David Phillips

Ph.D. - Princeton, 1970

Areas of Specialization: Demography, Epidemiology, Medical Errors, Suicide, Accidents, Homicide, Mass Media

Email Address: dphillips@ucsd.edu


David Phillips received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at Johns Hopkins University and at SUNY Stony Brook, before joining the UCSD faculty. His articles have appeared in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Sociology, and in other journals and compilations. In 1981 he received the Revelle College Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1983 he received the Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for his work on suicide. In 1984 he received the 1983 Socio-Psychological Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work on homicide. He has served as a consultant to General Motors Research Laboratories, to the Canadian Solicitor General, and to numerous law firms. He taught courses on introductory sociology, statistical analysis of sociological data, the sociology of suicide, and the mass media.

Selected Publications:

*"Morbidity and Mortality from Medical Errors: An Increasingly Serious Public Health Problem" (with Charlene Bredder; DPP as main author); forthcoming in Annual Review of Public Health, 2002.

*"The Hound of the Baskervilles effect: Influence of psychological stress on the timing of death" (with G. Liu, J. Jarvinen, K. Kwok, W. Zhang, I. Abramson; DPP as main author); forthcoming in British Medical Journal, December, 2001.

*"Field Studies" (with L. Glynn; DPP as main author); in the Encyclopedia of Psychology, Oxford University Press. Alan E. Kazdin, editor in chief. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.

*"An increase in the number of deaths in the United States in the first week of the month An association with substance abuse and other causes of death" (with N. Christenfeld and N. Ryan; DPP as main author). New England Journal of Medicine, July, 1999, Vol. 341, pp. 93-98. (This paper was reprinted, in part, in the 2000 Yearbook of Emergency Medicine (W. Burdick et al., eds.).

*"Increase in U.S. medication-error deaths between 1983 and 1993" (with N. Christenfeld and L. Glynn; DPP as main author), The Lancet, Feb 28, 1998, Vol. 351, pp. 643-644. (This paper was reprinted, in part, in the 1999 Yearbook of Surgery (E. Copeland, ed.), and in Health News, April, 1998.)

*"Elevated suicide levels associated with legalized gambling" (with W. Welty and M. Smith; DPP as main author); in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Dec., 1997, Vol. 27,#4,pp.373-378.

*"Suicide and the Media: Research and Policy Implications" (with K. Lesyna; DPP as main author); in R. Diekstra et al., (Eds.), Preventive Strategies on Suicide (Leiden, World Health Organization, 1995).