David Okai MRCPsych MD(Res) PGDip(CBT) is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Psychiatry Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and Clinical Lead for the department.
He trained in Psychiatry at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital, where he also undertook a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He was a Neuropsychiatry Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience where he designed and evaluated the first PD-specific, semi-structured interview, to cover the full range of PD impulse control behaviours, and was involved in the evaluation of a CBT-based randomised-control trial, managing impulsive compulsive behaviours in Parkinson’s disease.
He is a member of the Movement Disorders Task Force on Rating Scales in ICBs, and was also a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel of Parkinson’s UK. In 2017 he was one of the advisors for an all party parliamentary group on anxiety and depression in Parkinson’s. In 2012 he was awarded a Movement Disorders Society, Junior Investigator award for current contribution to the field of ICBs in PD.
He has published book chapters on Neuropsychiatry and Psychology and has additional interests in factors such as the real world validity of psychological tests of Dysexecutive Syndrome. He is involved with ongoing work on large prospective studies of PD progression and how this impacts on personality and behaviour in Oxford.