David M. Clark

University of Oxford

Professor of Psychology


Dr. David M. Clark is a Professor of Psychology at Oxford. His research has led to the development of new and effective cognitive therapy programs for panic disorder, social phobia, and posttraumatic stress disorders.

Dr. David Clark is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford and a National Clinical Adviser at the Department of Health.

Dr. Clark is well-known for his research on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2000, Dr. Clark became Head of Psychology and co-founded the Center for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Institute of Psychiatry and associated Maudsley Hospital along with fellow Oxford psychologists trauma-specialist Anke Ehlers, and OCD-specialist Paul Salkovskis.

Alongside economist Richard Layard, Dr. Clark was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program in 2003. IAPT has grown each year since 2008 and now sees over 1 million people each year. 

Dr. Clark has won numerous awards in the UK and the USA. In 2013, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours for services to mental health. Recognition of his work also includes Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.

In 2014, with Layard, he published the book Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, in which Dr. Clark demonstrates the potential value of the wider availability of modern talking therapies and argue for fresh policy approaches to how we think about and deal with mental illness.

Education and Training


Oxford University, Experimental Psychology

Clinical Training

Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, London