics and Analysis (postgraduate module – qualitative research methods)
  • M6X00914 Abnormal & Clinical Psychology (module leader)
  • M4X02245 Stress, Coping and Resilience (module leader)

The primary focus of my research is on the intertwining of psychosocial and emotional development in people’s mental health and wellbeing.  Presently most of my research activity addresses the study of emotional experience underpinning wellbeing (i.e. the experience of happiness), the role of spirituality in recovery from mental health disorders, and nature-based interventions for mental health.

Some of the topics that I have examined previously include young men´s recovery in 12-Step Fellowships, addiction counsellors´ implicit models of relapse prevention, the role of alexithymia in the development of addictive behaviours, and more recently, compulsive exercise in women with anorexia nervosa. 

Current projects and collaborations:

  1. Phenomenological approaches to the study of alexithymia in substance use disorders

  2. Embodiment, compulsive exercise and women with anorexia nervosa (with Dr. Liv Jorunn-Kolnes, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences)

  3. Qualitative-experiential approaches to the study of happiness (with Dr. Virginia Eatough, Birkbeck University of London)

  4. Contemporary spirituality and health (Dr. Bettina Schmidt, Alister Hardy Religious Experience, University of Wales Trinity St David)

  5. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Latin America (Patricia Santibañez-Fernández, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile)

  6. Young men’s experience of self-change and recovery from addiction in 12-Step fellowships 
  • Research on mental health and wellbeing
  • Qualitative-experiential research applied to health and education
  • Programme evaluation (qualitative methods)
  • Masterclass facilitation on qualitative research-led skills
  • Psychology for Education 

Jorunn-Kolnes, L. & Rodriguez-Morales, L. (2015). The Meaning of Compulsive Exercise in Women with Anorexia Nervosa: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Mental Health & Physical Activity. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2015.12.002

Rodriguez, L. & Smith, J.A. (2014). Finding Your Own Place: Young Men’s Experience of Early Recovery from Addiction. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(4), 477-490.

Conference Papers and Presentations

‘I can´t work out what am feeling’: The case for a phenomenological account of alexithymia. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2015, 2-4 September 2015, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK (presenter).

‘I see it all the time, but I never know what to do’: Strategies for Managing and Preventing Bullying in Schools, Psychology for Education One-Day Seminar, 17th May 2014, Birkbeck University of London, UK (invited speaker).

Young Men Getting over Addiction, Psychological Society of Birkbeck University of London, 13th March 2014, Birkbeck University of London, UK (invited speaker).

Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery and Care of the Self, Contemporary Narratives of Care, Medical Humanities Symposium, 25th October 2013, London, UK (presenter).

A Hero’s Journey: Becoming and Transcendence in Recovery from Addiction, 3rd Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis & Pedagogy, 7th – 9th March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal.

Time and Change: A Developmental Model of Young Men’s Recovery, Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, 8th - 9th November 2012, York, UK (invited speaker).

Young Men’s Experience of Recovery from Addiction, Alcohol Research Council, 16th December 2011, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (invited speaker).