Professor Rapee specializes in mental health, especially in anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan. He is best known for his theoretical models of the development of anxiety disorders as well as for his creation of empirically validated intervention programs. His recent work has focused on prevention of anxiety and depression as well as on public dissemination and access to empirically validated programs.
Professor Rapee's public contributions include membership of several grants committees for the NH&MRC, honorary advisor to the Chinese Association of CBT and the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, and chair of the Australian Rotary Health Grants Committee. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his contributions to clinical psychology,especially among young people.