Project Description

Dr Andres Roman-Urrestarazu combined expertise in psychiatry, mental health and health economics allowed him to make original contributions in the fields of substance abuse where he has developed a growing body of research in the field of NPS Policy. He is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University Department of International Health and concurrently holds the Gilling’s Fellowship in Global Public Health at the Institute of Public Health (IPH), University of Cambridge and the Institut Louis Pasteur (ILP) Paris. He currently co-supervises PhD students at the IPH in Cambridge and Maastricht University Department of International Health where he leads a project that studies the association between austerity, macroeconomic indicators and substance misuse. Concurrently with this policy agenda, his clinical work and research is based in the Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge where he works on neurodevelopment disorders and more specifically ASD, disability, inequality and social policy. He has previously held appointments as Research Officer in Health Economics and Health Policy at LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science working extensively in the Middle East on behavioural risk factors for metabolic disease in collaboration with WHO, GIZ/GTZ and ILO among others, while also developing a teaching career in Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he was Director of Studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science. He has also worked in different government roles around the world having worked as Technical Lead at the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation (CHTE) in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and also as Medical Advisory Staff at the Ministry of Health Chile – MINSAL. He has published several papers in relation to NPS while also submitting evidence to the House of Commons for the 2016 UK PSA. In that occasion, he assisted the discussion around NPS with a comparative policy analysis, while also managing the engagement with the press for the dissemination of this evidence. His latest book, in co-authorship with Dr Ornella Corazza, discusses different global policy options for NPS having collaborated for this work with different international organisations such as the European Commission, UNODC, DEA, WADA, LSE Ideas, and various leading academics in the field of drug policy. Dr Andres Roman-Urrestarazu specialises in Psychiatry (MD  and BM in Medicine, University of Santiago de Chile; PhD Psychiatry, University of Cambridge), Health Economics and Policy (MSc London School of Economics).