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 and is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University in the Department of International Health. He is also a Clinical Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and holds an Honorary Contract with Public Health England.
Andres has held appointments as Director of Studies in Psychology and Behavioural Science (PBS) in Trinity Hall, Cambridge and supervises a number of PhD, MPhil, and undergraduate students. He is also affiliated to both the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal Society for Public Health participating in the Mental Health Special Interest Groups, working on the NHS Long Term Plan for Autism & Learning Disability. Prior to joining the Autism Research Centre he was Research Officer in Health Economics and Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Technical Lead at the Centre for Health Technology Assessment in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE.
During his PhD at the Brain Mapping Unit, University of Cambridge, he worked extensively in the 1986 Northern Finland Birth Cohort. His research focused on longitudinal behavioural, structural and functional MRI data. He holds degrees in Clinical Medicine and 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).
As a Gillings Fellow, Andres is focused on public health research addressing the complex ethical, economic, and social issues needed for the successful translation of autism research findings into clinical, individual, or governmental policy and practice. Andres research interests span from the neuroscience of neurodevelopmental conditions to the links between mental health, public health and social and educational policy. He is also conducting research projects including: (1) examining the regional prevalence estimates for autism in England and its links to systemising and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (2) early detection of autism in a lower middle income economies (LMIC) setting such as Chile; (3) a household expenditure survey for autistic people based in China and a large scale project mapping autism policy in all 28 Member States of the EU.
- Quotas, and Anti-discrimination Policies Relating to Autism in the EU: Scoping Review and Policy Mapping in Germany, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania, Autism Research (2020), D Bunt, R van Kessel, R A Hoekstra, K Czabanowska, C Brayne, S Baron‐Cohen, A Roman‐Urrestarazu
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