Research Professor David Lawrence

Research Professor David Lawrence

BSc, PhD, ATCL

Areas of Research expertise: Child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, Physical health of people with mental illness, Smoking,Diet, nutrition and obesity, Human capability expansion

David Lawrence is a Research Professor at The University of Western Australia, seconded to the Telethon Kids Institute.

He has been working at the Institute since 2001, but has been involved with the Institute since 1991 when he worked on the Western Australian Child Health Survey. 

David has expertise in the design and analysis of complex surveys and in the use of linked administrative data.  His research interests include the child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, physical health of people with mental illness, smoking, diet, nutrition and obesity, and human capability expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Lawrence D (2014) Excess mortality, mental illness and global burden of disease. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. Dec 22: 1-3.

 

Christensen D, Davis G, Draper G, Mitrou F, McKeown S, Lawrence D, McAullay D, Pearson G, Rikkers W, Zubrick SR  (2014) Evidence for the use of an algorithm in resolving inconsistent and missing Indigenous status in administrative data collections. Australian Journal of Social Issues. 49: 423-443.

 

Boterhoven de Haan KL, Hafekost J, Lawrence D, Sawyer MG, Zubrick SR (2014) Reliability and validity of a short version of the general functioning subscale of the McMaster Family Assessment Device. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12113

 

Christensen D, Zubrick SR, Lawrence D, Mitrou, Taylor CL (2014) Risk factors for low receptive vocabulary abilities in the preschool and early school years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. PLoS One 9(7):e101476. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101476.

 

Hancock KJ, Lawrence D, Zubrick SR (2014) Higher maternal protectiveness is associated with higher odds of child overweight and obesity: A longitudinal Australian study. PLoS One 9(6): e100686. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100686

 

Mitrou F, Cooke M, Lawrence D, Povah D, Mobilia E, Guimond E, Zubrick SR (2014) Gaps in Indigenous disadvantage not closing: a census cohort study of social determinants of health in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand from 1981-2006. BMC Public Health. 14: 201.

 

Kisely S, Xiao J, Lawrence D, Jian L (2014) Is the effect of compulsory community treatment on preventable deaths from physical disorders mediated by better access to specialised medical procedures? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 59: 54-58.

 

Hancock KJ, Mitrou F, Shipley M, Lawrence D, Zubrick SR (2013) A three generation study of the mental health relationships between grandparents, parents and children. BMC Psychiatry. 13: 299.

 

Taylor CL, Christensen D, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2013) Risk factors for children's receptive vocabulary development from four to eight years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. PLoS One  8(9): e73046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073046.

 

O'Sullivan TA, Hafekost K, Mitrou F, Lawrence D (2013) Food sources of saturated fat and the association with mortality: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Public Health. 103(9):e31-42. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301492.

 

Rikkers W, Hafekost K, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2013) Trends in sugar supply and consumption in Australia: Is there an Australian Paradox? BMC Public Health. 13: 668.

 

Lawrence D, Hancock K, Kisely S (2013) The gap in life expectancy from preventable physical illness in psychiatric patients: A retrospective analysis of population based registers in Western Australia. BMJ. 346:f2539.

 

Kisely S, Crowe E, Lawrence D, White A, Connor J (2013) A time series analysis of presentations to Queensland health facilities for alcohol-related conditions, following the increase in 'alcopops' tax. Australasian Psychiatry. 21: 383-388.

 

Lawrence D, Hafekost J, Hull P, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2013) Smoking, mental illness and socioeconomic disadvantage: Analysis of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. BMC Public Health. 13: 462.

 

Kisely S, Preston N, Xiao J, Lawrence D, Louise S, Crowe E, Segal S (2013) An eleven-year evaluation of the effect of community treatment orders on changes in mental health service use. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 47: 650-656.

 

Hafekost K, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, O'Sullivan TA, Zubrick SR (2013) Tackling overweight and obesity: does the public health message match the science? BMC Medicine. 11: 41.

 

Kisely S, Crowe E, Lawrence D (2013) Cancer-related mortality in people with mental illness. JAMA Psychiatry. 70: 209-217.

 

Kisely S, Preston N, Xiao J, Lawrence D, Louise S, Crowe E (2013) Reducing all-cause mortality among patients with psychiatric disorders. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 185: E50-E56.

 

Lawrence D, Christensen D, Mitrou F, Draper G, Davis G, McKeown S, McAullay D, Pearson G, Zubrick SR (2012) Adjusting for under-identification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander births in time series produced from birth records: using record linkage of survey data and administrative data sources. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 12: 90.

 

Pereira G, Blair E, Lawrence D (2012) Validation of a model for optimal birth weight: a prospective study using serial ultrasounds. BMC Pediatrics. 12: 73.

