Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development), Murdoch University

David is an Organizational Psychologist by training having graduated in this area from the Universities of Sheffield (Masters) and Wales (PhD) in the UK.  His PhD is in Human Factors in Engineering Design and he has worked in the broad area of technology, decision making and stress in both laboratory and industrial settings. His publication outputs cover diverse fields from ergonomics, engineering and economics to human resource management, clinical psychology and fundamental psychological research.

Prior to appointment at Murdoch University David was a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia.  He was Head of School of Psychology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences and was the longest serving Head for 50 years, Director of the Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Centre for Organizational Research at UWA.
Other academic appointments (in reverse chronology) have been held in Schools of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Murdoch University and the University Of Wales Institute Of Science and Technology and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

David is a registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology as an endorsed specialty, Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, member of the Academy of Management (US) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

In the past four years he has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at Murdoch University.  The Development part of this portfolio was added to reflect the increased role he was taking in building international collaborations in Asia, India and Africa.  David sits on the steering committee of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and is a board member for a number of organizations including: Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, National Centre for Excellence in Desalination, Australia China Business Council and the WA Animal Resources Authority.