Dr Maree Abbott

K01 - Mackie Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Educational Qualifications and Employment:

  • PhD (UNSW)
  • M.Clin.Psych. (Macquarie University)
  • 2005-Current: SenioLecturer, School of Psychology, University of Sydney
  • 2003-2005: Royce Abbey Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Fellowship awarded by the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, undertaken at Macquarie University
  • 2000-2002: Completed postgraduate studies part-time while working as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Macquarie University Anxiety Research Unit

Professional Affiliations and Roles

  • Registered Psychologist with Specialisation in Clinical Psychology (Reg. No: PSY0001045344)
  • Founding Member, Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • ACPA, Professional Standards and Membership Committee
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Anxiety Practitioners Network
  • Former Position on APS College of Clinical Psychologists, NSW Executive Committee

Research interests

My research interests primarily focus on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and on furthering the understanding of ruminative thought processes. In addition I am involved in a range of experimental studies aimed at further understanding the factors maintaining a range of disorders and behaviours including social phobia, generalized anxiety, perfectionism and procrastination and binge eating disorder. I am also involved in a number of studies that look to enhance treatment effectiveness and delivery for social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, child anxiety disorders and victims of school bullying.

Selected grants

2014

  • Understanding and Treating Cognitive Behavioural Factors Maintaining Anxiety Disorders; Abbott M; DVC Research/Brown Fellowships.

2013

  • Impact of meditation on emotion, its regulation, associated body and brain function and the moderating influence of common genetic polymorphisms; Kemp A, Krygier J, Gross J, Abbott M; Templeton World Charity Foundation/Research Support.

2006

  • Assessing the impact of attention and task concentration training in the treatment of social phobia and on ruminative thinking styles; Abbott M; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

2004

  • Assessing new treatments for generalized anxiety disorder; Abbott M; Macquarie University/Early Career Reseach Grant.

2003

  • Assessing mindfulness training in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder; Abbott M; Australian Rotary Health Research Fund/Research Grant.

2002

  • A randomised controlled trial of bibliotherapy for anxious children; Abbott M, Rapee R; Australian Rotary Health Research Fund/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Page, A., Menzies, R., Bryant, R., Abbott, M. (2011). Anxiety disorders. In Rieger, E (Eds.), Abnormal Psychology Leading Researcher Perspectives 2nd Edition, (pp. 45-90). Australia: McGraw Hill.
  • Page, A., Menzies, R., Bryant, R., Abbott, M. (2008). Anxiety Disorders. In Rieger, Elizabeth (Eds.), Abnormal Psychology. Leading Researcher Perspectives, (pp. 45-85). Sydney: McGraw Hill.
  • Abbott, M. (2007). Enhancing outcomes in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In D. Einstein (Eds.), Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (pp. 157-170). australia: Australian Academic Press.

