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I am a Professor in the Centre for Emotional Health (www.mq.edu.au/ceh) and Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. I am the Director of the Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing. https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-ageing-cognition-and-wellbeing

My research interests relate broadly to understanding and treating mental disorders across the lifespan. My research has been recognised with an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2009-2013) and NSW Young Tall Poppy award (2016). I am a Board Member of WayAhead.

I am a Registered Psychologist with clinical endorsement (AHPRA Registration Board Registration No: PSY0001283368) and AHPRA Endorsed Supervisor for Psychology registrars.

You can see some of my research here:


Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of anxiety and depression, and on the psychological treatment of these disorders in children, adolescents and older adults. I am particularly interested in how anxiety and depression, and its assessment and treatment differs across the lifespan. I have developed a number of psychological interventions for children, adolescents and older adults through randomised controlled trials. I have a particular interest in translating evidence-based practice into public and private mental health settings and schools. 

 Older Adults

I have a special interest in understanding and treating anxiety and depression in older adults. I have developed and led the evaluations of the Ageing Wisely program for treating comorbid anxiety and depression in older adults. I have also developed its adaptations for use in Parkinson's patients, and for reducing risk for dementia. I have trialled this program in randomised controlled trials in university clinics, over the telephone and in community health settings. To access this program follow this link below:  https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/product/ageing-wisely/

I am also interested in understanding the barriers to treatment. In conjunction with my collaborators I have developed a resource for General Practitioners to assist them to identify older adults with anxiety and depression who would benefit from treatment. This resource will be available in the resources section here shortly: www.mq.edu.au/ceh  


I have developed and led the evaluations of the Study without Stress program for treating academic anxiety in senior school students, the Cool Teens/Chilled Out online anxiety program for adolescents, and I have assisted in the development and evaluation of newer editions of the Cool Kids program for treating child anxiety. I have evaluated these programs in university clinics, schools, and community health. To access these materials follow the below links:

Study without Stress: https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/product/study-without-stress-program-kit/

Cool Kids: https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/product-category/forprofessionals/clinical/

Chilled Out: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/campus-services-and-facilities/hospital-and-clinics/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/programs-for-children-and-teenagers/online-treatment-accordions/chilled-out-online/ChilledOutFlyer.pdf

My current major projects are:

NHMRC Project Grant - Translating Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions for Older Adults with Depression and Anxiety into Public and Private Mental Health Settings Using a Stepped Care Framework (2018-2022)

NHMRC Project Grant - Improving Mental Health and Social Participation Outcomes in Older Adults with Depression and Anxiety (2018-2021)

NHMRC Project Grant - Increasing the efficacy of treatment for socially anxious youth through theoretically derived improvements (2016-2019)

Rotary Australia Health - Psychological Stepped Care for Anxious Adolescents in Community Mental Health Services: An Effectiveness Trial (2017-2018)


Research Themes:Anxiety; Depression; Academic Stress; Prevention of Mental Disorders and Cognitive Decline; Psychosis; Psychopathology

Populations: Older Adults; Children and Adolescents

Research Methods: Clinical Trials, Psychosocial Therapy, Translational Research (public health, schools), Systematic Reviews, Experimental Methods.

Research engagement

I am the director of the Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing. 

I am also currently on the Executive Committee for the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, and Executive Committee for SMART Green Cities, Macquarie University. 

Previously I have served in various National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) roles including on the NHMRC Assigners Academy (2018) and Grant Review Panels (2015, 2016, 2017). 

I was also Research Chair and Deputy Head (Research) in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University (2017-2018).

I have also served on the following Editorial Boards (peer-reviewed scientific journals): Clinical Gerontologist (2016-current), Contemporary Behavioral Health Care (2015–current), Child Psychiatry and Human Development (2014–current). I was previously an Associate Editor on the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology (2016-2018).

Research student supervision

HDR Completions

Primary Supervisor, Kate Davis, 2018-2019, Masters of Research, Thesis Title: Parenting factors associated with children’s school-related anxiety: A preliminary study of parental overprotection and family accommodation

Primary Supervisor, Jessica Shen, 2017, Masters of Research, Thesis Title: Physiology in Anxious Children: A Systematic Review and Empirical Thesis.

