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    Dr Andres Roman-Urrestarazu MD PhD

    University Position
    Senior Research Associate
    Group Leader
    Dr Andres Roman-Urrestarazu is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


    My research delves into the nexus between health policy and economics and public mental health, specifically examining how health inequalities and socio-economic factors influence mental health outcomes. I am affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and I am Research Associate of The Centre of Latin American Studies, both at the University of Cambridge. Furthermore, I also lead the health systems stream of the Lancet Commission on Problematic Use of the Internet. I am Assistant Professor in International Health at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, while also being a LSE Health Digital Fellow at the Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. I am also theme lead for the mental health epidemiology course for the MPhil Population Health Science at the University of Cambridge. My past roles include being a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Stanford University and Gillings Fellow in Public Health at the University of Cambridge and the Institut Louis Pasteur in Paris. With a diverse skill set, I am an academic psychiatrist, public health researcher, and health economist. Moreover, I am a Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and have worked for as a civil servant in organizations such as NICE, and consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Health Organisation Europe Office, and the Chilean Ministry of Health. I am open to PhD applications.

    Autism Incidence Clustering

    Key Publications

    Autism incidence and spatial analysis in more than 7 million pupils in English schools: a retrospective, longitudinal, school registry study

    Journal: The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
    Year: 2022
    Authors: Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, MD PhD Justin C Yang, PhD Robin van Kessel, PhD Varun Warrier, PhD Guillaume Dumas, PhD Hannah Jongsma, PhD Gabriel Gatica-Bahamonde, MD Carrie Allison, PhD Prof Fiona E Matthews, PhD Prof Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD Prof Carol Brayne, MD


    Autism screening and conditional cash transfers in Chile: Using the Quantitative Checklist (Q-CHAT) for early autism detection in a low resource setting.

    Journal: Autism
    E-pub date: 1 May 2021
    Authors: A Roman-Urrestarazu, C Yáñez, C López-Garí, C Elgueta, C Allison, C Brayne, M Troncoso, S Baron-Cohen

    Inclusive education in the European Union: A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis of education policy for autism.

    Journal: Soc Work Public Health
    E-pub date: 17 Feb 2021
    Authors: R van Kessel, R Hrzic, S Cassidy, C Brayne, S Baron-Cohen, K Czabanowska, A Roman-Urrestarazu

    Autism and family involvement in the right to education in the EU: policy mapping in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

    Journal: Mol Autism
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2019
    Authors: R van Kessel, A Roman-Urrestarazu, A Ruigrok, R Holt, M Commers, RA Hoekstra, K Czabanowska, C Brayne, S Baron-Cohen

    Autism and the right to education in the EU: policy mapping and scoping review of Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.

    Journal: Mol Autism
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2019
    Authors: R van Kessel, S Walsh, ANV Ruigrok, R Holt, A Yliherva, E Kärnä, I Moilanen, E Hjörne, ST Johansson, D Schendel, L Pedersen, M Jørgensen, C Brayne, S Baron-Cohen, A Roman-Urrestarazu

    Opioid prescription patterns in Germany and the global opioid epidemic: Systematic review of available evidence.

    Journal: PLoS One
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2019
    Authors: B Rosner, J Neicun, JC Yang, A Roman-Urrestarazu