Ron Rapee


1985 …2022
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Personal profile


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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Projects 2006 2022

Research Outputs 1985 2019

social media
Crime Victims

Economic evaluation of stepped care for the management of childhood anxiety disorders: results from a randomised trial

Chatterton, M. L., Rapee, R. M., Catchpool, M., Lyneham, H. J., Wuthrich, V., Hudson, J. L., Kangas, M. & Mihalopoulos, C., 18 Jan 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Anxiety Disorders
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Quality-Adjusted Life Years
Costs and Cost Analysis
Confidence Intervals

Group-based cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety disorder in children with autism spectrum disorder: a feasibility study

Kilburn, T. R., Juul Sørensen, M., Thastum, M., Rapee, R. M., Rask, C. U., Bech Arendt, K. & Thomsen, P. H., 1 Jun 2019, In : Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. 73, 4–5, p. 273–280 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Feasibility Studies
Cognitive Therapy
Anxiety Disorders
Child Psychiatry

Measurement equivalence of the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS) and Social Phobia Scale (SPS) across individuals with social anxiety disorder from Japanese and Australian sociocultural contexts

Wong, Q., Chen, J., Gregory, B., Baillie, A. J., Nagata, T., Furukawa, T. A., Kaiya, H., Peters, L. & Rapee, R. M., 15 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 243, p. 165-174 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Interpersonal Relations
Social Phobia


Distinguished Career Award

Ronald Rapee (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Honorary award


Distinguished Contribution to Science

Ronald Rapee (Recipient), Oct 2009

Prize: Honorary award


Member in the General Division, Order of Australia

Ronald Rapee (Recipient), 11 Jun 2012

Prize: Honorary award