Ross Menzies

Associate Professor Ross G. Menzies has been providing CBT for OCD, phobias, anxiety and depression in the inner-west of Sydney for over 15 years.

Dr Menzies completed his B.Sc (Psych), M.Psychol (both with first class honours), then a PhD in Associate Professor Ross G. Menziesclinical psychology at the University of NSW. He has taught at several universities across Australia and currently holds the title of Associate Professor. In 1991, he was appointed founding Director of a major university Anxiety Disorders Clinic, a post which he held for 17 years. He was also the Chief Consultant Clinical Psychologist to that unit. He was a founding member of the Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (NSW Branch), serving on the Board for two years. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Sydney Anxiety Disorders Practice and was the Clinical Director of Anxpsych, an organisation bringing anxiety management skills to the corporate sector. He was the Head and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Research Group, a collaborative research grouping of academics from three Australian universities. He is the past NSW President, and twice National President, of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He was the Convenor of the 29th National Conference of the AACBT in Sydney in 2006, and is the editor of Australia's national CBT scientific journal, Behaviour Change. He is the Chair of Australia's bid team to host the 7th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies in 2013.

Professor Menzies holds several other honorary appointments, including Honorary Associate of the Department of Medical Psychology at Westmead Hospital. He is a past member of the Mood Disorders Research Centre Advisory Committee at Prince of Wales Hospital. He is the senior Clinical Supervisor for psychologists in the Adult Mental Health Team and the Child, Youth and Family Team in the Division of Mental Health at St George Hospital. In 2002, he was appointed the overseas expert trainer in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the National University of Singapore. He is one of only two Australian members of the international Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group and is founder of the Australian and New Zealand OCD Research Alliance. He is the co-editor of the 2003 International Handbook on OCD for the prestigious Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology. He is the co-author of DIRT, a revolutionary new treatment package for OCD published in 2008 by Australian Academic Press. Finally, in addition to his work on OCD in adulthood, he has considerable experience with child and adolescent forms of the disorder. He was the Clinical Patron of the Tasmanian Support Network for Child and Adolescent OCD.

Professor Menzies is an active researcher with numerous national competitive grants in areas of anxiety and avoidance, the treatment of the phobic disorders, CBT for social anxiety, new treatment programmes for obsessive-compulsive disorder, computerized treatment packages for anxiety disorders, and innovative treatments for child and adult stuttering. He currently holds over $4 million in national competitive research grants. He has produced over 100 international journal manuscripts, books and book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and leading universities and institutions around the world. He continues to attract patients from across metropolitan Sydney, rural NSW, interstate and from overseas, with many individuals and families travelling thousands of kilometres to receive treatment at his private practice.

Professor Menzies specialises in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, in addition to the phobias, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress, performance anxiety, panic disorder, depression, and relationship problems. He is also known for his research and treatment work in adult stuttering.

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