Dr David O'Shaughnessy

Dr David O’Shaughnessy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) . David is an anthropologist who also has training in health psychology and software engineering. He specialises in mixed-methods and interdisciplinary work, having conducted qualitative and quantitative research in a range of health and community settings.

Some examples of David’s research include a biopsychosocial evaluation of a novel addiction treatment program (during his doctoral studies at James Cook University), and the anthropology of cognition and mathematics with remote Indigenous communities in Bolivia (during his postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley).

His work focuses on enabling cultural understanding through intensive fieldwork, while combining this contextual information with quantitative insights. He currently works on mixed-method projects concerning homelessness, child health, and entrenched disadvantage. David has a PhD in medical anthropology from James Cook University, a Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Edith Cowan University.

David has a PhD in medical anthropology from James Cook University, a Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Edith Cowan University.

Focus areas

  • Homelessness
  • Child health
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Addiction
  • Indigenous medicine

Research methods

Ethnographic fieldwork, mixed-methods, qualitative research, quantitative research.


david.oshaughnessy@uwa.edu.au