UCL Institute of Mental Health


Prof Anthony David

Professor of Mental Health Director & Sackler Chair, UCL Institute of Mental Health

Institute of Mental Health

Division of Psychiatry

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2018


University of Glasgow
Doctorate, Doctor of Medicine | 1993
University of Glasgow
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery | 1980


I graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980 andtrained in neurology before entering psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital,London.  I also have a Masters degree inCognitive Neuropsychology.  I was anhonorary consultant at the Maudsley from 1990-2018 and was awarded a personalchair from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in 1996. I was ViceDean for Academic Psychiatry at the IoPPN in 2013-8.

I have a wide and diverse range of research interestsincluding schizophrenia, neuropsychiatry, medically unexplained syndromes andneuroimaging – both structural and functional. I am especially interested in the concept of insight in schizophreniaand how this relates to treatment compliance and decision making capacity. I ama Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatristsand the Academy of Medical Sciences; a member of the Experimental PsychologySociety and a founder member of both the British Neuropsychological Society andBritish Neuropsychiatry Association and was Chairman to the latter from 2004-7.I delivered the inaugural “King’s Lectures” in 2018 on the topic “Psychiatry,Science and Society”.

I am editor of the journal “Cognitive Neuropsychiatry” and haveco-edited several books including, The Self in Neuroscience and Psychiatry(2003) with Tilo Kircher, and Insight andPsychosis (2nd Ed) (2004) with Xavier Amador and Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry (2009).  I am author of over 600 publications in peerreviewed medical and scientific journals.