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I am a practicing clinical psychologist, with a focus on evidence-based assessment and treatment. My research is informed by my clinical work, and my clinical work is informed by my research.

I teach on the Clinical Masters postgraduate coursework program and primarily run clinical trials on improving access to, and outcomes of, mental health interventions for youth.

Research interests

- Increasing access to effective treatments for anxiety & related emotional problems in youth using technology. 

- Improving outcomes of anxiety treatments in youth. Projects include developing and evaluating a novel intervention for children with social anxiety, developing assessment methods to identify individuals that may not respond as well as others to standard treatment programs.

- Improving engagement and motivation for treatment in order to enhance outcomes.

- Evaluating interventions in real-world settings for example community health, schools, clinical practice.

Research student supervision

I supervise Masters level and HDR students studying a range of topics in clinical psychology, including

- developing or improving measures/assessment, 

- understanding therapy processes related to symptom improvement

- predictors of outcome and matching clients to therapy

- experimental studies investigating social anxiety in youth


Masters of Clinical Psychology

- PSYC995 Course Convenor

- PSYC998 Guest Lecturer

Research engagement

I work with a number of universities and organisations

- Royal Far West

- LaTrobe University

- Aarhus University, Denmark

- University of Bergen, Norway

- Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Surrey and Borders NHS Mental HealthFoundation Trust, UK


I am a member of the Local Organising Committee for the upcoming International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) Conference in Auckland New Zealand 13-15 February 2019.

Community engagement

- I conduct professional training on the Cool Kids and Cool Little Kids programs.

- I regularly present community seminars on anxiety amongst pre-school and primary school children.

- I have appeared on Channel 7 Daily Edition and The Morning Show.


Professional Memberships and Clinical Registrations

I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Anxiety Practitioners Network.

I am a registered Clinicial Psychologist PSY0001642431.

I am a Psychology Board of Australia Approved Clinical Supervisor.

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Outputs 2010 2019

A randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program for adolescents with anxiety disorders

Stjerneklar, S., Hougaard, E., McLellan, L. F. & Thastum, M., 18 Sep 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 9, 26 p., e0222485.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cognitive Therapy
Anxiety Disorders
Randomized Controlled Trials

Motivational interviewing prior to cognitive behavioural treatment for social anxiety disorder: a randomised controlled trial

Peters, L., Romano, M., Byrow, Y., McLellan, L., Brockveld, K., Baillie, A., Gaston, J. & Rapee, R., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 256, p. 70-78 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Motivational Interviewing
Cognitive Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Social Phobia

Online Assessment of Preschool Anxiety: description and initial validation of a new diagnostic tool

Morgan, A. J., Tamir, E., Rapee, R. M., Lyneham, H. J., McLellan, L. F. & Bayer, J. K., Sep 2019, In : Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 24, 3, p. 259-265 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Preschool Children
Anxiety Disorders

Pre-treatment CBT-mindedness predicts CBT outcome

McLellan, L. F., Stapinski, L. A. & Peters, L., Apr 2019, In : Cognitive Therapy and Research. 43, 2, p. 303–311 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive Therapy
Mental Health

Self-help treatment of childhood anxiety disorders

McLellan, L. F., Fitzpatrick, S., Schniering, C. A. & Rapee, R. M., 2019, Innovations in CBT for childhood anxiety, OCD and PTSD: improving access and outcomes. Farrell, L. F., Ollendick, T. H. & Muris, P. (eds.). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press (CUP), p. 52-72 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review