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- Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology
- Division of Psychiatry
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
David trained in medicine and social/political sciences at Cambridge University and then UCL. He completed clinical psychiatry training in North London and was awarded an MRC fellowship in Health Services Research, including his PhD (UCL) and an MSc (dist) in epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
His main interests are the interface between physical and mental health, psychiatric epidemiology and the provision of effective services for people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. He has published related work over the last 15 years in journals such as The British Medical Journal, British Journal of Psychiatry and Archives of General Psychiatry/JAMA Psychiatry.
Much of his work involves large-scale epidemiological studies to examine the determinants of poor cardiovascular health, including heart attacks, in severe mental illness and depression using primary care databases and other cohorts.
David currently leads a NIHR-funded programme of applied health research, the PRIMROSE programme, from 2011-2016. The £2 million funding involves a group of projects which explore the best ways to predict and manage cardiovascular risk in people with severe mental illnesses, in primary care settings. For latest news visit: www.ucl.ac.uk\primrose
The programme won a national MHRN award in 2013 for patient/public involvement.
David works closely with academics in Primary Care and Population Health and he collaborates with a range of researchers inside and outside UCL, including grants from the MRC, NIHR, HTA, SDO and Research for Patient Benefit Scheme. These projects have included work investigating morale among UK mental health staff, alternatives to traditional psychiatric inpatient care (such as crisis houses) and multicentre trials of both medications and art therapy for people with schizophrenia.
He is Post Graduate tutor for Psychiatry and currently supervises three MRC fellowships and 5 research degrees.
David works clinically in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
Divisional Graduate Tutor in Psychiatry for research degrees.
He regularly teaches on undergraduate, MRCPsych and post-graduate taught courses (MScs, MRES etc).
Clinical teaching involves a specialist psychiatry attachment at the North Camden Acute day Unit and crisis/ home treatment team. These n services, which include a 6 bed short stay crisis house, provide care to adults experiencing acute mental health problems.
|2004||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||University College London|
|2000||MSc||Master of Science||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine|
|1997||MA||Master of Arts||University of Cambridge|
|1997||MRCPsych||Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists||Royal College of Psychiatrists|
|1993||BMBS||Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery||University College London|
|1990||BA||Bachelor of Arts||University of Cambridge|