David completed his undergraduate education at The University of Chicago and earned his PhD in Psychology at the University of Chicago in 1981. He did his post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
David trained in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago. He is also a graduate of Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research extramural training program.
In 1989, David received the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies. In 2002, David received a Distinguished Career Research Award from Division 12 of the American Psychological Association (Section on Emergencies and Crises).
He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a member of the International Academy for Suicide Research.
David’s academic work has tended to focus in three areas: the assessment and management of suicidal behavior, the treatment of patients with intractable mood disorders, and the psychosocial development of health professionals.
Clark DC, Zeldow PB: Vicissitudes of depressed mood during four years of medical school. Journal of the American Medical Association 260: 25521-2528, 1988.
Clark DC, Gibbons RD, Fawcett J, Scheftner WA: What is the mechanism by which suicide attempts predispose to later suicide attempts? A mathematical model. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 98: 42-49, 1989.
Gibbons RD, Clark DC: The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale: Exactly what does it measure? Journal of Psychiatric Research 27: 259-273, 1993.