 

Hancock KJ, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zarb D, Berthelsen D, Nicholson JM, Zubrick SR (2012) The association between playgroup participation, learning competence and social-emotional wellbeing for children aged 4-5 years in Australia.  Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 37: 72-81.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2012) Premature to conclude no genetic basis to the association between smoking and major depressive disorder. Human Genetics. 131: 903-904.

 

Zubrick SR, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Christensen D, Taylor CL (2012) Early mental health morbidity and later smoking at age 17 years.  Psychological Medicine. 42: 1103-1115.

 

Hafekost K, Mitrou F, Lawrence D, Zubrick SR (2011) Sugar sweetened beverage consumption by Australian children: Implications for public health strategy.  BMC Public Health. 11: 950.

 

Kisely S, Pais J, White A, Connor J, Quek LH, Crilly JL, Lawrence D (2011) The effect of the increase in "alcopops" tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series.  Medical Journal of Australia. 195: 690-693.

 

Lawrence D, Lawn S, Kisely S, Bates A, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2011) The potential impact of smoke-free facilities on smoking cessation in people with mental illness.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 45: 1053-1068.

 

Kisely S, Quek LH, Pais J, Lalloo R, Johnson NW, Lawrence D (2011) Advanced dental disease in people with severe mental illness. Systematic review and meta-analysis.  British Journal of Psychiatry.  199: 187-193.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2011) Setting minimum standards of evidence for population health interventions.  Addiction.  106: 1558-1559.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2011) Global research neglect of population-based approaches to smoking cessation: Time for a more rigorous science of population health interventions.  Addiction.  106: 1549-1554.

 

Zubrick SR, Mitrou F, Lawrence D, Silburn SR (2011) Maternal death and the onward psychosocial circumstance of Australian Aboriginal children and young people.  Psychological Medicine. 41: 1971-1980.

 

Mitchell AJ, Lawrence D (2011) Revascularisation and mortality rates following acute coronary syndromes in people with schizophrenia or severe mental illness - a comparative meta-analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry.  198:  434-441.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2011) Non-specific psychological distress, smoking status and smoking cessation: United States National Health Interview Survey 2005.  BMC Public Health. 11: 256.

 

Brinkman SA, Johnson S, Lawrence D, Codde J, Hart B, Straton J, Silburn S (2010) Study protocol for the evaluation of an Infant Simulator based program delivered in schools: A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials. 11: 100.

 

Mitrou F, Gaudie J, Lawrence D, Silburn SR, Stanley FJ, Zubrick SR (2010) Antecedents of hospital admission for deliberate self-harm from a 14-year follow-up study using data linkage. BMC Psychiatry. 10: 82.

 

Lawrence D, Kisely S, Pais J (2010).  The epidemiology of excess mortality in people with mental illness.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. (Invited review) 55: 752-760

 

Lawrence D, Kisely S (2010). Inequalities in health care provision for people with severe mental illness.  Journal of Psychopharmacology. (Invited review) 24 (11 Suppl 4): 61-68.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Sawyer MR, Zubrick SR (2010).  Smoking status and emotional or behavioural problems in young people: Child and Adolescent component of the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.  44: 805-814. 

 

Lawrence D, Considine J, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2010)  Anxiety disorders and cigarette smoking. Results from the Australian Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.  44: 521-528.

 

Gaudie J, Mitrou F, Lawrence D, Stanley FJ, Silburn SR, Zubrick SR (2010) Antecedents of teenage pregnancy from a 14-year follow-up study using data linkage.  BMC Public Health.  10: 63.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F (2010) Common mental disorders: a missed opportunity for smoking prevention and cessation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 44: 96-7.

 

Zubrick SR, Taylor CL, Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Christensen D, Dalby R (2009)  The development of human capability across the lifecourse: Perspectives from childhood.  Australasian Epidemiologist. 16: 6-10.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F, Zubrick SR (2009)  Smoking and mental illness: results from population surveys in Australia and the United States. BMC Public Health. 9: 285.

 

Lawrence D, Mitrou F (2009)  One-third of adult smokers have a mental illness.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 43: 177-178.

 

Kisely S, Sadek J, MacKenzie A,Lawrence DM, Campbell LA (2008)  Excess cancer mortality in psychiatric patients.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.  53: 753-761.

 

Oddy WH, Kickett-Tucker C, De Maio JA, Lawrence DM, Cox A, Silburn SR, Stanley FJ, Zubrick SR (2008)  The association of infant feeding with parent-reported infections and hospitalisations in the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 32: 207-215.

 

Jones-Fairnie H, Ferroni P, Silburn S, Lawrence D (2008)  Suicide in Australian Veterinarians.  Australian Veterinary Journal. 66: 114-116.

