David Laing Dawson


Formerly Professor of Psychiatry, McMaster University, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Dawson now works part-time in clinical psychiatry, primarily with families, children, and adolescents. He devotes the rest of his time to teaching, writing, film making, and painting. He is the author of two academic books:

"Schizophrenia in Focus",

"Relationship Management of the Borderline Patient".

He has also written six novels and several screenplays. His film credits include "Manic", "My Name is Walter James Cross", and "Cutting for Stone".

His films and novels usually contain mental health themes, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's, and addictions. And there is a relationship between his interest in Borderline Personality Disorder and his literary endeavours: There are many times, in our attempts to understand human behaviour, when we need to bypass medical and psychological models, and think instead in the manner of a novelist or playwright.


Don't Look Down, Psychological thriller released Fall of 2009

Last Rights St. Martin’s Press, New York, N.Y., 1990. Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1990Also translated and published in Denmark, Iceland, Holland, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, France, and reprinted in paperback, New York

Double Blind St. Martin’s Press, New York, N.Y., 1992Macmillan of Canada, Same European Publishers as above

Essondale Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1993. Same European Publishers as above

The Intern Macmillan of Canada, March, 1996, (ILLUSTRATED BY AUTHOR)

Slide in all Direction Bridgeross Communications, October, 2008

Non Fiction Books

Schizophrenia in Focus Human Sciences Press, New York, 1984

Relationship Management Taylor & Francis, New York, 1993

Plays, Screenplays, Film, Video

Whose Mind Is This Anyway? 50 minute one act play, written, directed and produced by David Dawson, 1989

Who Cares David Dawson and Alex Chapple, 40 minute dramatic video, 1990

Manic Written by David Dawson, directed by Alex Chapple, one hour dramatic film, made for TV Ontario, 1993

The Waiting Room, one half hour 1 act play, written, directed, produced by David Laing Dawson for International Gerontology Conference, 1994

My Name is Walter James Cross, One hour drama, filmed in BetaCam, written and directed by David Dawson, First Window broadcast by TV Ontario, 2001, distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

The Three Harolds, Screenplay for theatre optioned by pat ferns productions

I Swear to God, Screenplay for theatre (suspense/thriller with female lead),

Stray Dogs, Screenplay, in Pre-production 2009

The Good Buy, Screenplay for theatre

Painting with Tom, David and Emily, DVideo Production, short, DVD, 15 minutes, 2005, written, directed, edited by David Laing Dawson

Cutting for Stone, 96 minute drama, Written and Directed by David Dawson, Filmed in DVCPRO50, Post Production completed December 2007

The Brush, The Pen and Recovery, a 33 minute documentary film

Where to find David Laing Dawson online

Where to buy in print


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,390. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010 by Bridgeross Communications. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A psychological thriller. Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure. Waking from a drunken stupor in a small green room, the doctor finds he's on the other side of the diagnosis - in a place where life and mental health seem to be going pretty cheap these days. Murder and sexual abuse haunt the hospital, but Snow doesn't really care. He'd rather be dead anyway. When
Slide in All Direction
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 58,120. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010 by Bridgeross Communications. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A story of crime, addictions, mental illness, love and family,full of realistic, yet sympathetic, people living on the edge of respectability, much like the characters in an Elmore Leonard novel. The plot, like an episode of Seinfeld, is made up of disparate parts that come together in a surprising, delightful, and completely satisfying, conclusion.
The Intern
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 83,010. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010 by Bridgeross Communications. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
During the tumultuous sixties, Dr. Robert Snow interns in a big city hospital. Dawson lets his readers feel the triumphs and tragedies, the exhausting, overwhelming experiences of hospital life and death. Set against the social upheavals of 67/68 the author once again gives us vital characters struggling in an ambiance that rings all too true.

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