dr susan kennedy

Dr Susan Kennedy

BSc (Psych Hons); Masters of Clinical Psychology; PhD

Dr Susan Kennedy is a senior clinical psychologist and the Director of Roseville Anxiety Clinic.

Susan has over 20 years experience as a clinician and researcher, with children and adults, mostly in the Centre for Emotional Health (EHC) at Macquarie University and in hospital and community-based child and adolescent psychiatry (6 years as Director of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital). In 1997, she was responsible for the onsite establishment of the Anxiety Clinic at the Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme in Sydney to provide treatment for children and adolescents from rural and remote NSW.

Susan has supervised trainee psychologists and psychiatrists, and conducted numerous workshops on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. Susan’s research into anxiety prevention and treatment has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Her PhD thesis on early intervention for anxiety disorders was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for a research thesis.

Susan is one of the authors of “Cool Little Kids”, a parenting program for the management of anxiety in young children, and contributed to the development of materials used in the highly successful “Cool Kids” for children and “Chilled” for adolescents.

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Psychology Board of Australia. General Registration and Area of Practice Endorsement – Clinical Psychology

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Member of the Clinical College

Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)

Membership of most of these organisations requires ongoing professional development and peer supervision.

Publications

Manuals

Rapee, R.M., Lau, E.X., Kennedy, S.J., (2010). Cool Little Kids: Anxiety Prevention Program – Parent’s Manual. Centre for Emotional Health: Macquarie University, Sydney.

Rapee, R.M., Lau, E.X., Kennedy, S.J., (2010). Cool Little Kids: Anxiety Prevention Program – Therapist’s Manual. Centre for Emotional Health: Macquarie University, Sydney.

Journal Articles

Kennedy, S.J., Rapee, R.M., & Edwards, S.E. (2009). A selective intervention program for inhibited preschool-aged children of parents with an anxiety disorder: Effects on current anxiety disorders and temperament. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 48(6):602-609

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S., Ingram, M., Edwards, S., & Sweeney, L. (2010). Altering the trajectory of anxiety in at-risk young children. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 1518-1525.

Raishevich, N., Kennedy, S.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2010). Expressed emotion displayed by the mothers of inhibited and uninhibited preschool-aged children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39 (2), 187-194.

Edwards, S.L., Rapee, R.M., & Kennedy, S. (2010). Prediction of anxiety symptoms in preschool-aged children: Examination of maternal and paternal perspectives. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 51 (3), 313-321.

Edwards, S.L., Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S.J., & Spence, S.H. (2010). The assessment of anxiety symptoms in preschool-aged children: The Revised Preschool Anxiety Scale. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 39(3), 400-409.

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S., Ingram, M., Edwards, S., & Sweeney, L. (2005). Prevention and early intervention of anxiety disorders in inhibited preschool children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 488-497.

Kennedy, S.J., Rapee, R.M., & Mazurski, E.J. (1997). Covariation bias for phylogenetic versus ontogenetic fear-relevant stimuli. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 35, 415-422.

Conference Presentations

Paper presented at European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive therapies, Dubrovnik, September. 2009.

Barcelona, July. 2007.

Kennedy, S. & Rapee, R. (2005). Early intervention for preschool aged children at risk for Anxiety Disorders. European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Thessaloniki, Greece, September.

Edwards, S., Kennedy, S., & Rapee, R. M. (2004). Development and prevention of anxiety in preschool children. Poster presented at the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Perth, Australia, 15th - 19th May.

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S. & Edwards, S. (2002). A brief parent education program for the prevention of anxiety disorders. Third International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Brisbane, Qld., June.

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S. & Edwards, S. (2002). A brief parent education program for the prevention of anxiety disorders. Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, National Conference, Brisbane, Qld., June.

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S. & Edwards, S. (2002). A brief parent education program for the prevention of anxiety disorders. Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Annual Conference. Reno, Nevada, November.

Kowalenko, N., Wignall, A., Kennedy, S. & Rapee, R. Fighting fears: The treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents; community clinic Health. Sydney, July.

Wignall, A., Kennedy, S., Rapee, R., & Kowalenko, N. (1998). Fighting fears: Treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents; community clinic. Hobart, Sept.

Triumph over Phobias (TOPS)

Rural Mental Health Conference, Ballina, NSW

Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme Annual Conference