Ron Rapee is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University and Director of the Centre for Emotional Health. Professor Rapee specializes in mental health, especially in anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan. He has developed a number of empirically supported treatment programs that are used across the world. His signature program, Cool Kids, is currently used in over 25 countries and has helped 10’s of thousands of young people. Professor Rapee’s research has contributed to theoretical models of the development and maintenance of psychopathology that have guided research and application.
His personal contributions span assessment, understanding, treatment, and prevention. Professor Rapee takes great pleasure from mentoring and supervision and he has supervised (as primary supervisor) more than 50 doctoral students. He has been honoured by awards from both scientific and consumer groups, including the Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for CBT and the Distinguished Contribution to Science Award from the Australian Psychological Society. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his contributions to clinical psychology, especially among young people.