Rachel Menzies is a registered psychologist, and member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is currently practicing in Newtown, Sydney.
Rachel completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, winning the Dick Thompson Thesis Prize for her work on death anxiety and its relationship with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She followed this by convening a symposium on the topic at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) in Melbourne in 2016.
Rachel was featured in The Conversation Yearbook 2016, a collection of the top 1% of ‘standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers’ published by Melbourne University Press. In 2017, she gave her first invited plenary address, and an invited workshop, at the 47th Congress of the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT). Both presentations explored death anxiety, existential issues and their role in driving abnormal behaviour and numerous anxiety and mood disorders.
Rachel has published extensively on the causes of various disorders, including depression, OCD, panic disorder, illness anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder and the specific phobias, as well as on gender differences in anxiety.
Rachel is the lead editor of the book Curing the Dread of Death: Theory, Research and Practice, published by Australian Academic Press in 2018. In 2019, she released her second book: Tales from the Valley of Death: Reflections from Psychotherapy on the Fear of Death.
In 2019, Rachel delivered workshops on death anxiety and its relation to anxiety and mood disorders across 7 Australian cities, alongside her co-author Professor Ross Menzies. This national tour was hosted by the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).