Director, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

David is the Director of the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Phoenix Australia) and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. He has worked in both acute crisis and continuing care settings across the community mental health system and in specialist traumatic stress services. David has played an active role in all three arms of Phoenix Australia’s areas of activity: research, education and training, and policy and service development. He was the Chair of the working party for the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has also published widely in the area of posttraumatic stress in the international literature.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Director, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Formerly the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH))
  • 2011–2011
    Interim Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • 2007–2011
    Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • 2003–2007
    Clinical Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • 2000–2003
    Clinical Specialist- PTSD, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • 1999–2000
    Deputy Director, National Centre for War-Related PTSD
  • 1995–1999
    Senior Clinical Psychologist, Veterans PTSD Unit, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, Ph.D
  • 1994 
    University of Melbourne, M.A. Clinical Psychology
  • 1987 
    University of Melbourne, B.A. (Hons) Psychology

Publications

  • 2012
    A multi-level framework to guide mental health response following a natural disaster, Bereavement Care
  • 2012
    PTSD, fear and anxious misery: The structure of posttraumatic psychopathology in veterans attending primary care, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • 2012
    Psychosocial Recovery Following Disaster: A Multi-Level Approach, International Perspectives in Victimology
  • 2012
    Examination of the latent factor structure of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test in two independent trauma patient groups using confirmatory factor analysis, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
  • 2012
    Stepped early psychological intervention for PTSD, other anxiety disorders and depression followin, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2012
    Guidelines for Peer Support in High-risk Organizations: An International Consensus Study Using the, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2012
    Trauma at the hands of another: Differences in the PTSD symptom profile following interpersonal, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
  • 2012
    Multisite randomized controlled trial of CPT for PTSD in a naturalistic setting, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • 2012
    Psychological support and recovery in the aftermath of natural disaster, International Psychiatry
  • 2012
    Anger in PTSD: Is there a Need for a Concept of PTSD-Related Posttraumatic Anger?, Clinical Psychology Review
  • 2012
    The structure of posttraumatic psychopathology in veterans attending pr, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • 2012
    Impact of combat and non-military trauma exposure on symptom reduction following treatment, Psychiatry Research
  • 2011
    Requiring both avoidance and emotional numbing in DSM-V PTSD: Will it help? , Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2011
    Using predictive models of behavior , Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • 2011
    Lifetime Prevalence of Gender-Based Violence in Women and the Relationship With Mental Disorders and Psychosocial Funcion, Journal of the American Medical Association
  • 2011
    From evidence to practice: Using predictive models of behavior , Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • 2011
    The Phenomenology of Dreams in Australian Veterans with PTSD, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2011
    An examination of the structure of posttraumatic stress disorder in relation to the anxiety and depressive disorders , Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2011
    Psychological First Aid following trauma: Implementation and evaluation framework for high-risk organizations, Psychiatry
  • 2011
    PTSD Among Military Personnel, International Review of Psychiatry
  • 2011
    Exploring the relationship between Latent Dimensions of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression in a national trauma exposed military sample, Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2011
    Heterogeneity in posttraumatic stress disorder’s clinical presentations among medical patients: Testing factor structure variation using factor mixture modeling., Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2011
    Triple Threat Trauma: Evidence-Based Mental Health Response for the 2011 Japan Disaster, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
  • 2010
    Imagery Rehearsal for Posttraumatic Nightmares: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2010
    Practitioner perceptions of Skills for Psychological Recovery: A training program for health practitioners in the aftermath of the Victorian bushfires, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2010
    Preventing posttraumatic stress disorder: Are drugs the answer? , Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2010
    A guide to guidelines for the treatment of PTSD and related conditions, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2010
    A longitudinal analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and their relationship with fear and anxious-misery disorders: Implications for DSM-V, Journal of Affective Disorders
  • 2010
    Attachment style in the prediction of recovery following group treatment of combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • 2010
    Family functioning and the implications for treatment outcomes for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • 2010
    Internalizing and externalizing classes in posttraumatic stress disorder: A latent class analysis, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2009
    Caring for carers in the aftermath of trauma, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
  • 2009
    Post-traumatic stress disorder: Best practice GP guidelines, Australian Family Physician
  • 2008
    A naturalistic comparison of models of programmatic interventions for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2008
    Mechanisms of anger and treatment outcome in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2008
    Understanding posttraumatic nightmares: An empirical and conceptual review, Clinical Psychology Review
  • 2007
    Treating adults with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder in general practice: A clinical update, Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2007
    The Australian guidelines for the treatment of adults with acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2006
    Treatment for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Two year follow-up, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2006
    Mental health initiatives for veterans and serving personnel, The Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2006
    Is mixed handedness a marker of treatment response in posttraumatic stress disorder? A pilot study, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2005
    Testing the latent structure of posttraumatic stress disorder: A taxometric study of combat veterans, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2005
    Patterns of treatment response in chronic posttraumatic stress disorder: An application of latent variable growth mixture modeling, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2005
    The relationship between problem gambling, posttraumatic stress and its comorbidities in Australian treatment seeking veterans, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2005
    Clinical presentation and treatment outcome for peacekeeper veterans with PTSD: Preliminary findings, American Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2005
    Response categories and anger measurement: do fewer categories result in poorer measurement? Development of the DAR5, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • 2004
    Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in military and veteran populations, Psychotherapy
  • 2004
    A concise measure of anger in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2003
    Comorbidity as a predictor of symptom change following treatment in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • 2003
    Clinical symptomatology of PTSD-diagnosed Australian and United States Vietnam combat veterans: An MMPI-2 comparison, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • 2003
    MMPI-2 based subgroups of veterans with combat-related PTSD: Differential patterns of symptom change following treatment, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • 2003
    MMPI-2 as a predictor of change in PTSD symptom clusters following treatment: A re-analysis , Journal of Personality Assessment
  • 2003
    Imagery rehearsal in the treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Australian veterans with chronic combat-related PTSD: Twelve month follow up data, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 2002
    PTSD treatment outcome in peacekeepers, Australian Journal of Psychology
  • 2002
    Self-reported problems: A comparison between PTSD-diagnosed veterans, their spouses, and clinicians, Behaviour Research and Therapy
  • 2002
    Inpatient versus day hospital treatment for chronic, combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: A naturalistic comparison, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • 2002
    The MMPI-2 as a predictor of symptom change following treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Personality Assessment
  • 2001
    The validity of the PTSD Checklist as a measure of symptomatic change in combat-related PTSD, Behaviour Research and Therapy
  • 2001
    Treatment of combat-related nightmares using Imagery Rehearsal, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 1999
    MMPI-2 data for Australian Vietnam veterans with combat-related PTSD, Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • 1994
    Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: A pilot study in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry