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Professor Ron Rapee
  • Phone: +61 2 9850 8032
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Distinguished Professor and ARC Laureate

Professor Rapee specializes 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.  His 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.

Research interests

Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, Youth, Older age

Publications

McLellan, L., Peters, L., & Rapee, R. (2016). Measuring suitability for cognitive behaviour therapy: A self-report measure. Advance online publication. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi: 10.1007/s10608-016-9771-3

Gregory, B., Peters, L., & Rapee, R. (2016). The self in social anxiety. In Kyrios, M., Moulding, R., Doron, G., Bhar, S. S., Nedeljkovoc, M., & Mikulincer, M. (Eds.). The Self in Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Nowlan, J., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M.(in press, accepted 9 thNovember, 2015). The impact of positive reappraisal on positive (and negative) emotion among older adults.International Psychogeriatrics. doi:10.1017/S1041610215002057

     Nowlan, J., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2016). A comparison of single-session positive reappraisal, cognitive restructuring and supportive counselling for older adults with type 2 diabetes. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40 (2), 216-229. DOI:10.1007/s10608-015-9737-x 

    Wuthrich, V.M., Rapee, R.M., Kangas, M., & Perini, S. (2016). Randomised Controlled Trial of Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Compared to a Discussion Group for Comorbid Anxiety and Depression in Older Adults. Psychological Medicine, 46 (4), 785-795. doi:10.1017/S0033291715002251

Butler, E., Mobini, S., Rapee, R.M., Mackintosh, B., & Reynolds, S.A. (2015). Enhanced effects of combined cognitive bias modification and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy on social anxiety. Cogent Psychology, 2, 1011905 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2015.1011905.

Rapee, R.M. (2015). Nature and psychological management of anxiety disorders in youth. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51,280-284.

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Hudson, J.L.,Rapee, R.M., Lyneham, H.J., McLellan, L., Wuthrich, V.M., & Schniering, C.A. (2015). Comparing outcomes for children with different anxiety disorders following cognitive behavioural therapy.Behaviour, Research & Therapy, 72, 30-37.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat2015.06.007

     Tadic, D., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2015). Age Differences in Interpretation Bias in Community and Comorbid Depressed and Anxious Samples. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39 (4), 459–472. doi: 10.1007/s10608-015-9676-6

Rapee, R.M.,Titov, N., & Dear, B. (2015). A research agenda to progress treatment of social anxiety disorder: Commentary on Crome et al., DSM-IV and DSM-5 Social Anxiety Disorder in the Australian Community. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(3), 292-293.

Button, K.S., Lewis, G., Stapinski, L., Rapee, R.M., & Munfano, M.R. (in press). Fear of negative evaluation biases social evaluation inference: Evidence from a probabilistic learning task.PLoS One,

Byrne, S., Rapee, R.M., Richardson, R.,Gin S. Malhi, G., Jones, M., & Hudson, J.L. (in press; accepted Dec 31, 2014). D-Cycloserine enhances generalization of fear extinction in children. Depression & Anxiety,

Klein, A. M.,Rapee, R. M., Hudson, J. L., Schniering, C.A., Wuthrich, V.M., Kangas, M., Lyneham, H., Souren, P., & Rinck, M. (2015). Interpretation modification training reduces social anxiety in clinically anxious children.Behaviour, Research and Therapy, 75, 78-84.

     Johnco, C., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2015). The impact of late-life anxiety and depression on cognitive flexibility and cognitive restructuring skill acquisition. Depression and Anxiety, 32 (10), 754-762. DOI:10.1002/da.22375

     Nowlan, J., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2015). Increasing older adults' use of positive reappraisal coping for chronic physical illness. Clinical Gerontologist, 38 (5), 428-437. DOI:10.1080/07317115.2015.1067274

 Nowlan, J., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2015). Self-report measures of positive reappraisal with a focus on older adults: A systematic review.Clinical Gerontologist,38, (4), 302-324. (IF=0.940)

Nowlan, J., Wuthrich, V.M., &Rapee, R.M.(2015). Positive Reappraisal in Older Adults: A Systematic Literature Review.Aging & Mental Health, 19 (6), 475-484.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2014.954528

     Forbes, M., Spence, K., Wuthrich, V. & Rapee, R. (2015). Mental Health and Wellbeing of Older Workers in Australia. Work, Aging and Retirement, 1 (2), 202-213. doi: 10.1093/workar/wav004

     Johnco, C., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2014). Reliability and validity of two self-report measures of cognitive flexibility. Psychological Assessment, 26 (4), 1381-1387. DOI: 10.1037/a0038009

     Deeba, F., &Rapee, R.M. (in press). Prevalence of traumatic events and risk for psychological symptoms among community and at-risk children and adolescents from Bangladesh. Child and Adolescent Mental Health,Deeba, F.,Rapee, R.M.,& Prvan, T. (2014). Psychometric properties of two measures of childhood internalizing problems in a Bangladeshi sample.

