David is Chair 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 over 550 papers and chapters; and has co-authored or co-edited 22 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’s broader interests include music, literature, theatre and art: he is currently undertaking a Diploma course in the History of Art.