1985 …2020

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I am a Distinguished Professor of Psychology , an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Emotional Health. I have a background in clinical psychology, especially the understanding and development of mental disorders. I have a history of developing treatment programs and evaluating their efficacy through clinical trials. Foremost among these has been the Cool Kids suite of programs. The Cool Kids programs are now translated into over 25 languages and used in over 30 countries.

Research interests

  • Anxiety, depression and related disorders across the lifespan.
  • Development and risk factors for internalising distress.
  • Prevention of internalising disorders.
  • Treatment of anxiety and related disorders.

Additional interests in body image, mental health literacy and stigma, and methods of delivering mental health services.

Research student supervision

I have mentored a very large number of students over the years across the full range of levels. This includes around 50 higher degree research students, many of whom have moved on to stellar research careers. Much of my best work has been conducted along with my research students and I take great pride in helping to facilitate a love of research.

Community engagement

I regularly present to schools, parents, and community groups in addition to my professional talks and training workshops. I often provide information to the media in all forms and enjoy educating the public about anxiety and related issues. I currently sit on the Anxiety Disorders Advisory Committee for WayAhead - the mental health association of NSW.

Research engagement

I regularly sit on professional committees and a number of journal editorial boards. I frequently consult with researchers around the world to provide advice and feedback on their research directions. My current primary research collaborations are with researchers in Denmark, Norway, China, The Netherlands, and the USA.

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Research Outputs

Combining whole-school and targeted programs for the reduction of bullying victimization: a randomized, effectiveness trial

Rapee, R. M., Shaw, T., Hunt, C., Bussey, K., Hudson, J. L., Mihalopoulos, C., Roberts, C., Fitzpatrick, S., Radom, N., Cordin, T., Epstein, M. & Cross, D., May 2020, In : Aggressive Behavior. 46, 3, p. 193-209 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Cost-effectiveness of preventing child internalising problems: results from the translational trial of Cool Little Kids at school entry

    Chatterton, M. L., Bayer, J. K., Engel, L., Rapee, R. M., Beatson, R., Hiscock, H., Bretherton, L., Wake, M. & Mihalopoulos, C., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 70, p. 1-9 9 p., 102191.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Does school-based recruitment for anxiety interventions reach youth not otherwise identified? A comparison between a school-based sample and a clinical sample

    Husabo, E., Haugland, B. S. M., McLeod, B. D., Ogden, T., Rapee, R. M. & Wergeland, G. J., Jun 2020, In : School Mental Health. 12, 2, p. 366-377 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effectiveness of brief and standard school-based cognitive-behavioral interventions for adolescents with anxiety: a randomized noninferiority study

    Haugland, B. S. M., Haaland, Å. T., Baste, V., Bjaastad, J. F., Hoffart, A., Rapee, R. M., Raknes, S., Himle, J. A., Husabø, E. & Wergeland, G. J., Apr 2020, In : Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 59, 4, p. 552-564.e2 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Distinguished Career Award

    Ron Rapee (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Distinguished Contribution to Science

    Ron Rapee (Recipient), Oct 2009

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Member in the General Division, Order of Australia

    Ron Rapee (Recipient), 11 Jun 2012

    Prize: Honorary award