 

Cooke M, Mitrou FG,Lawrence DM, Guimond E, Beavon D (2007)  Aboriginal well-being in four countries: An application of the UNDP's Human Development Index to Aboriginal peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.  BMC International Health and Human Rights. 7: 9.

 

Brinkman SA, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Goldfeld S, Sayers M, Oberklaid F (2007)  Investigating the validity of the Australian Early Development Index.  Early Education and Development.  18: 427-451.

 

Silburn SR, Blair E, Griffin JA, Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, De Maio JA (2007)  Developmental and environmental factors supporting the health and well-being of Aboriginal adolescents.  International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.  19: 345-354.

 

Kisely S, Smith M, Lawrence D, Cox M, Campbell LA, Maaten S (2007)  Inequitable access for mentally ill patients to some medically necessary procedures?  Canadian Medical Association Journal.  176: 779-784.

 

Silburn SR, Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, De Maio JA, Blair E, Cox A, Dalby RB, Griffin JA, Pearson G, Hayward C (2006)  The intergenerational effects of forced separation on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people.  Family Matters.  75: 10-17. 

 

Kisely S, Smith M, Lawrence DM, Maaten S (2005) Mortality in individuals who have had psychiatric treatment. Population-based study in Nova Scotia. British Journal of Psychiatry. 187: 552-558. 

 

Zubrick SR, Ward KA, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Williams AA, Blair E, Robertson D, Sanders MR (2005)  Prevention of child behaviour problems through universal implementation of a group behavioural family intervention.  Prevention Science, 6: 287-304. 

 

Blair EM, Liu Y, de Klerk NH, Lawrence DM (2005) Optimal fetal growth for the Caucasian singleton and assessment of appropriateness of fetal growth: an analysis of a total population perinatal database.  BMC Pediatrics. 5: 13. 

 

Preen DB, Holman CDJ, Lawrence DM, Baynham N, Semmens JB (2004)  Hospital chart review provided more accurate comorbidity information than data from a general practitioner survey or an administrative database.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 57: 1295-1304. 

 

Preen DB, Holman CDJ, Lawrence DM, Semmens JB, Spilsbury K (2004)  Modelling comorbidity recency, duration and severity with risk adjustment for mortality and morbidity outcomes with administrative data.  Australasian Epidemiologist.  11: 12-19.

 

Brameld K, Holman CDJ, Lawrence D, Hobbs MS (2003)  Improved methods for estimating incidence from linked hospital morbidity data.  International Journal of Epidemiology.  32: 617-624. 

 

Kisely S, Lawrence D, Preston N (2003)  The effect of recalling paracetamol: an epidemiologic study from Western Australia.  Medical Journal of Australia.  178: 72-74.

 

Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV, Hobbs MST (2003)  The increasing death rate from ischaemic heart disease in Western Australian psychiatric patients 1980-1998.  British Journal of Psychiatry.  182: 31-36. 

 

Lawrence D, Coghlan R (2002)  Health inequalities and the health needs of people with mental illness.  NSW Public Health Bulletin.  13: 155-158.

 

Brameld KJ, Holman CDJ, Threlfall TJ,Lawrence D, De Klerk N (2002)  Increasing "active prevalence" of cancer in Western Australia and its implications for health services.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.26: 164-169. 

 

Almeida O, Hulse G, Lawrence D, Flicker L (2002)  Smoking as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease: contrasting evidence from a systematic review of case-control and cohort studies.  Addiction.  97: 15-28. 

 

Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV, Fuller SA, Stoney AJ (2001)  Increasing rates of suicide in Western Australian psychiatric patients: a record linkage study.  Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  104: 443-451.

 

Jablensky AV, Lawrence D(2001)  [Invited Commentary]  Schizophrenia and cancer:  Is there a need to invoke a protective gene?  Archives of General Psychiatry.  58: 579-580. 

 

Lawrence D, McKenzie R (2000)  The general application of significance editing.  Journal of Official Statistics.  16: 243-253. 

 

Lawrence D, Almeida OP, Hulse GK, Jablensky AV, Holman CDJ (2000)  Suicide and attempted suicide amongst older adults in Western Australia.  Psychological Medicine.  30: 813-821.

 

Lawrence D, Jablensky AV, Holman CDJ, Pinder TJ (2000)  Mortality in Western Australian psychiatric patients.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  35: 341-347.

 

Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV, Threlfall TJ, Fuller SA (2000)  Excess cancer mortality in Western Australian psychiatric patients due to higher case fatality rates.  Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  101: 382-388. 

 

Book chapters

 

Lawrence D, Hancock KJ, Kisely S (2015) Cancer and mental illness. In Sartorius N, Holt RIG, Maj M, editors. Comorbidity of mental and physical disorders. (pp 88-98). Karger, Key Issues in Mental Health, Vol 179, Basel.