British Journal of Clinical Psychology,

Awards

Award

Year

Macquarie University Distinguished Professor2015

Faculty of Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision

2013

Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences

2012

Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia

2012

Macquarie University Distinguished Professor

2010

Mental Health Association of NSW. (highly commended). Cool Teens CD Rom

2010

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Self-help Book of Merit Award

Awarded to Helping Your Anxious Child: A step by step guide for parents

2010

Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Distinguished Career Award for Contribution to Cognitive or Behavioural Research and Therapy

2009

Australian Psychological Society. Distinguished Contribution to Science

2009

Grants

Duration Funding Body Title Team Value
2016MQ RIBGStatistical Infrastructure and Capability developmentGriffn, B.; Jones,M.;Hudson,J.; Wiggins,M.; Rapee,R.; McMahon,C. ; Bussey,K.;Sherman,K.;Sweller,N.; Peters,L.;Crane,M.; Barbour,J.; Dear,B.;$61,226
2016Parkinson's Australia Psychological treatment of anxiety and depression in patients with Parkinson's Disease: A pilot programRapee, R.M.and Wuthrich V.M$19,564
2015 - 2020ARC LaureateDevelopment of emotional functioning during adolescenceRapee R

$3,030,714

2015-2017

NHMRC Project Grant

Preventing Child Internalising Problems: Follow up of a population-based randomised trial through middle childhood

Bayer JK, Rapee R, Hiscock H, Ukoumunne OU, Mihalopoulous C, Bretherton, L.

$456,598

2014-2016

Norwegian Research Council

Low intensity CBT of internalizing youth mental health problems: A multi-site randomized controlled trial

Stormark, K.M., Haugland, B.S.M., Hoffart, A., Himle, J.A., Cuijpers, P.& Rapee, R.M.

NOK6,000,000 (approx. $A1,090,000).

2014-2016

Australian Rotary Health

The feasibility and outcome of internet delivery of transdiagnostic cognitive-behaviour therapy for adolescent anxiety and depression.

Schniering, C.A., Einstein, D., & Rapee, R.M.

$206,268

2014-2015

Macquarie University Research Development Grant

The Cool-Health Youth Program: An investigation of a psychological treatment program for distressed youth with functional (medically benign) somatic syndromes.

Kangas, M., Rapee, R.M., & Jones, M.

$49,994

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Duration Funding Body Title Team Value

2013-2018

NHMRC; DEEWR; & Macquarie University

Reducing peer victimisation in Australian schools through targeted and universal approaches

Rapee R.M., Cross, D., Hunt, C., Bussey, K., Hudson, J.L., Mihalopoulos, C., Roberts, C., & Titov, N.

1,800,000

2013-2016

ARC Linkage Project: Partner Organisation(s): Queenwood School for Girls, Riverside Girls High School

The emotional health project: understanding and preventing anxiety and depression in girls.

Hudson, J.L; Newall, C.S; Rapee, R.M; Dodd, H.F; Eley, T.C; Harpur, J.; Kelly, B

279,273

2013-2014

BeyondBlue NPDR Round 2 (Men)

Increasing utilisation of mental health services for adolescent males with anxiety disorders

Hudson, J.L., Rapee, R.M., Lyneham, H.J., & Wuthrich, V

$178,184

2013 -2014

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Population Health Theme/Besen family donation

Does the identification & treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders in children with ADHD improve outcomes? Pilot for a large-scale RCT

Sciberras E, Hiscock H, Efron D, Anderson V, Nicholson J, Rapee R.

$50,000.

2013

auDA Foundation

Development of Cool Little Kids Online: preventing anxiety problems in young children

Morgan, AJ., Bayer, J., Rapee, R., Lyneham, H

$11,040.

2012 -2016

Beyondblue National Priority Driven Research Program.

An open trial, randomised-controlled trial, and pragmatic evaluation of an internet-delivered intervention for reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in young adults aged 18-24 years

Titov, N., Rapee, R.M., & Dear, B

$315,340

2012 - 2015

Department of Health & Ageing Tender

Establishment of a National Virtual Clinic

Titov, N., Rapee, R.M., Klein, B., Bennett-Levy, J., & Shann, C

$16,400,000

2012 - 2015

NHMRC  Project Grant

A stepped care approach for the management of childhood anxiety disorders: a randomised controlled trial.

