Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit

Nik is the Founding Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit (CBTRU) based in Melbourne, Australia. Nik led the development and implementation of a PhD clinical psychology training program at Monash University, one of Australia’s Group of 8 Universities, during his term as Director of Clinical Psychology Training. His tenure at Monash was preceded and followed by terms as Director of Clinical Psychology Training roles at various Australian Universities within his twenty-year academic career. Nik has designed national CBT training programs for the Australian Psychological Society, which have trained over 10,000 psychologists and he has delivered CBT training in 23 countries worldwide.

The CBTRU team’s research has resulted in multiple US National Institute of Health grants based on CBTRU conceptual models and measures, leading to over 200 publications in scholarly journals, including six books for clinicians. The team’s work is highly cited by the international scientific community. For example, the American Psychological Association (APA) awarded Nik’s team the Top Downloaded Paper Award in 2019 for the most downloaded article across all 89 APA journals, out of more than 4,500 articles.

He is also a member of Beck Institute’s Adjunct Faculty and International Advisory Committee. In this capacity, he leverages his two decades of clinical and research advisory experience to support the needs of the Beck Institute’s research efforts. This includes evaluating and advising on the psychometric properties of the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale – Revised (CTRS-R) and supervisors’ use of the CTRS-R. Nik has delivered training at the Beck Institute and contributed an invited keynote address at the Beck Excellence Summit.

Nik has served as Guest Editor of many prestigious journals. Currently, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)’s practice journal, “Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,” and is the book series editor for SpringerNature’s “CBT: Science into Practice.” Nik has received the Beck Scholar Award from Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Dr. Judith S. Beck in recognition of his scholarly contributions.

Now retired from the academic component of his career, Nik resides in Melbourne, Australia, where he runs a private practice working with members of the Toorak community.

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