Rachel E. Menzies completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, taking out the Dick Thompson Thesis Prize for her work on the dread of death and its relationship to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She then went on to complete both her Masters of Clinical Psychology and her PhD at the University of Sydney.
In addition to her clinical work, Rachel currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow and guest lecturer at the University of Sydney.
Beginning as an undergraduate, she 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 was featured in The Conversation Yearbook 2016
, a collection of the top one per cent of ‘standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers’. 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 September 2021, Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society
, which Rachel co-wrote with her father, Ross G. Menzies, was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel makes regular appearances on national radio in Australia and at public events such as The Festival of Death and Dying.
My interview with Rachel begins around 10:06 in episode 6.
Rachel nominated 'All Things Must Pass' by George Harrison as a song she would like played at her funeral or wake. Listen to the song in our 'Farewell songs' playlist