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Professor David S Baldwin MA DM FRCPsych FRSA FHEA

Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK, Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK

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Professor David Baldwin is Professor of Psychiatry within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

I strive to enhance understanding of anxiety and depression and to provide comprehensive patient-centred clinical care: and adhere to no particular ideology about the nature, causes or treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Anxiety and depression: research, education and treatment.

I aim to improve outcomes in mood and anxiety disorders: by investigating the role of neurobiological and psychological factors in causing and maintaining illness; by exploring notions of emotional well-being; through improving trial design when evaluating efficacy and tolerability of treatment interventions; by assessing the effectiveness and acceptability of treatment interventions in wider clinical practice; through identifying more accurately those patient groups at particular risk of poor outcomes; and by offering a tertiary referral specialist clinical service to patients with treatment-resistant conditions.


MB BS, University of London, 1984
FRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2002
DM, University of Southampton, 2004
MA, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2015

Appointments held

Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Southampton 1994-2006

Reader in Psychiatry, University of Southampton 2006-2010

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Southampton 2010 onwards

Research interests

Neurobiological and psychological factors in causing and maintaining illness: experimental medicine approaches in anxiety and the placebo response (MRC)

Exploring notions of emotional well-being: studies in health professionals (HEE)

Improving trial design when evaluating efficacy and tolerability of treatment interventions: investigations of potential anxiolytics and antidepressants, and of treatment-emergent adverse events

Assessing the effectiveness and acceptability of treatment interventions in wider clinical practice: studies in OCD, autism (NIHR)


Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Current PhD/DM students:

  • Aimee O’Neill
  • Gemma Simons

Former PhD students:

  • Andrew Mayers
  • Pipasha Biswas
  • Ben Ainsworth
  • Louise Baker
  • Verity Pinkney
  • Johanna Miler
  • Nupur Tiwari
  • Daniel Meron
  • Conal Twomey
  • Michael Breen
  • Sophia Chambers
  • Hesham Elnazer

Faculty of Medicine

Head of the University Department of Psychiatry.

National and international responsibilities

Chair of the Education Committee of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

President-Elect, British Association for Psychopharmacology.

Past President of Depression Alliance.

Medical Patron of Anxiety UK.

Clinical Advisor to the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression.

Editor-in-Chief of Human Psychopharmacology.


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Working Paper

Lectures and seminars in BM5 curriculum and student selected modules; BMedSci and MMedSci student supervision.

Professor David S Baldwin
University Department of Psychiatry Academic Centre, College Keep 4-12 Terminus Terrace Southampton SO14 3DT Tel. + 44 02382 310 764; Fax + 44 02382 310 766 Email:

Room Number: 123 Coll. Keep/22

Telephone:(023) 8231 0774

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