BSc (Psych), MSc (Psych), PhD (UNSW)

Professor Ronald Rapee is Director of the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University. Professor Rapee specialises in mental health, especially in anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan. He is best known for his theoretical models of the development of anxiety disorders as well as for his creation of empirically validated intervention programs. Recent work has focused on prevention of anxiety and depression as well as on public dissemination and access to empirically validated programs.

Professor Rapee's public contributions include membership of several grants committees for the NH&MRC, honorary advisor to the chinese Association of CBT and the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, and chair of the Australian Rotary Health Grants Committee. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his contributions to clinical psychology, especially among young people.

  • Professor, Departrment of Psychology, Macquarie University, 1993 - current
  • Director, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, 2006 - current
  • Member of the Order of Australia

Rapee, R M, Kennedy, S, Ingram, M, Edwards, S & Sweeney, L (2010), 'Altering the Trajectory of anxiety in at-risk young children', in American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 1518 - 1525

Rapee, R M (2011), 'Disseminating empirically validated treatments for child and adolescent anxiety disorders' in Increasing access to CAMHS: ACAMH Occasional paper No 30, pp 3 - 10, W Yule and O Udwin (eds)

Byrne, S P, Farrell, L J, and Rapee, R M (2011), 'Using cognitive enhancers to improve the treatment of anxiety disorders in young people: Examining the potential for D-Cycloserine to augment exposure for child anxiety', in Clinical Psychologist, 15, 1 - 9

Rapee, R M (2012), 'Family factors in the development and management of anxiety disorders', in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15, (1), 69 - 80

Rapee, R M (2010), 'Temperament and the etiology of social phobia', in The Development of shyness and social withdrawal, K H Rubin & R J Coplan (eds). New York: Guildford. pp 277 - 299

Rapee, R M, Kim J, Wang, J, Liu, X, Hofmann, S G, Chen, J, Oh, K J, Bögels, S M, Arman, S, Heinrichs, N, & Alden, L E (2011), 'Perceived impact of socially anxious behaviours on individuals' lives in Western and East Asian countries' in Behavior Therapy, 42, 485 - 492