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The Dread of Death and its Role in Psychopathology

A/Professor Ross Menzies

Over the past 50 years psychological therapies have generally been based on disorderspecific models that attempt to emphasise unique aspects of the various conditions. This approach has produced a plethora of cognitive models and a large body of laboratory work to champion hypothesised causal variables in the various psychiatric disorders. 

However, it has contributed little to our understanding of comorbidity, and has meant that treatment developments in one condition have not adequately informed the treatment of related disorders. Given this, increasing interest has recently emerged in transdiagnostic models that attempt to describe mediating variables underlying multiple disorders. 

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A/Professor 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. In 1991, he was appointed founding Director of the Sydney University Anxiety Disorders Clinic, a post which he has held for 20 years. He has also been 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 is a board member of the AACBT and Chair of the National Conference Committee. 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 has recently been appointed the Convenor and Chair of the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies to be held in Australia in 2016. He is the co-author of DIRT, a revolutionary new treatment package for OCD published in 2008 by Australian Academic Press. Professor Menzies specialises in treating obsessivecompulsive 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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