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Professor David Veale
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr David Veale

Professor David Veale

Dr David Veale is the lead consultant responsible for obsessive compulsive and related disorders services at Priory Hospital North London. These include body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), health anxiety and a specific phobia of vomiting. He has developed a rapid treatment for depression using triple chronotherapy for inpatients (sleep deprivation, phase advance of sleep and bright light therapy). He has been based at Priory Hospital North London since 1990.  


David completed his training at the Royal Free and the Maudsley teaching rotations. He is now a visiting professor in cognitive behaviour therapies (CBT) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is a member of the group revising the diagnostic guidelines for ICD11 for obsessive compulsive and related disorders for the World Health Organisation. He was a member of the group that wrote the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on OCD and BDD in 2006, and chaired the NICE Evidence Update on OCD and BDD in 2013. Uniquely, he is an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a trustee of the national charities, OCD Action and the BDD Foundation. He has frequently appeared on television documentaries and spoken at international conferences.

Research interests

His research interests have mainly been in developing and evaluating psychological therapies for OCD, BDD and vomit phobia. Lately he has been researching the effectiveness of rapid treatment of depression by triple chronotherapy (sleep deprivation, phase advance of sleep and bright light therapy) and behavioural activation. He is also researching the role of nutrition and gut microbiota as a treatment for depression. He has lectured internationally including Australia, Singapore, USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Clinical articles and research papers

David has published about 120 articles, 35 teaching articles or reviews, 14 book chapters, and 6 books. View the full list here.

I have a reputation internationally for my experience in treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders (e.g. body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and health anxiety), which are my main specialisms, as well as for treating other anxiety disorders (e.g. specific phobia of vomiting and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)). I also have a special interest in non-pharmacological treatments for depression that are evidence-based. I see patients with addictions and eating disorders in the context of OCD or an anxiety disorder. My aim is to have a good understanding of your problem and to collaboratively deliver a treatment plan.

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  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Royal Free Hospital School Medicine, University of London, July 1982
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), Basic Medical Sciences with specialisation in Psychology (Upper Second Class Honours), Bedford College, University of London, 1979
  • Diploma in Cognitive Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counselling, Goldsmith's College, University of London, 1990
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Research thesis in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), University of London, 1995
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS), 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), 2003
  • Honorary Fellow, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, (FBABCP), 2015
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Research thesis on aerobic exercise in the adjunctive treatment of depression - a randomised controlled trial, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, 1989
  • Registration of specialist training in General Adult Psychiatry with the General Medical Council, 1992
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