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Dr. McCabe is Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and Psychologist-in-Chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. She is also a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University where she is the CBT Anxiety Module Coordinator for the Postgraduate Psychiatry Psychotherapy Program. Dr. McCabe is on the editorial board of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. She is also President of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Dr. McCabe is past Chair of the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program (2002-2008)at McMaster University. Dr. McCabe has over 120 published articles and book chapters in the areas of anxiety, eating disorders, and cognitive behavioural therapy. She has disseminated her work broadly through publication of several CBT workbooks for clinicians and consumers including The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook (2003),10 Simple Solutions to Panic (2004), Overcoming Your Animal and Insect Phobias (2005), A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Weight Management (2009) and The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Menopause (2012). She also coauthored Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Groups (2006) and most recently co-edited Phobias: The Psychology of Irrational Fear (2015). Her books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Polish, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, and Japanese.

Featured Publications

  • McCabe, R.E., Hood, H., & Antony, M.M. (2015). Anxiety disorders: Social and specific phobias. In A. Tasman, J. Kay, J.A. Lieberman, M.B. First, and M. Maj (Eds.), Psychiatry fourth edition (pp. 1019-1056). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Green, S. M., Haber, E, Frey, B. N., & McCabe, R. E. (2015). Cognitive-behavioural group therapy for perinatal anxiety: A pilot study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.
  • Milosevic, I., & McCabe, R.E. (2015). Phobias: The psychology of irrational fear, an encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
  • Moscovitch, D.A., Rowa, K., Paulitzky, J.R., Antony, M.M., & McCabe, R.E. (2015). What if I appear boring, anxious, or unattractive? Validation and treatment sensitivity of the Negative Self Portrayal Scale in clinical samples. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 178-192
  • Farrell, N., Milosevic, I., & McCabe, R.E. (2015). Group cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescents with anxiety disorders (Transtornos de ansiedade em grupos de adolsescentes). In C. Beatriz Neufeld (Ed.), Terapia cognitivo-comportamental em grupos para crianças eadolescentes. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Grupo A.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • B.Sc., University of Toronto

Research Areas

This faculty member is a core member of the Research and Clinical Training (RCT) stream in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University.  

Research interests focus on development and evaluation of cognitive behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders and other conditions; variables affecting treatment outcome for anxiety disorders including motivation, process factors, and comorbidity; and factors related to the phenomenology of anxiety and its disorders such as personality traits, life history, and information processing.

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