David Kavanagh "undertook his initial degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Sydney. He worked as a psychologist and later as an area manager of community health services in Sydney (1973-77), before joining what is now the University of Western Sydney (1978-80). He completed an MA and PhD from Stanford University in 1983, and worked at the University of Sydney until 1996—for two years as Head of Psychology. He joined the University of Queensland in 1997 as an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, and was promoted to Professor in 2003. He has been Director of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences from 2001-2004.
"David is a member of several boards and committees, including Board of Wesley Research Institute. He is an Associate Editor of Addiction (a leading international journal in the field), Australian Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist. He served on NHMRC Project Grants Panels in 2003-2004, and regularly takes part in policy development by the Commonwealth and State health departments on the management of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders.
"David has been chief investigator on grants totalling $4.5m over the last 5 years. He is currently the lead investigator on the 5-year “AIMhi” Mental Health Partnerships Grant from NHMRC (involving $2.5m from NHMRC, plus cash or in-kind contributions of more than $3m from partners), which aims to develop sustainable methods for improving outcomes in chronic or recurring mental disorders. He currently has a total of around 100 publications, including 4 books and over 70 refereed journal papers, some of which have been very highly cited. In 1992 he was awarded the Ian Mathew Campbell Prize by the Australian Psychological Society for contributions to clinical psychology research and practice, and in 1993 was conferred a Fellowship by the Society. He has held an Associate Fellowship from the British Psychological Society for contributions to research, and has been give Sunflower Awards by the Schizophrenia Fellowship of South-East Queensland in 1999 and 2002 for research into schizophrenia."