MRCPsych, MSc, PhD (Cantab)
Consultant Psychiatrist, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
Alvaro Barrera is a consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer at Oxford University. He completed his PhD at Cambridge and joined the neuropsychiatry rotation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. His research focuses on transforming inpatient mental health care using novel digital and organizational approaches. He is working on introducing optical sensors in acute psychiatric wards, to improve safety and care, and is also working with the Bio Design fellows from the Oxford Department of Biomedical Engineering, on digital solutions for clinical needs. He was the PI of the first pilot RCT of CBT for insomnia on an acute inpatient unit and is editing a textbook on inpatient psychiatry with Oxford University Press .
Alvaro is interested in the psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience of severe mental health disorders, including formal thought disorder, auditory hallucinations, and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. He is actively involved in the teaching of medical students as well as the training of foundation doctors and psychiatry trainees. He is also undertaking work on empathy and clinical psychiatry, having recently organized the 'Empathy and Clinical Psychiatry Symposium' at Oxford.
A web-based clinical decision tool to support treatment decision-making in psychiatry: a pilot focus group study with clinicians, patients and carers.
Henshall C. et al, (2017), Bmc psychiatry, 17
A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of a medicines education group in a mental health inpatient setting: A UK perspective.
White D. et al, (2017), Ment health clin, 7, 116 - 123
Schizophrenia on YouTube.
Nour MM. et al, (2017), Psychiatr serv, 68, 70 - 74
Formal thought disorder, verbal fluency and schizophrenia: executive or semantic dysfunction?
Gotor F. et al, (2016), European neuropsychopharmacology, 26, S523 - S524
Schizophrenia, Subjectivity, and Mindreading.
Nour MM. and Barrera A., (2015), Schizophr bull, 41, 1214 - 1219