Journals

  • Donald, J., Abbott, M., Smith, E. (2014). Comparison of attention training and cognitive therapy in the treatment of social phobia: A preliminary investigation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, 74-91. [More Information]
  • Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2013). From ‘famine to feast’ for theoretical models of GAD: Understanding and Treating the Worried Well. Acparian, 5, 3-6.
  • Chen, J., Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2013). Mediators of the relationship between social anxiety and post-event rumination. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Krygier, J., Heathers, J., Shahrestani, S., Abbott, M., Gross, J., Kemp, A. (2013). Mindfulness Meditation, Well-being, and Heart Rate Variability: A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of Intensive Vipassana Meditation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 305-313. [More Information]
  • Lyneham, H., Sburlati, E., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Hudson, J., Tolin, D., Carlson, S. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Child Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(7), 711-719. [More Information]
  • Lo, A., Abbott, M. (2013). Review of the theoretical, empirical, and clinical status of adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism. Behaviour Change, 30(2), 96-116. [More Information]
  • Lo, A., Abbott, M. (2013). The Impact of Manipulating Expected Standards of Performance for Adaptive, Maladaptive, and Non-perfectionists. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37(4), 762-778. [More Information]
  • Zou, B., Abbott, M. (2012). Self-perception and rumination in social anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(4), 250-257. [More Information]
  • Swinbourne, J., Hunt, C., Abbott, M., Russell, J., St Clare, T., Touyz, S. (2012). The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety disorders: Prevalence in an eating disorder sample and anxiety disorder sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(2), 118-131. [More Information]
  • Stapinski, L., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2010). Evaluating the cognitive avoidance model of generalised anxiety disorder: Impact of worry on threat appraisal, perceived control and anxious arousal. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(10), 1032-1040. [More Information]
  • Stapinski, L., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2010). Fear and perceived uncontrollability of emotion: Evaluating the unique contribution of emotion appraisal variables to prediction of worry and generalised anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(11), 1097-1104. [More Information]
  • Cuming, S., Rapee, R., Kemp, N., Abbott, M., Peters, L., Gaston, J. (2009). A self-report measure of subtle avoidance and safety behaviors relevant to social anxiety: Development and psychometric properties. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(7), 879-883. [More Information]
  • Seely-Wait, E., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2009). Psychometric properties of the Mini-Social Phobia Inventory. Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 11(5), 231-236.
  • Rapee, R., Gaston, J., Abbott, M. (2009). Testing the Efficacy of Theoretically Derived Improvements in the Treatment of Social Phobia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(2), 317-327. [More Information]
  • Lyneham, H., Street, A., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2008). Psychometric properties of the school anxiety scale-Teacher report (SAS-TR). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(2), 292-300. [More Information]
  • Lyneham, H., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2007). Inter-rater Reliability of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV: Child and Parent Version. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(6), 731-736.
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2007). Modelling relationships between cognitive variables during and following public speaking in participants with social phobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(12), 2977-2989. [More Information]
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M., Baillie, A., Gaston, J. (2007). Treatment of social phobia through pure self help and therapist-augmented self help. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 191, 246-252.
  • Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Lyneham, H. (2006). Bibliotherapy for Children with Anxiety Disorders Using Written Materials for Parents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 436-444.
  • Gaston, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Neary, S. (2006). Do empirically supported treatments generalise to private practice? A benchmark study of a cognitive-behavioural group treatment program for social phobia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 33-48.
  • Allen, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Coltheart, M. (2006). Ew gross! Recognition of Expressions of Disgust by Children With Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder. Behaviour Change, 23(4), 239-249.
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2006). Mental representation of observable attributes in people with social phobia. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 37, 113-126. [More Information]
  • Perini, S., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2006). Perception of performance as a mediator in the relationship between social anxiety and negative post-event rumination. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30, 645-659. [More Information]
  • Nauta, M., Scholing, A., Rapee, R., Abbott, M., Spence, S., Waters, A. (2004). A parent-report measure of children's anxiety: Psychometric properties and comparison with child-report in a clinic and normal sample. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(7), 813-839.
  • Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2004). Post-event rumination and negative self-appraisal in social phobia before and after treatment. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113(1), 136-144.
  • Sposari, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2003). "How I know others think badly of me": Information-processing biases in social phobia. Psicologia Conductual: revista internacional de psicologia clinica y de la salud (Behavioral Psychology), 11, 459-481.

2014

  • Donald, J., Abbott, M., Smith, E. (2014). Comparison of attention training and cognitive therapy in the treatment of social phobia: A preliminary investigation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, 74-91. [More Information]

2013

  • Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2013). From ‘famine to feast’ for theoretical models of GAD: Understanding and Treating the Worried Well. Acparian, 5, 3-6.
  • Chen, J., Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2013). Mediators of the relationship between social anxiety and post-event rumination. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Krygier, J., Heathers, J., Shahrestani, S., Abbott, M., Gross, J., Kemp, A. (2013). Mindfulness Meditation, Well-being, and Heart Rate Variability: A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of Intensive Vipassana Meditation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 305-313. [More Information]
  • Lyneham, H., Sburlati, E., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Hudson, J., Tolin, D., Carlson, S. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Child Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(7), 711-719. [More Information]
  • Lo, A., Abbott, M. (2013). Review of the theoretical, empirical, and clinical status of adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism. Behaviour Change, 30(2), 96-116. [More Information]
  • Lo, A., Abbott, M. (2013). The Impact of Manipulating Expected Standards of Performance for Adaptive, Maladaptive, and Non-perfectionists. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37(4), 762-778. [More Information]

