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Dr David Allen


Founder & Medical Director

Dr. David Allen, leading psychiatrist, is building a platform at The Discovery Center of The  Bahamas, implementing therapy programs rooted in the Contemplative Discovery Pathway Theory, an alternative to cognitive-behavioral theory that motivates clients to move beyond recovery to a stage of discovery, which focuses on universal ethical principles involving justice, equality, and respect for all humanity.

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Allen and the team strive to make recovery and eventually Discovery, more manageable and life changing for all clients.


David, MD, MPH, graduated from St. Andrews medical school in Scotland and Psychiatry and Public health at Harvard Medical School. David has experiences and received awards for drug rehabilitation, namely for success in the cocaine era.



Dr. Allen has established cocaine treatment centers in the Bahamas and Washington, D.C., and is a recognized expert in all types of addictions and their causes.


Professional Achievements

Dr. Allen has published widely in the areas of addiction, spirituality and psychiatry, including mental health evaluation (1976), the cocaine crisis (1985) and cocaine: the broken promise (1988). 

Dr. Allen has authored the landmark trilogy of books that include in search of the heart (1993); shattering the gods within (1997) and contemplation: intimacy in a distant world. Presently, Dr. Allen has an international private practice in psychiatry in Nassau, Bahamas.

Therapist Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Psychiatry

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown University

1984 Bennett Commonwealth Prize

  • Trained in Medicine (M.D.) St. Andrew’s University, Edinburg, Scotland

  • M.D. Psychiatry and Masters in Public Health, Harvard University,        Cambridge, Mass.

  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Board Certified Addictionologist

  • Voted one of the most outstanding psychiatrists in America, 2002-2003 and 2011-2012.

  • Received the RB Bennett Commonwealth price, by the Royal Society of Arts in London, for his international contribution in the field of cocaine addiction research and treatment (1987).

  • Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association for his innovative scientific research.

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