Interviewee: Gavin Andrews
“Medicine is tough, work is hard, the hours are long, you have to be stoical under pressure, compassionate when required but most of all, you have to work and don’t complain. That doesn’t fit with a history of anxiety, depression or substance abuse”.
Professor Gavin Andrews, AO, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales at St Vincent’s Hospital, where he heads the Anxiety and Depression Clinic, and the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression. He has a 15 year track record in web based treatments for anxiety and depression, a 40 year track record of treating anxiety and depression using CBT. Gavin discusses the rates of anxiety and depression in medical students and the reasons underlying it; and provides information about ‘MED – THIS WAY UP’, an online mental health service that has a specific site for medical students and junior doctors.
Gavin has published more than 600 papers and books. In April 2017 his Hirsch index was 100 and he is on the ISI Most Highly Cited list for psychology and psychiatry with more than 40,000 citations to his work.
Gavin Andrews research interests began with stuttering, a neurodevelopmental disorder, extended to depression, epidemiology, treatment of common mental disorders, classification of mental disorders, cost effectiveness, and Internet treatment of internalising disorders.
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