David Lawrence

Associate Professor, BSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 3124 Citations
  • 30 h-Index
1994 …2020

Personal profile


David joined the Graduate School of Education as Principal Research Fellow in 2016. Previously he worked at the Telethon Kids since 2001.

He is a statistician, survey methodologist and social researcher. His research experience covers a range of disciplines including biostatistics and epidemiology, mental health and Indigenous 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 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.


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


  • Mental Health/ Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Harm And Suicidal Behaviours
  • School Attendance
  • Physical health of people with mental illness
  • Mental illness and smoking
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Diet, nutrition, metabolism and obesity
  • Evidence-based preventive health
  • Human capability expansion
  • Survey methods and development

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 1994 2018

Mental disorders in Australian 4- to 17- year olds: Parent-reported need for help

Johnson, S., Lawrence, D., Sawyer, M. & Zubrick, S. R. 1 Feb 2018 In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 52, 2, p. 149-162

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Disorders
Conduct Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
2 Citations
academic achievement
school attendance
parent education

Common and differential factors associated with abstinence and poly drug use among Australian adolescents

Pettigrew, S., Jongenelis, M., Lawrence, D. & Rikkers, W. 1 Dec 2017 In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 50, p. 41-47 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pharmaceutical Preparations
Child Behavior

Development of the Adolescent Preoccupation with Screens Scale

Hunter, S. C., Houghton, S., Zadow, C., Rosenberg, M., Wood, L., Shilton, T. & Lawrence, D. 11 Aug 2017 In : BMC Public Health. 17, 8 p., 652

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access