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1988 …2020

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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. I have been an academic at Macquarie University since 2002, with prior research positions at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders, St Vincent's Hospital. I received my PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1993. Across my academic career, I have conducted research on anxiety disorders (especially social anxiety) and on the development and validation of assessment techniques including structured diagnostic interviews and self-report measures. 

Research interests

Anxiety disorders; social anxiety; treatment outcome; assessment of psychological disorders


My teaching is focused on principles and methods of psychological assessment at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. I currently convene and teach the following units:

  • PSYU3332 Principles of Psychological Assessment
  • PSYC8986 Clinical Psychological Asessment 1

Research student supervision

I supervise students primarily on topics related to individual differences in the expression and treatment outcome of social anxiety disorder.

Community engagement

  • Co-Director, Higher Degree Research, Department of Psychology
  • Deputy Chair, Faculty of Human Sciences Research Ethics Sub-Committee
  • Chair, Department of Psychology Test Library Committee
  • Member, Centre for Emotional Health

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Psychology, BSc(Psych; Hons 1), The University of New South Wales

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Research Outputs

Assessment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Peters, L., McLellan, L. & Brockveld, K., 2020, The Cambridge handbook of clinical assessment and diagnosis. Sellbom, M. & Suhr, J. A. (eds.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (CUP), p. 330-346 17 p. (Cambridge handbooks in psychology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Comparing scores from full length, short form, and adaptive tests of the Social Interaction Anxiety and Social Phobia Scales

    Sunderland, M., Afzali, M. H., Batterham, P. J., Calear, A. L., Carragher, N., Hobbs, M., Mahoney, A., Peters, L. & Slade, T., 1 Apr 2020, In : Assessment. 27, 3, p. 518-532 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Motivational interviewing for social anxiety disorder: an examination of the technical hypothesis

    Romano, M., Arambasic, J. & Peters, L., 20 Apr 2020, In : Psychotherapy Research. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)