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Personal profile

Research engagement

  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy (January 2017 – Present)
  • Editorial Board member, Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic (June 2018 – Present)
  • Guest Editor for Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy special issue on ‘Adapting and Implementing CBT for anxiety across the lifespan’ (2016-2017)
  • External Assessor NHMRC Project Grants (2018)
  • External Assessor Alzheimer's Society (UK) Project Grants (2015)
  • Scientific Review Panel member, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016)

Research student supervision

I supervise research students with interests in the following areas:

Anxiety; Depression; Children; Adolescents; Youth; Older adults; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Treatment; Fear conditioning; Fear Learning; Attention bias; Cognitive bias; Memory; Neuropsychological functioning; Cognition; Family accommodation; Avoidance; Optimising treatment; Novel treatment approaches; Assessment.


I am a Macquarie University Research Fellow and a registered Clinical Psychologist. I completed my PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in 2014, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of South Florida, Florida and at Macquarie University before beginning my Macquarie University Research Fellowship.

My research is focused on understanding the cognitive and environmental mechanisms that underpin anxiety (and related disorders) in childhood and older age, and whether these factors impact on the efficacy of existing treatments. These interests include how fear learning, cognition, attention and memory impact the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety problems.


I provide guest lectures on the Masters of Clinical Psychology, Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology and Honours programs.

Community engagement

I regularly provide talks on anxiety disorders in youth and older adults to parents, teachers, early childhood workers, aged care workers, health professionals and members of the community. I also engage in a range of media interviews (television, radio and newspaper) about childhood and late-life anxiety disorders.

Research interests

  • Cognitive and learning mechanisms underpinning anxiety and related disorders, including fear learning, neuropsychological functioning, and attentional, memory and cognitive and biases.
  • Psychosocial impacts of anxiety and related disorders
  • Treatment of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive and tic disorders.
  • Family responses to mental health problems in youth and older adults, including family accommodation, mental health literacy and stigma.
  • Optimising age-appropriate assessment of mental health symptoms, and assessment of treatment outcome.

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Research Output

Open Access

Child trauma exposure and subsequent emotional functioning in El Salvador

Johnco, C., Salloum, A., McBride, N. M., Cepeda, S., Guttfreund, D., Novoa, J. C. & Storch, E. A., Mar 2020, In : Traumatology. 26, 1, p. 19–28 10 p.

Macquarie University

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • The Moderating Role of Sleep in the Relationship Between Social Isolation and Internalising Problems in Early Adolescence

    Richardson, C., Oar, E., Fardouly, J., Magson, N., Johnco, C., Forbes, M. & Rapee, R. M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 50, 6, p. 1011-1020 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Diagnosing childhood OCD

    Oar, E., Johnco, C. & Turner, C., 2018, The clinician's guide to cognitive-behavioral therapy for childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder. Storch, E., McGuire, J. & McKay, D. (eds.). London, UK: Academic Press, p. 7-28 22 p.

    Macquarie University

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  • An initial study of family accommodation in children and adolescents with chronic tic disorders

    Storch, E. A., Johnco, C., McGuire, J. F., Wu, M. S., McBride, N. M., Lewin, A. B. & Murphy, T. K., Jan 2017, In : European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 26, 1, p. 99-109 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review