Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, MD, PhD, MSc, is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. He is a psychiatrist, public health clinician, and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He is 2021-2022 Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Practice based at Stanford University and is also Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry University of Cambridge, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Academic Staff at Public Health England.
Andres was previously a Gillings Fellow in Global Public Health (2016–2020). He is a Member of the Faculty of Public Health and a Board Member of the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs (ISSED), and worked as Civil Servant in the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation (CHTE) at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research lies at the intersection of health policy and public mental health, with a focus on the intersection of health inequalities and the economic determinants of adverse mental health outcomes in the field of substance use and addiction.
Andre’s work has been published in leading health policy and medical journals, including JAMA Pediatrics, BMJ, and Health Policy, and has directly informed policy. In 2016, he submitted evidence to the House of Commons for the UK Psychoactive Substances Act. He has a PhD in Psychiatry from the University of Cambridge, MD from the University of Santiago in Chile, and MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.