Jenny Roe & Layla McCay

Director, Center for Design & Health; & Director, University of Virginia & Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
  • University of Virginia & Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
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  • United States of America

About Jenny Roe & Layla McCay

Jenny Roe is Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, she has written extensively on the impact of the environment on health and wellbeing including for the World Health Organization and The Lancet.  She has over 15 years’ experience in the use of ‘restorative environments’ to build healthier urban societies and communities including a vital role for urban parks and green space. In addition to research, she coaches academics and professionals in the field of healthy city design and policy.

Twitter @jennyjroe   @CtrDesignHealth


Layla McCay is Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health and Policy Director of the NHS Confederation, UK. A psychiatrist and public health and health systems specialist, she is managing editor of the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health. She features regularly in a wide range of print and broadcast media, from the Financial Times to BBC Question Time. She has previously worked for the Department of Health in the UK, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank. She is co-editor of Urban Mental Health (OUP) and co-author of Restorative Cities: Urban Design for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Bloomsbury).

Social media: @LaylaMcCay   @urbandesignmh


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