Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Hello! I'm a Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Applied Clinical Research at University College London. My research involves the analysis of electronic health records to explore outcomes in people who access secondary mental health services in the London boroughs of Camden & Islington. This work, funded by a MRC Pathfinder grant, also involves developing linkages with other datasets and the application of natural language processing techniques to analyse clinical free text. Lately, I have also been examining substance-related disorders and comorbid psychiatric conditions utilising real-world patient data through the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

My doctoral research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Carol Brayne and Dr. Andres Roman-Urrestarazu at the University of Cambridge. My dissertation elucidated the social and economic epidemiology of substance use disorders and their treatment through the analysis of administrative and routinely collected data, namely, the National Survey for Drug Use and Health, the Treatment Episode Data Set, and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

Education

  • BSc in Biology, University of British Columbia (May 2012)
  • BA in English, University of British Columbia (May 2012)
  • MSPH in Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University (Jun 2015)
  • PhD in Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge (Aug 2019)

Publications

Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu, A, and Brayne C. "Responses among substance abuse treatment providers to the opioid epidemic in the USA: Variations in buprenorphine and methadone treatment by geography, operational, and payment characteristics, 2007-16." PLoS One 15(3), 2020.

Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu, A and Brayne C. "Differences in Receipt of Opioid Agonist Treatment and Time to Enter Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Among Specialty Addiction Programs in the United States, 2014-17." PLoS One 14(12), 2019.

Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu A, McKee M, and Brayne C. "Demographic, socioeconomic, and health correlates of unmet need for mental health treatment in the United States, 2002–16: evidence from the national surveys on drug use and health." IJEH 18(122), 2019.

Rosner B, Neicun J, Yang JC, and Roman-Urrestarazu A. "Opioid prescription patterns in Germany and the global opioid epidemic: Systematic review of available evidence." PLoS One 14(8), 2019.

Neicun J, Steenhuizen M, van Kessel R, Yang JC, Negri A, Czabanowska K, Corazza O, and Roman-Urrestarazu A. "Mapping novel psychoactive substances policy in the EU: The case of Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, the United Kingdom and Sweden." PLoS One 14(6), 2019.

Roman-Urrestarazu A, Yang JC, Robertson R, McCallum A, Gray C, McKee M, and Middleton J. "Brexit threatens the UK’s ability to tackle illicit drugs and organised crime: What needs to happen now?." Health Policy 123(6), 2019.

Prilutskaya M, Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu A. "Synthetic Cannabinoids, Opioids, and Polydrug Use: Clinical Implications." in Handbook of Novel Psychoactive Substances: What Clinicians Should Know About NPS (Eds. Corazza O, and Roman-Urrestarazu A.), 2019.

Roman-Urrestarazu A, Robertson R, Yang JC, McCallum A, Gray C, McKee M, and Middleton J. "European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has a vital role in the UK’s ability to respond to illicit drugs and organised crime." BMJ 362, 2018.

Roman-Urrestarazu A, Yang JC, Ettelt S, Thalmann I, Seguel Ravest V, and Brayne C. "Private health insurance in Germany and Chile: two stories of co-existence, segmentation and conflict." IJEH 17(112), 2018.

Yang JC, Roman-Urrestarazu A, and Brayne C. "Binge alcohol and substance use across birth cohorts and the global financial crisis in the United States." PLoS One 13(6), 2018.

Peer Review Activities

  • American Journal of Men's Health
  • Applied Economics
  • Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
  • International Journal for Equity in Health
  • Journal of Psychopharmacology

Presentations

Yang JC, and Roman-Urrestarazu A. "Self-reported use of novel psychoactive substances in the United States from 2007-14: trends in prevalence and user characteristics from the national surveys on drug use and health." Fifth international conference on novel psychoactive substances. 2017.

Certifications

Certified in Public Health (NBPHE no. 11318), 2015-Present

Contact Information

Maple House - 6th Floor

149 Tottenham Court Road

London

W1T 7BN