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David Jonathan Castle

Chair Of Psychiatry - St. Vincent'S Health
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
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David Jonathan Castle

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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David Jonathan Castle


David is currently Professor 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 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, and bipolar disorder. He has a longstanding interest in the impact of licit and illicit substances on the brain and body, 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 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’s track record demonstrates a capacity to disseminate research findings to the scientific, academic and clinical communities. As of September 2019, he had published over 750 articles and book chapters; and produced 23 books, aimed at clinical, academic and lay audiences. His work is highly cited (as of September 2019, his work had been quoted nearly 20,000 times; his googlescholar h-index was 72 and i-10 index 305; and Researchgate index over 50). His book, “Marijuana and Madness” (co-edited with Prof Sir Robin Murray, UK) was the British Medical Association’s Mental Health Book of the Year in 2005; it is now in its 2nd edition. His 2015 book, “Schizophrenia” (co-authored with Prof Peter Buckley, US) was Highly Commended in the British Medical Association Medical Book Competition; it is also now in its 2nd edition. David is on a number of advisory boards and editorial boards, and is a reviewer for numerous national and international scientific journals. He is regularly invited to present at local, national and international scientific meetings: he has been an invited speaker on around 500 occasions.David’s 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. David served two years as Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and was an elected member of the Binational RANZCP Board 2016-2018. Currently he is a board member of both Mind Medicine Australia and the Mental Health Foundation of Australia. In 2016 he became a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David’s broader interests include music, literature, theatre and art.


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