Rapee, R.M., Hudson, J.L., Lyneham, H., Mihalopoulos, C., Wuthrich, V., & Kangas, M.

$896,652

2012 - 2014

NHMRC Project grant

Enhancing cognitive behavioural treatment outcomes for social phobia.

Peters, L., Rapee, R.M., & Baillie, A.J.

$332,354

2012-2013

Department of Veterans Affairs Applied Research Program

Knowledge and attitudes toward mental health and help services among partners of veterans

Rapee, R.M., Kangas, M., Condon, A., & Hodson, S

$73,732

2012-2013

Macquarie University DVC(research) Discretionary Fund.

Development of an online platform to deliver internet treatments to anxious children

Rapee, R.M.

$45,000

2012

Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant

Expanding the capacity for large-scale internet and mobile phone-delivered research and treatment at the Centre for Emotional Health

Titov, N., Dear, B., Hudson, J.L., & Rapee, R.M

$55,000.

2011 - 2013

NHMRC Project grant

A multi-centre RCT of cognitive behavioural therapy for managing social anxiety in adolescents with traumatic brain injury

Soo, C.(CI), Tate, R., Anderson, V., Catroppa, C., Lee, K., McDonald, S., Rapee, R., Benson, S. (AIs).

$581,722

2011 - 2013

NHMRC Project Grant

Investigation of the effectiveness of group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for comorbid anxiety and depression in older adults.

Wuthrich, V., & Rapee, R.M.

$496,510

2011

Macquarie University Teaching Delivery Grants Scheme.

An innovative program to teach psychopathology to undergraduate students: Maximising learning and flexibility.

Rapee, R.M.

$23,727.

2011

NHMRC Project Grant

Influence of a brief early parent intervention on internalising outcomes in middle adolescence

Rapee, R.M.

$94, 258

2011-2012

Australian Rotary Health

Influence of a brief early parent intervention on internalising outcomes in middle adolescence

Rapee, R.M

$90,000 (Declined).

2010 - 2013

NHMRC Project Grant

Preventing early internalising problems in the preschool setting: randomised controlled trial

Bayer JK, Rapee R, Hiscock H, Wake M, Ukoumunne OU, Mihalopoulous C, (AI) Cleary J.

$748,075

2010

Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant

Treating anxiety disorders across the lifespan

Hudson, J., Rapee, R., Baillie, A, Kangas, M., McMahon, C., Lyneham, H., Wuthrich, V.

$36,000

2010

Australian Rotary Health

Training benign interpretations in anxious children and adolescents

Rapee, RM, Wuthrich, V, Kangas, M, Lyneham, HJ, Hudson, JL, Gaston, J & Schniering, CA

$36,437

2010-2012

ARC Project Grant

Augmentation of fear extinction in anxious children through the use of D-Cycloserine

Rapee, RM, Hudson, JL, Mahli, G, Jones, M.

$180,000

2010-2012

NMHRC Project Grant

Maternal Anxiety in Pregnancy and Infant Bio-behavioural Regulation: Testing the Fetal Programming Hypothesis.

C. McMahon, M-P. Austin, M. Jones, R. Rapee, J. Donald, & K-A. Grant

$556,650

2009

Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme

Kids' Science Club: A Children's Research Register at Macquarie University

McArthur, G., Robbins, R., Castles, A., Crain, S., Rapee, R., Thornton, R., Lyneham, H., Cupples, L., Hudson, J., Bowes, J., Palermo, R., Brock, J., Porter, M., Johnson, B., Cox, F., Warburton, W., Kohnen, S., Jensen, B

 

2009

Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant

Remote eyetracker for testing  special populations

Crain, S., Brock, J., Thornton, R., Castles, A., McArthur,  G., Langdon, R., Porter, M., Marsh, P., Palermo, R., Rapee, R.,  Gamble, A., Hudson, J., Lyneham, H., Barnier, A., Cox, R., Savage, G., Rowe, D., Rich, A

($32,858

2009-2010

Macquarie University Research Development Grant

Sleep disturbance in anxious children: Causes, maintaining factors and treatment

A. Gamble & R Rapee

$34,531

2008-2010

NMHRC Project Grant

Enhancing efficacy of bibliotherapy for rural children with anxiety disorders using child-therapist contact

Lyneham, HJ., Hudson, JL, & Rapee, RM

$463,325

2008-2010

NMHRC Project Grant

Randomised controlled trial of treatment for alcohol use problems and social phobia.

A.J. Baillie, Sannibale, C., Teesson, M. R., Rapee, R.M., Haber, P

$605,750

2008 -2012

ARC Project Grant

Behavioural inhibition and anxiety: Genetic and environmental risks

J.L. Hudson, J. Donald, R. M. Rapee, & T. Eley.

