PROF David Jonathan Castle

PROF David Jonathan Castle


  • Behavioural/cognitive approaches to the treatment of anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Cannabis and mental illness
  • Disorders of body image
  • Epidemiology of schizophrenia
  • Gender differences in the functional psychoses
  • Late onset schizophrenia
  • Nosology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders
  • Treatment strategies in schizophrenia



  • David is Professor of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. His 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. David has published widely in prestigious journals, including nearly 700 papers and chapters; and has co-authored or co-edited 23 books, a number of which have won prestigious awards. His work is consistently highly cited. He has been successful in attracting substantial grant funding 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. In 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 is on a number of advisory boards and editorial boards, and is a reviewer for numerous national and international scientific journals. He speaks regularly at local, national and international scientific meetings about his research; and also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His strong commitment to teaching is reflected in his completion of the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Melbourne in 2011, his election as a Fellow of the Melbourne Medical School Academy of Clinical Teachers in 2013 and his being awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Teaching from the University of Melbourne in 2015.   


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Education and training

  • MAICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2016
  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2011
  • FRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2009
  • DLSHTM, University of London - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1996
  • MD, University of Cape Town 1995
  • MSc (Epidemiology), University of London 1993
  • MBChB, University of Cape Town 1985

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1999


Available for supervision

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