Primary Supervisor, Catherine Lowe – 2014-2015 (part-time), Masters of Research, Thesis title: Student and Teacher Stress in High Stakes Testing.

Primary supervisor, Jacqueline Frei – 2012-2016 (part-time) Master of Philosophy, Macquarie University. Thesis Title:  The Role of Dispositional Mindfulness in Affective and Physiological Reactivity Across the Adult Lifespan.

Primary supervisor, Jamie Taylor, 2012-2016, Combined Master of Clinical Psychology/Ph.D, Macquarie University. Topic: Positive Reappraisal in Older Adults: Examination of a Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategy.

Associate Supervisor, Iris Bartula, 2013-2015, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Macquarie University, completion 2015. Topic:  Assessment of Sexual Dysfunction in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Primary supervisor, Dusanka Vujkovic – 2010-2014 (Conferred 12th August, 2014), Combined Masters of Clinical Psychology/Ph.D, Macquarie University. Topic area: Cognitive, Emotional and Behaviour differences in anxiety and depression between younger and older adults.

Co-Primary supervisor, Carly Johnco – 2010-2014 (Degree conferred March 2014), Combined Masters of Clinical Psychology/Ph.D, Macquarie University. Topic area: Understanding the role of cognitive flexibility in cognitive restructuring skill acquisition in older adults. VC Commendation.

Current HDR Students:

1. Primary Supervisor, Dino Zagic, Combined Ph.D./Masters of Clinical Psychology (2019- current)

2. Co-Primary Supervisor, Nine Wolters, Ph.D. (Joint Ph.D University of Amsterdam, 2019 - current)

3. Co-primary Supervisor, Trudy Green, Masters of Research/Ph.D. (2019-current)

4. Associate Supervisor, Chris Kilby, Ph.D. (2017- current)


I teach on the Masters of Clinical Psychology Program.

PSY919 Developmental Psychopathology (Unit Convenor)

PSYC988 Psychological Assessment, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 2 (Unit Convenor)

PSYC989 Therapy 2 (I teach the components on therapy for child and adolescent mental disorders)

PSYC995 Therapy 4 (I teach on assessment and treatment of mental disorders in older adults, dementia, working with carers, and adjustment disorders).

Community engagement

I am currently an elected Board Member of WayAhead (formerly NSW Mental Health Association), and elected member of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Psychological Society Psychology and Ageing Interest Group.

Previously I was on the Executive Committee of the Macquarie Univeristy Human Research Ethics Committee (2016), as well as being a core member (Clinical Care) (2015-2016).

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Projects 2007 2022

Research Outputs 2001 2019

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., 1 Jul 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 53, 7, p. 673-682 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Hearing loss and Dementia Incidence in Australia: findings from the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study

Strutt, P., Barnier, A., Savage, G., Wuthrich, V., Draper, B. & Brodaty, H., 2019, p. 48. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearch

Open Access
Hearing Loss
Hearing Aids
Neuropsychological Tests

Reducing risk factors for cognitive decline through psychological interventions: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Wuthrich, V. M., Rapee, R. M., Draper, B., Brodaty, H., Low, L-F. & Naismith, S. L., Jul 2019, In : International Psychogeriatrics. 31, 7, p. 1015-1025 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials

Subscales of the Fear Survey Schedule-III in community dwelling older adults–relations to clinical and cognitive measures

Mohlman, J., Lauderdale, S. & Wuthrich, V., 1 Feb 2019, In : Clinical Gerontologist.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Independent Living
Appointments and Schedules
Cognitive Therapy
Parkinson Disease

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Oral presentation

A ‘Whole Person, Whole System’ approach to the assessment of hearing, communication, and cognition: development of a new interdisciplinary clinical battery

Paul Strutt (Speaker), Amanda Barnier (Speaker), Gregory Savage (Speaker), Viviana Wuthrich (Speaker), Celia Harris (Speaker), Timothy Beechey (Speaker), Phillip Nakad (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

A ‘Whole Person, Whole System’ approach to the assessment of hearing, communication, and cognition: development of a new interdisciplinary clinical battery

Paul Strutt (Speaker), Amanda Barnier (Speaker), Gregory Savage (Speaker), Viviana Wuthrich (Speaker), Celia Harris (Speaker), Timothy Beechey (Speaker), Phillip Nakad (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation