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Alvaro Barrera

FRCPsych, MSc, PhD (Cantab)


Consultant Psychiatrist, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Alvaro Barrera is a consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge and trained in neuropsychiatry at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. His research focuses on transforming inpatient mental health care using digital technology and organizational approaches. He was the PI of the first pilot RCT of CBT for insomnia on an acute inpatient ward and edited the recently published Oxford Textbook of Inpatient Psychiatry. 

Alvaro is interested in the psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience of severe mental health disorders, including formal thought disorder, disorganization, auditory hallucinations, delusions, and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. He is involved in teaching medical students as well as training  foundation doctors and core and advanced psychiatry trainees. He is also working on empathy in clinical psychiatry, having organized the 'Empathy and Clinical Psychiatry Symposium' at Oxford.

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