Dr Layla McCay

Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health


About Speaker

Dr Layla McCay is Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, an international think tank that explores the interaction of cities and mental health. Having originally trained as a psychiatrist, Layla has worked at the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, and has held academic positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Hong Kong University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and TED. She is editor of the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, and has contributed to several books, most recently Urban Mental Health (OUP); her latest, on Restorative Cities, will be published by Bloomsbury in the new year. In addition Layla is Director at the NHS Confederation, representing NHS interests in COVID-19, Brexit, and other international matters. She speaks and writes regularly in the media, including on BBC Radio 4, BBC Question Time, and the Financial Times