Dr Natalia Rodriguez Vicente

Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Natalia Rodriguez Vicente



Natalia combines her roles teaching courses in Spanish and Interpreting (EN<>ES) and as postdoctoral research associate for the INForMHAA project, funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research – School of Social Care Research (NIHR, SSCR), see: Natalia wecomes PhD proposals based on her research interests listed below.


  • PhD - Interpreting studies Heriot-Watt University,

  • MSc - Conference Interpreting and Translation (with Distinction) Heriot-Watt University,

  • BA - English Studies Universidad de Salamanca,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Public Service Interpreting

Interactional pragmatics

Methodologies for interpreting research

Multilingual healthcare communication

Conferences and presentations

Interpreter-mediated Mental Health Act assessments: the INforMHAA study

National institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research Annual Conference, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 26/4/2022

Ethics of exploring interpreter-mediated Mental Health Act assessments

CIUTI Conference 2021: Ethics and professional codes of practice for translators and interpreters: new contexts in the profession and training, University of Granada, 16/9/2021

Interactional pragmatics and interpreter-mediated mental healthcare interactions

17th International Pragmatics Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland, 27/7/2021

The ‘vast and differentiated’ nature of the mental healthcare field and its impact on interpreters’ role/positioning

Researching Interactional Variation across settings: Impact on Interpreters’ Role, Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 22/2/2021

Interpreting psychometric tests: the human factor in interpreter-mediated mental healthcare consultations

7th International conference on public services interpreting and translation (PSIT7), Madrid, Spain, 26/3/2020

What aspects of context affect interpreting performance?

InDialog 3 / ENPSIT Interpreter practice, research and training: the impact of context, Antwerp, 29/11/2019

Person-centred care when linguistically and culturally diverse (LACD) patients are involved

International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies, Departament de Traducció i d'Interpretació i d'Estudis de l'Àsia Oriental, 29/6/2019

Inter-professional collaboration in interpreter-mediated mental healthcare in the age of artificial intelligence

Critical Link International 9 Tokyo (CLI9), International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW), Tokyo, Japan, 14/6/2019

Healthcare interpreting and person-centred care

6th Durham Postgraduate Conference on Translation Studies, University College, Durham, United Kingdom, 1/6/2019

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Proficiency Level Spanish (LA450)

  • Mastery Level Spanish (LA460)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Spanish) (LA843)

  • Interpreting Practice II (Spanish) (LA844)


Book chapters (1)

Rodriguez Vicente, N., Napier, J. and de Pedro Ricoy, R., (2021). Dialogue Interpreting and Person-Centred Care in a Clinical Mental Healthcare Setting. In: Empirical Studies of Translation and Interpreting: The Post-Structuralist Approach. Editors: Wang, C. and Binghan, Z., . Routledge. 29- 48. 9780367856106

Reports and Papers (2)

Rodriguez Vicente, N., Multiple case study evaluation of 'What matters to you?' in day-to-day practice

Young, A., Rodriguez Vicente, N., Tipton, R., Napier, J., Vicary, S. and Hulme, C., (2022). Scoping Review of interpreter-mediated assessments under the Mental Health Act (1983) and international equivalents

Thesis dissertation (1)

Rodriguez Vicente, N., Dialogue interpreting in Psychological Medicine: an exploration of rapport management practices

Grants and funding


The INforMHAA study: Interpreter-mediated mental health act assessments

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