Professor Ross G Menzies
BSc(Psych) Hons1, MPsych (Clin) Hons 1, PhD UNSW, FAACBT
Professor Ross G Menzies was inducted as a Fellow of AACBT Ltd in 2021.
Professor Menzies has had a long and distinguished association with the AACBT for more than 20 years. He first held an executive position in 1999 when he became the President of the NSW AACBT, a position which he held until 2004. In that role, he first became national President of AACBT in 2001-2002, a position he subsequently held again in 2006-2007. In this role, he led the bid for the 2016 World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies that was ultimately held in Melbourne and Professor Menzies was the Convenor. In addition to these prestigious roles, he has also been a Director of AACBT Ltd. From 2010-2020, and (as at 2021) continues to sit on the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.
Professor Menzies was the editor-in-chief for Behaviour Change for 17 years (2004-2021), and is currently an Associate Editor on the journal as well as Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. Ross continues to support the dissemination of research through his participation on the editorial board for a range of other journals.
Professor Menzies is a leading international expert in obsessive-compulsive disorder, death anxiety and speech fluency. As at 2021, he has published more than 170 peer-reviewed journals, 7 books, 4 edited books and has given nearly 200 workshops, plenaries, invited talks and conference presentations. He has held three consecutive program grants with the NHMRC, something that no other psychologist has been able to achieve, as well as millions of dollars of funding from other nationally competitive sources, including NHMRC, ARC and Rotary. He has developed a range of therapeutic approaches, including Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy (DIRT) for OCD, online interventions for stuttering and interventions to treat the comorbidity of stuttering and social anxiety. Professor Menzies has made an extraordinary contribution to research and practice of CBT. In addition, he has held senior positions in academia (including Head of School and Deputy Dean) and has supervised 40 Higher Degree Research students to completion, training the next generation.
Professor Menzies is one of the most sought after presenters in cognitive-behavioural therapy internationally. He has already had a stellar career and has given of his time to AACBT in an extraordinarily generous way.