Dr Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, MD, PhD

Gillings Fellow in Autism Research and Global Public Health

Andres holds the Gillings Fellow in Autism Research and Global Public Health at the University of Cambridge. He holds degrees in Psychiatry (MD, University of Santiago de Chile; PhD Psychiatry, University of Cambridge) and Health Economics and International Health Policy (MSc, London School of Economics, LSE). His interests span the neuroscience of neurodevelopmental conditions, and mental health and social policy. He also works as a psychiatrist in South America.

During his PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and the Brain Mapping Unit, University of Cambridge, he worked extensively in the 1986 Northern Finland Birth Cohort - 1986 NFBC (n=9456) as part of Prof Peter Jones' team. His research focused on longitudinal analyses of ADHD and psychosis outcomes, using behavioural data and structural and functional MRI data.Prior to joining the ARC he was Research Officer in Health Economics and Health Policy at LSE and, with Prof Elias Mossialos, he was the technical lead of Qatar’s first National Health Survey. He has worked on global public health issues such as the prevalence of gender violence and its links to inequality and the unmet need for contraception among the Roma people in South Eastern Europe.

Andres has held appointments as Director of Studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science (PBS) in Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is Visiting Fellow in Health Economics in LSE. As Gillings Fellow he is conducting research into the cost of autism from a health economics perspective, and into the genetics of autism from a public health/epidemiological perspective.