2012

  • Zou, B., Abbott, M. (2012). Self-perception and rumination in social anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(4), 250-257. [More Information]
  • Swinbourne, J., Hunt, C., Abbott, M., Russell, J., St Clare, T., Touyz, S. (2012). The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety disorders: Prevalence in an eating disorder sample and anxiety disorder sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(2), 118-131. [More Information]

2011

  • Page, A., Menzies, R., Bryant, R., Abbott, M. (2011). Anxiety disorders. In Rieger, E (Eds.), Abnormal Psychology Leading Researcher Perspectives 2nd Edition, (pp. 45-90). Australia: McGraw Hill.

2010

  • Stapinski, L., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2010). Evaluating the cognitive avoidance model of generalised anxiety disorder: Impact of worry on threat appraisal, perceived control and anxious arousal. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(10), 1032-1040. [More Information]
  • Stapinski, L., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2010). Fear and perceived uncontrollability of emotion: Evaluating the unique contribution of emotion appraisal variables to prediction of worry and generalised anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(11), 1097-1104. [More Information]

2009

  • Cuming, S., Rapee, R., Kemp, N., Abbott, M., Peters, L., Gaston, J. (2009). A self-report measure of subtle avoidance and safety behaviors relevant to social anxiety: Development and psychometric properties. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(7), 879-883. [More Information]
  • Seely-Wait, E., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2009). Psychometric properties of the Mini-Social Phobia Inventory. Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 11(5), 231-236.
  • Rapee, R., Gaston, J., Abbott, M. (2009). Testing the Efficacy of Theoretically Derived Improvements in the Treatment of Social Phobia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(2), 317-327. [More Information]

2008

  • Page, A., Menzies, R., Bryant, R., Abbott, M. (2008). Anxiety Disorders. In Rieger, Elizabeth (Eds.), Abnormal Psychology. Leading Researcher Perspectives, (pp. 45-85). Sydney: McGraw Hill.
  • Lyneham, H., Street, A., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2008). Psychometric properties of the school anxiety scale-Teacher report (SAS-TR). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(2), 292-300. [More Information]

2007

  • Abbott, M. (2007). Enhancing outcomes in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In D. Einstein (Eds.), Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (pp. 157-170). australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Lyneham, H., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2007). Inter-rater Reliability of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV: Child and Parent Version. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(6), 731-736.
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2007). Modelling relationships between cognitive variables during and following public speaking in participants with social phobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(12), 2977-2989. [More Information]
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M., Baillie, A., Gaston, J. (2007). Treatment of social phobia through pure self help and therapist-augmented self help. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 191, 246-252.

2006

  • Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Lyneham, H. (2006). Bibliotherapy for Children with Anxiety Disorders Using Written Materials for Parents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 436-444.
  • Gaston, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Neary, S. (2006). Do empirically supported treatments generalise to private practice? A benchmark study of a cognitive-behavioural group treatment program for social phobia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 33-48.
  • Allen, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R., Coltheart, M. (2006). Ew gross! Recognition of Expressions of Disgust by Children With Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder. Behaviour Change, 23(4), 239-249.
  • Rapee, R., Abbott, M. (2006). Mental representation of observable attributes in people with social phobia. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 37, 113-126. [More Information]
  • Perini, S., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2006). Perception of performance as a mediator in the relationship between social anxiety and negative post-event rumination. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30, 645-659. [More Information]

2004

  • Nauta, M., Scholing, A., Rapee, R., Abbott, M., Spence, S., Waters, A. (2004). A parent-report measure of children's anxiety: Psychometric properties and comparison with child-report in a clinic and normal sample. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(7), 813-839.
  • Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2004). Post-event rumination and negative self-appraisal in social phobia before and after treatment. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113(1), 136-144.

2003

  • Sposari, J., Abbott, M., Rapee, R. (2003). "How I know others think badly of me": Information-processing biases in social phobia. Psicologia Conductual: revista internacional de psicologia clinica y de la salud (Behavioral Psychology), 11, 459-481.

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