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Sarah Perini

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sarah is a clinical psychologist with over fifteen years experience specialising in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. She was the Director of the Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University for three years, where her role involved the co-ordination of clinical research trials, the provision of clinical supervision to staff and students, and the design of interventions for anxiety disorders. Sarah has also help positions at Uspace, an inpatient mental health unit for young adults. Sarah previously worked at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Mood Disorders Day Program at Northside Clinic, and in the public health system in the United Kingdom. She has done contract work for the World Health Organisation and has been appointed as an Honorary Associate in Psychology at Macquarie University, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Sydney.

Sarah has had a number of research articles published in international journals and has presented on the treatment of anxiety disorders at several psychology conferences and university lectures. She is a committee member of the Anxiety Practitioners’ Network, and a member of Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). She primarily uses a cognitive behavioural approach.


Wuthrich, V. M., Rapee, R. M., Kangas, M., & Perini, S. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of group cognitive behavioral therapy compared to a discussion group for co-morbid anxiety and depression in older adults. Psychological Medicine, 1-11.

Perini, S.J. & Rapee, R.M. (2014). Theoretical Foundations of CBT for Anxious and Depressed Youth. In E.S. Sburlati, H.J Lyneham, C.A. Schniering & R.M. Rapee, R.M. (Eds.) Evidence-Based CBT for Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: A Competencies Based Approach, 97-113. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Barlow, D.H., Rapee, R.M. & Perini, S. (2014). Mastering Stress- A Lifestyle Approach. Updated Edition. New York: Oxford University Press,

Brockveld, K.C., Perini, S.J., & Rapee, R.M. (2014). Social Anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder Across Cultures. In S. G. Hofmann & P. M. DiBartolo (Eds.) Social Anxiety (3rd Edition) Clinical, Developmental and Social Perspectives, 141-158.

Perini, S.J., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2013). ‘Cool Kids’ in Denmark: Commentary on a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxio. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 9, 359-370.

Perini, S.J., Titov, N. & Andrews, G. (2009). Clinician-assisted Internet-based treatment is effective for depression: Randomized controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 571-578.

McEvoy, P.M., Mahoney, A., Perini, S.J., & Kingsep, P. (2009). Changes in post-event processing and metacognitions during cognitive behavioral group therapy for social phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 617-623.

McEvoy, P.M. & Perini, S.J. (2009). Cognitive behavioral group therapy for social phobia with or without attention training: A controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 519-528.

Kim, J., Chen, J., Rapee, R., Oh, K., Perini, S., Moon, H. & Baillie, A. (2009). Cultural differences in symptoms of social anxiety and Taijin-Kyofusho: Comparisons among Australia, Korea and Japan. Manuscript currently under review,

Perini, S.J (2009). Fighting depression- layman’s CBT. The Medical Journal of Australia,

Perini, S., Titov, N., & Andrews, G. (2008). The Climate Sadness program: an open trial of Internet-based treatment for depression. Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain & Culture, 18-24.

Perini, S.J., Slade, T. & Andrews, G. (2006). Generic effectiveness measures: Sensitivity to symptom change in anxiety disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 90, 123-130.

Perini, S.J., Abbott, M. J. & Rapee, R.M. (2006). Perception of performance as a mediator in the relationship between social anxiety and negative post-event rumination. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30,


Perini, S. J. & Wims, E. (2008). Distance Treatment of and Major Depressive Disorder and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Australian Society of Psychiatric Research,

Perini, S.J. & Mahoney, A. (2008). Anxiety in the Workplace. Mental Health Association NSW,

Perini, S.J. (2008). Just Pretend I’m Not There – CBT for Social Phobia. Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy,

Perini, S.J. (2008). The Nature and Treatment of Social Phobia. Anxiety Disorders Alliance,

Perini, S.J. & McEvoy, P.M. (2007). Post Event Processing in Social Phobia: Changes Throughout the Course of Treatment. World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies,

Perini, S.J., Abbott, M. J. & Rapee, R.M. (2005). Perception of performance, negative post-event rumination and social anxiety. Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy,

Perini, S.J., Slade, T. & Andrews, G. (2004). Generic effectiveness measures: Comparing sensitivity to symptom change in patients with anxiety disorders. Australian Society of Psychiatric Research,

Perini, S.J. (2001). Cross cultural differences in social phobia. Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia,


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Senior Clinical Psychologist


BA(Hons), LLB, MA(Clin Psych), MAACBT

Interest Areas:

Adults: Anxiety, Depression/Mood Disorders, Adjustment Difficulties and Work Related Issues


CBT, DBT, ACT, Schema

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