David is a clinical psychologist and Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural processes that precipitate and maintain mental illness. In particular, he has an interest in past and future thinking and their functions in mental health such as anticipating pleasure and problem-solving. He and his colleagues develop novel interventions in face-to-face and automated online formats. His work spans depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress and trauma-related disorders, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. David currently works part-time in his private practice in Melbourne, Australia where he provides psychological assessment and therapy for youth and adults. His interests include depression, schizophrenia, psychological treatment, memory, and emotion.
David Hallford summarises a meta-analysis of psychotherapies for subthreshold depression, which suggests they may have positive acute effects in adolescents, but are not effective in children less than 12 years of age.