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David Lawrence

Dr David Lawrence

Principal Research Fellow
Education, Graduate School of

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Graduate School of Education
The University of Western Australia (M428)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3017
BSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust.
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.
Key research
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
Key publications include:

Lawrence D, Johnson S, Hafekost J, et al (2015) The mental health of children and adolescents. Report on the second Australian child and adolescent survey of mental health and wellbeing. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.

Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV (2001) Duty to Care: Preventable physical illness in people with mental illness. University of Western Australia.

See full profile for an updated list of publications.

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