$721,000.

Higher Degree Research completions

YearCandidateTitleDegree
2016Nicole SokolVictims' Responses to Overt Bullying and their Effect on the Attitudes and Reactions of peer Bystanders and Teachers.

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

VC Commendation

2016Dr Maria Ivanka MilicThe Nature of the Anxiety in Children with Selective MutismDoctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
2016Dr Hayley WatsonForgiveness in School Bullying: Applicability and Implications for Intervention

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2016Ms Hannah FiedlerInfant Sleep in the First Year of Life: Patterns, Predictors and ConsequencesMaster of Philosophy

2015

Dr Simon Patrick Byrne

Improving Exposure Therapy for Child Anxiety with D-Cycloserine and One-Session Treatment

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

  VC Commendation

2014

Dr Carly Johnco

Learning Cognitive Restructuring in Later Life:  The Role of Cognitive Flexibility on Cognitive Restructuring Skill Acquisition in Older Adults with Anxiety and Depression

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

  VC Commendation

2014

Dr Farah Deeba

The assessment, impact and management of psychological reactions to trauma among Bangladeshi children

Doctor of Philosophy

2014

Dr Lee Simone Taylor

Clinical Substance Abuse During Pregnancy: Risk Factors Among Women and the Impact for Infants Postnatally

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2013

Dr Xi Liu

Behavioural Avoidance in Excessive Worriers: Maintenance and Treatment

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2012

Dr Eric Malbos

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Agoraphobia: Development and Application of Virtual Environments and Behaviour Presence Tests in a Comparative Trial

Doctor of Philosophy

2009

Dr Amy Kercher

The development and maintenance of adolescent depression

Doctor of Philosophy

2009

Dr Lexine Stapinski

An investigation of affect intolerance and worry in generalised anxiety disorder

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

  VC Commendation

2008

Dr Jordana McLoone

Early intervention for child anxiety disorders: Comparison of home and school based intervention

Doctor of Philosophy

2008

Dr Emma Elizabeth Robinson

Psychological traits and attitudes predicting willingness to undergo appearance-enhancing procedures

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2007

Dr Michael Joseph Cunningham

Development and evaluation of a computer-based program for the treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescents

Doctor of Philosophy

2007

Dr Susan Jane Kennedy

Early intervention for preschool-aged children at risk for anxiety disorders

Doctor of Philosophy

  VC Commendation

2007

Dr Susan Louise Edwards

Temperament and environmental risk factors contributing to anxiety symptoms in preschool-aged children

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

  VC Commendation

2006

Dr Ann Boonzaier

Thought suppression versus expression: The impact of worry processing in generalized anxiety disorder

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2006

Dr Amanda Louise Gamble

The development and time-course of attentional bias: Dot probe and eye movement as measures of selective attention

Doctor of Philosophy

2006

Dr Jinkwan Kim

Outcomes of social withdrawal during adolescence in Australia and South Korea

Doctor of Philosophy

2006

Dr Jennifer Leigh Allen

The role of life events in child anxiety

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2006

Dr Ann Louise Wignall

Comorbid depression and externalising behaviour disorders in adolescents

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2006

Dr Tereska Krystyna Armstrong

The parent report of adolescent mood (PRAM): development of a new measure

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2006

Dr Wendy Elizabeth Nield

A retrospective recall study examining associations between early developmental experiences and anxiety disorders in children

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2005

Dr Anne Chalfant

The treatment of anxiety in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2005

Dr Heidi Lyneham

Development and evaluation of a  treatment program for anxious children from rural and remote areas

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2005

Dr Delyse May Hutchinson

Peer relationships and negative affect as predictors of body image and eating disturbances in early adolescence

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2004

Dr Julie Sposari

Attentional and interpretive biases for non-verbal social-evaluative cues in social phobia and social anxiety

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2004

Dr David Roger Bonsor

Theoretical formulations and experimental evidence for the maintenance of social anxiety

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2003

Dr Andrew James Baillie

Brief stepped intervention for panic attacks

Doctor of Philosophy

2002

Dr Carolyn Anne Schniering

Cognitive Specificity in Childhood Emotional Disturbance

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

2002

Dr Stephanie Elizabeth Hodson

Key predictors of post-trauma symptomatology in military peacekeeping

Doctor of Philosophy

2001

Dr Jill Duffield

What Therapists Feel : Personal And Professional Factors In Therapists' Affective

Experience.

Doctor of Philosophy

2001

Dr Jennifer Leanne Hudson

Parent-Child Interactions And The Anxiety Disorders: An Observational Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy with a Master of Clinical Psychology

  VC Commendation