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Prof David Osborn
Wing B Floor 6
Maple House
Tottenham Court Road
  • 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 clinical training fellowship to train as an academic in mental health research. This included a  PhD  at UCL and an MSc (dist) in epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
David's research has focused on the interface between mental health and physical health for almost twenty years. He also works on improving acute care.

He has been a clinical academic consultant  at UCL since 2003.

New Twitter Oct 2015 @osborn_ucl

David also works as a NHS consultant psychiatrist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Research Summary

David's main research 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 20 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 2011-2017. 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 @uclprimrose
See our risk score work in JAMA Psychiatry 2015.
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 (HSDR)  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.


Teaching Summary

David leads on Academic Training in Psychiatry for medics here at UCL and welcomes any questions relating to this 

He is  Divisional  Graduate Tutor in Psychiatry for Research Degrees. That means PhDs and MD (Res).

David also teaches on undergraduate, MRCPsych and post-graduate taught courses including our new Mental Health MScs and MRES.


Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychiatry University College London
2000 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1997 MA Master of Arts – Medical Science, Social and Political Science University of Cambridge
1997 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
1993 BMBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine University College London
1990 BA Bachelor of Arts – Medicine University of Cambridge
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