David is currently Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He is a former MRC Research Scholar at the South African Institute for Medical Research, MRC Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (where he gained an MSc in epidemiology), and has trained both in clinical research and psychiatry at London’s prestigious Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry.
David’s clinical and research interests include schizophrenia and related disorders, cannabis abuse and bipolar disorder. He has a particular interest in the interface between body and mind, and is actively engaged in programmes addressing the physical health of the mentally ill and the mental health of the physically ill. He is also pursuing his work on OCD spectrum disorders, notably body dysmorphic disorder, in which he is a recognised international expert. He has been successful in attracting substantial grant funding (over $30,000,000 in the last 10 years) from a variety of different sources, and has strong local, national, and international research links. He has received a number of commendations for his work, including the Senior Research Award from the Royal ANZ College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and a University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor’s Staff Engagement Award. Most recently (2015) he was presented with the Ian Simpson Award by the RANZCP in recognition of outstanding contributions to clinical psychiatry as assessed through service to patients and the community.
David’s track record demonstrates a capacity to disseminate research findings to the scientific, academic and clinical communities. As of November 2015, he had published over 550 articles and book chapters; and produced 22 books, aimed at clinical, academic and lay audiences. His work is highly cited (as of June 2015, his work had been quoted over 10,000 times and his googlescholar h-index was 53 and i-10 index 172; and Research