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Dr Layla McCay

Director, Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

 Dr Layla McCay is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, a global think tank that explores how architects, urban planners and others can design better mental health into cities. Her research focuses on the environmental determinants of mental health and she has authored a range of academic papers and book chapters on urban mental health; she also contributes frequently to publications from New Statesman to the National Geographic. Layla is additionally a board member for the International Society of Urban Health, managing editor of the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, and a mental health advisor to the Cities and Health Journal.

A British psychiatrist, global public health specialist, and Adjunct Professor of International Health, Layla has  been Clinical Advisor to England’s National Health Service Medical Director for the British Government's Department of Health; Deputy Medical Director of health company Bupa; Clinical Advisor to the World Health Organization; Health Policy Consultant for the World Bank; Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); and Director of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing. She holds academic positions at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Japan), and Georgetown University (US) and is currently a Fellow at the Asia Global Institute, Hong Kong University.

 

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