Prof David Osborn

Prof David Osborn

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology

Epidemiology & Applied Clinical Research

Division of Psychiatry

Joined UCL
27th Oct 2003

Research summary

David's main research interests are the interface between physical and mental health and the provision of effective and safe interventions for people with Severe Mental iIlnesses including psychosis. 

He has a particular interest in harnessing large scale national, international and regional health data to answer big research questions in mental health.

He leads an ongoing NIHR-funded programme, PRIMROSE. The projects evaluate the best ways to assess and manage cardiovascular risk and physical health in people with severe mental illnesses. 

Scientific summary of the main studies here. www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/pgfar/pgfar07020/#/scientific-summary

PRIMROSE overview, including new projects 2022

He also researches acute crisis care including the recent NIHR AD-CARE Programme using mixed methods and health informatics.

Selected additional roles:

PI for UCL MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder

UCL Co-I on UKRI DATAMIND mental Health Informatics Hub

Academic lead for CRIS at Camden and Islington. A research database of 140,000 anonymised mental health records to improve treatments and outcomes for people with mental health problems

Health informatics lead on the NIHR UCLH BRC Mental Health theme. 2017-22

NIHR School for Public Health Research: Co-lead Public Mental Health research programme and UCL Investigator  2019-22.

NIHR ARC North Thames: Lead for Multi-morbidity Theme. 2019-24. Deputy Director 2021-


Teaching summary

David led on Integrated Academic Training in Psychiatry for UCL medics from 2008-2021.

He supervises PhDs related to adult psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, pharmaco-epidemiology, large datasets, health informatics and applied health service research.

He has supervised 11 PhDs to successful completion with 5 current PhD students.

He has examined 14 PhDs.

He has been clinical supervisor for over 50 psychiatric trainees (SHO and Registrar).

He was Divisional Graduate Tutor for research from 2004-2017. 

He teaches on UCL's Mental Health MScs and our MRES.



Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2000
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1997
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Doctorate, Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists | 1997
University College London
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery | 1993
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1990


David trained in medicine and social/political sciences at Cambridge University and then UCL.
He completed clinical psychiatry training in North London and was awarded an MRC clinical training fellowship to train as an academic in mental health research. This included a  PhD in psychosis and physical health at UCL and an MSc in epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
David's research has focused on the interface between mental health and physical health for over twenty years. 

Twitter @osborn_ucl

He works as a NHS consultant psychiatrist in acute community psychiatry in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

He is an Honorary Consultant at Public Health England/ OHID