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

Twitter @osborn_ucl

He works as a NHS consultant psychiatrist in acute community psychiatry in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Research Summary

David's main research interests are the interface between physical and mental health  and the provision of effective and safe interventions for people with severe mental illnesses including psychosis. 

He has a particular interest in  harnessing large scale national and regional health data to answer big research questions in mental health

He leads an ongoing NIHR-funded programme, PRIMROSE. The projects evaluate the best ways to predict and manage cardiovascular risk in people with severe mental illnesses, in primary care. 

Scientific summary here. www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/pgfar/pgfar07020/#/scientific-summary

PRIMROSE overview:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/primrose

Selected additional roles:

Academic lead for CRIS at Camden and Islington. A research database of 140,000 anonymised mental health records to improve treatments and outcomes for people with mental health problems


Health informatics lead on the NIHR UCLH BRC Mental Health theme. 2017-22

NIHR SPHR: Co-lead Public Mental Health research programme and UCL Investigator at the NIHR School for Public Health Research


NIHR ARC North Thames: Lead for Multi-morbidity Theme. 2019-24.


Health Informatics Co-I NIHR Policy Research Unit for Mental Health, UCL and KCL. 2017-22.


Teaching Summary

David led on Integrated Academic Training in Psychiatry for UCL medics until 2021.

He supervises PhDs related to adult psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, pharmaco-epidemiology, large datasets, health informatics and applied health service research.

He has examined 14 PhDs.

He has been clinical supervisor for over 50 psychiatric trainees (SHO and Registrar).

He was Divisional Graduate tutor for research from 2004-2017. 

He teaches on UCL's Mental Health MScs and our MRES.


Academic Background
2004   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1997   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1990   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
1997   Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Royal College of Psychiatrists
1993   Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery University College London
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