Associate Professor David Benjamin Menkes


David is an academic psychiatrist with a background in psychology and pharmacology (PhD 1983, Yale), and a continuing interest in the optimal use and toxicology of drug treatments in psychiatry.

Research | Current

  • Toxicology of drug treatments in psychiatry
  • Adverse effects of antidepressants and antipsychotics
  • Metabolic syndrome in psychiatric patients
  • Disease mongering and medical practice
  • Doctors, nurses, and the pharmaceutical industry

David is currently working on a programme to monitor and manage the metabolic consequences of antipsychotic treatment.

He is also involved in studies of doctors' and nurses' interaction with the pharmaceutical industry, and attempting to develop workable policies to ensure such interactions serve the interests of patients and evidence-based healthcare.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dharmawardene, V., & Menkes, D. B. (2019). Responding to the UN Special Rapporteur's anti-psychiatry bias. The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, 53 (4), 282-283. 10.1177/0004867418818359
  • Nauta, K., Boenink, A. D., Wimalaratne, I. K., Menkes, D. B., Mellsop, G., & Broekman, B. (2019). Attitudes of general hospital consultants towards psychosocial and psychiatric problems in Netherlands. Psychology, health & medicine, 24 (4), 402-413. 10.1080/13548506.2018.1546020
  • Menkes, D. B. (2019). What keeps corporate power hidden from doctors?. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 36410.1136/bmj.l1031
  • Braillon, A., Lexchin, J., Noble, J. H., Menkes, D., M'sahli L, Fierlbeck, K., ... Naudet, F. (2019). Challenging the promotion of antidepressants for nonsevere depression. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica, 139 (3), 294-295. 10.1111/acps.13010
  • Menkes, D. B. (2019). Let's put clozapine in perspective. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 36410.1136/bmj.l480
  • Mellsop, G., Tapsell, R., & Menkes, D. B. (2019). Testing a hypothesis arising from the epidemiology of schizophrenia in New Zealand. General psychiatry, 32 (2)10.1136/gpsych-2019-100048
  • Menkes, D. B. (2018). Pharmacological interactions: more reason to regard alcohol as a drug. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 36310.1136/bmj.k4952
  • Cheung, G., Gale, C., & Menkes, D. B. (2018). What affects completion of the scholarly project? A survey of RANZCP trainees. Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 26 (5), 545-550. 10.1177/1039856218772250
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Cheung


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Primary office location

Level 0, Room 000
New Zealand

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