David Lawrence

Dr, BSc Qld., PhD W.Aust., ATCL Trinity College London

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


David is Professor of Mental Health in the School of Population Health at Curtin University and Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at UWA.

He was Principal Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education 2016 - 2021. Previously he worked at the Telethon Kids Institute from 2001-2015.

David's research focuses on mental health and wellbeing. He is currently leading After the Fires: a study of the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfire season on the wellbeing and resilience of Australia's first responders.


He was project leader for Answering the call, the Beyond Blue National Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey of Police and Emergency Services




He was also project leader for Young Minds Matter: The second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.




He has expertise in the analysis of linked administrative datasets, data from complex household surveys, administrative data linked to survey datasets, multi-level modelling, non-linear modelling, and time-series analysis.

David has practical experience in large-scale survey design and an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge statistical techniques in cross-sectional, longitudinal, and linked administrative data designs. This is coupled with a career-long interest in outcomes for children and families with disadvantaged backgrounds.

Research interests

Child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing
Mental health and wellbeing of first responders
Physical health of people with mental illness
Mental health and attendance, engagement and performance at school
Self-harm and suicidal behaviours

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Professor of Mental Health, Curtin University

17 Jan 202212 Dec 2040

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues

Research expertise keywords

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Harm And Suicidal Behaviours
  • School Attendance
  • Physical health of people with mental illness
  • Mental illness and smoking
  • Household surveys
  • Mental health of emergency services personnel


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