David Lawrence

Associate Professor, BSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 3552 Citations
  • 32 h-Index
1994 …2020
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David joined the Graduate School of Education as Principal Research Fellow in 2016. Previously he worked at the Telethon Kids since 2001.

David's research focuses on mental health and wellbeing. He was project leader for the recently completed Young Minds Matter: The second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.




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



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


  • Education
  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • 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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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 1994 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)

Access to health professionals by children and adolescents with mental disorders: Are we meeting their needs?

Sawyer, M. G., Reece, C. E., Sawyer, A. C. P., Johnson, S. E., Hiscock, H. & Lawrence, D., 1 Oct 2018, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 52, 10, p. 972-982

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Disorders
Appointments and Schedules
1 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Social Networking
Data Accuracy

Answering the Call: National Survey of the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Police and Emergency Services

Lawrence, D., Kyron, M., Rikkers, W., Bartlett, J., Hafekost, K., Goodsell, B. & Cunneen, R., Nov 2018, Australia: The University of Western Australia. 216 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Separation Anxiety
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Health
Social Isolation
Feeding Behavior