Sir David Goldberg

Professor Emeritus & Fellow, King’s College, London

Dr. Goldberg has devoted his professional life to improving the teaching of psychological skills to doctors of all kinds, and to improving the quality of services for those with severe mental illnesses. He has advised the Department of Health in the UK over the years about service developments, and has been extensively used by the World Health Organisation as a mental health consultant.

His interests are in vulnerability factors which predispose people to develop depression, and in teaching general practitioners to give a better service to psychologically distressed patients. His research over many years has been concentrated on the details of communication between GP’s and their patients, and he has applied these principles to his teaching of mental health workers in developing countries. He was Chairman of the Guideline Development Group for Depression, and is currently Chairman of the Guideline for Depression in Physical Diseases for NICE.

His basic medical qualifications and his Doctorate are from the University of Oxford. After completing his psychiatric training at the Maudsley, he went to Manchester, where for over 20 years he was Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science. In 1993 he returned to the Maudsley as Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research and Development. He is a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford; King’s College, London; and the Academy of Medical Sciences.