Professor David Copolov AO - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement)

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement), Professor Copolov is responsible for providing Senior Management oversight of:

  • student experience activities, including issues at the interface between the University and student associations
  • central leadership programs, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program and Monash Minds
  • Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses
  • the University's Diversity Agenda.

He also provides strategic, policy and operational input in relation to capital development, mental health policies and a variety of cross-portfolio issues that arise within both the Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

Professional background

Before joining the University full-time in 2004, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria - a position he held for 19 years

He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Professor of Physiology at Monash and Professorial Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He is a Director on the Board of the Royal Women’s Hospital and was Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) from 2008-2016, and a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute from 2004-2013, the last six as Deputy Chairman.

He is a passionate advocate for a reversal of the dehospitalisation which has taken place in the public mental health sector.

He has held several advisory appointments to federal and state governments, including 12 years as a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Mental Health and eight years as the psychiatric expert on the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee.

Academic interests

Professor Copolov trained in psychiatry and internal medicine and received his PhD in the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders.

His research interests lie in schizophrenia, particularly in understanding why people suffering from the condition hear distressing voices and how they can be better helped to cope with this symptom.

He has published more than 220 papers. In 2011 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2016 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.


Catherine Goodman
Personal Assistant to Professor David Copolov
Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President
Monash University, Clayton campus
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria, 3800
Telephone: +61 3 9905 2063
Fax: +61 3 9905 9221