 

Kisely S, Lawrence D, Kelly G, Pais J, Crowe E (2011) The interaction between melanoma and psychiatric disorder. In Murph M, ed. Melanoma in the clinic - Diagnosis, management and complications of malignancy (pp. 287-310). Rijeka: InTech.

 

Cooke M, Mitrou F, Lawrence D, Guimond E, Beavon D (2010)  Indigenous well-being in four countries.  In Raphael D, editor. Health promotion and quality of life in Canada. Essential Readings (pp. 189-204).  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

 

Silburn SR, Blair E, Griffin JA, Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, De Maio JA, Dalby R (2009)  Health and well-being of Aboriginal adolescents. In Bennett D, Towns S, Elliott E, Merrick J, editors.  Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective (pp 73-89).  Jerusalem: Nova Publishers.

 

Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Shepherd C, Mitrou FG, De Maio JA, Dalby RB, Griffin JA, Pearson G, Hayward C (2008)  Population capability and human development models: Policy changes to improve the lives of Australian Aboriginal children and families.  In Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I, editors.  Contexts of child development: Culture, policy and intervention (pp 59-72).  Darwin:  Charles Darwin University Press.

 

Cooke M, Mitrou FG, Lawrence DM, Guimond E, Beavon D (2007)  Aboriginal well-being in four countries: An application of the UNDP's Human Development Index to Aboriginal peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.  In White JP, Beavon D, Spence N, editors.  Aboriginal well-being: Canada's continuing challenge (pp 87-105).  Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

 

Reports

 

Wu F, Ireland M, Hafekost K, Lawrence D (2013) National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students. Melbourne: beyondblue. http://www.beyondblue.org.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/bl1132-report---nmhdmss-full-report_web.pdf?sfvrsn=2

 

Brinkman S, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Oberklaid F, Goldfeld S, Sayers M, Coutts M, Hart B (2007)  Construct and concurrent validity of the Australian Early Development Index: A report to the Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Early Development Index: Building Better Communities for Children project.  Melbourne: Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital.   http://www.rch.org.au/emplibrary/australianedi/AEDI_LSAC_Validation_Study_Report_Final.pdf

 

Mitrou F, Lawrence D, De Maio J, and the WAACHS team (2006). Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. In: Australian Social Trends 2006. Australian Bureau of Statistics Catalogue 4102.0. Canberra: ABS. pp 97-103.  http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4102.02006?OpenDocument

 

Soloff C, Lawrence DM, Misson S, Johnstone R (2006) The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Wave 1 weighting and non-response. LSAC Technical Paper No. 3. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.  http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/pubs/technical/index.html

 

Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, De Maio JA, Shepherd C, Griffin JA, Dalby RB, Mitrou FG, Lawrence DM, Hayward C, Pearson G, Milroy H, Milroy J, Cox A (2006) The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Improving the educational experiences of Aboriginal children and young people. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.   http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/waachs/publications/volume_three

 

Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, De Maio JA, Biddle N (2006) Testing the reliability of a measure of Aboriginal children's mental health. An analysis based on the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics (Catalogue No. 1351.0.55.011).  http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/ProductsbyCatalogue/A2C67B4298D64152CA25712400156BC1?OpenDocument

 

Soloff C, Lawrence DM, Johnstone R (2005) The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Sample Design. LSAC Technical Paper No. 1. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.  http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/pubs/technical/index.html

 

Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, De Maio JA, Cox A, Li J (2005) The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.  http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/waachs/publications/volume_two

 

De Maio JA, Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, Cox A (2005) The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Measuring the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Children and Intergenerational Effects of Forced Separation. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.   http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/files/user17/Volume2_TechPaper.pdf

 

Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, De Maio JA, Cox A, Li J. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Forced separation from natural family, forced relocation from traditional country or homeland, and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people: Additional notes: Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, 2005.  http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/files/user17/Chapter_7_Additional_Notes.pdf

 

Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, Silburn SR, Blair E, Milroy H, Wilkes T, Eades S, D'Antoine H, Read A, Ishiguchi P, Doyle S (2004)  The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: The Health of Aboriginal Children and Young People.  Perth.  Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.  http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/waachs/publications/volume_one

 

Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV (2001)  Duty to Care: Preventable physical illness in people with mental illness.  University of Western Australia.   http://www.sph.uwa.edu.au/research/chsr/projects/dtc-report

 

Coghlan R,Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV (2001)  Duty to Care: Preventable physical illness in people with mental illness: Stakeholder summary.  University of Western Australia.  http://www.sph.uwa.edu.au/research/chsr/projects/dtc-report

 

Coghlan R, Lawrence D, Holman CDJ, Jablensky AV (2001)  Duty to Care: Preventable physical illness in people with mental illness: Consumer summary.  University of Western Australia.  http://www.sph.uwa.edu.au/research/chsr/projects/dtc-report

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