PROF DAVID FORBES

PROF DAVID FORBES

Positions

  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Anxiety and Depression

Overview

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  • Professor David Forbes is the Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH). He completed his clinical training (M.A. Clinical Psychology) and PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has worked in both acute crisis and continuing care settings across the community mental health system and in specialist traumatic stress services. David joined the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH - then the National Centre for War-Related PTSD) in 1999 as Deputy Director and was appointed Director of ACPMH in January 2012. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. David has played an active role in all three arms of ACPMH’s areas of activity: research, education and training, and policy and service development. He was the Co-Chair of the Steering Group for the NHMRC approved Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Professor Forbes sits on the Editorial Boards of key international journals and publishes widely in the international literature. Professor Forbes has a specialised interest in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress and in veteran and military mental health.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 2012 -
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 1999 -
  • Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Psychologists. Member 1995 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Fellow 1991 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • Forbes, D ., Creamer, M., Perry, D. & Bryant. The effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for VVCS clients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs (2007): $352,000

    Forbes, D ., Barton, D., Wolfgang, B. & Creamer (2007) Development, testing and dissemination of a clinical algorithm for PTSD. Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs (2007): $186,000

    O’Donnell, M.L., Forbes, D., Creamer, M., Holmes, A., Ellen, S., Bryant, R. Telephone-administered early psychological intervention for depression and anxiety following serious injury. beyondblue (2009): $300,000

    Forbes, D., Lloyd, D., Creamer, M., Couineau, A-L., Nixon, R. & O’Donnell, M. Examining the effectiveness of the implementation of cognitive processing therapy across the VVCS service system: The next steps in implementation research. $262,550 Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Wade, D., Forbes, D ., Hetrick, S. & Varker, T. Meta-analysis of gender differences in posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcomes $97, 200 Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Wade, D., Forbes, D . & Varker, T. Gender differences in mental health among military personnel and veterans: A Review of the Literature $54,912 Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Creamer, M., Forbes, D ., McFarlane, A. C., Bryant, R., Devilly, G., & Mathews, L. The development of clinical practice guidelines for Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Emergency Management Australia Research Award (2005): $99,500.

    Forbes, D . A longitudinal analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and their relationship with fear a   

Awards

Education and training

  • BA, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • MA, University of Melbourne

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • - Posttraumatic Stress
    - Personality and Mental Health
    - Veteran and Military Mental Health