Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit

Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, has worked in clinical, training, and research settings for two decades, achieving the academic rank of Professor, and serving as Director of Clinical Psychology at La Trobe University, Monash University, and the Institute of Social Neuroscience. He is a Beck Scholar, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is the International Association for Cognitive Therapy’s Delegate for Australia. 

Dr. Kazantzis is founder and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit (CBTRU) that joins Australian and international clinical scientists in a program of research designed to optimize the practice of CBT, with a particular focus on the therapeutic relationship. Their work has produced 150 publications, 6 practitioner books, and has been featured in keynote presentations and workshops for mental health professionals in 20 countries worldwide.  

Dr. Kazantzis contributed the books “Cognitive and Behavior Theories in Clinical Practice” and “The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Behavior Therapy” (Guilford) and is currently producing the second edition of the popular book “Using Homework in Cognitive Behavior Therapy” (Routledge). He is currently Editor-in-Chief for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, published on behalf of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is serving as Guest Editor for Psychotherapy Research.  

In Australia, Dr. Kazantzis has developed fundamental and advanced CBT training programs for the APS that have provided post-qualification training for 10,000 psychologists.  

Dr. Kazantzis retired from academia in 2021. In addition to consultancy through CBTRU, he runs a private practice in Melbourne, Australia, where he provides individual therapy and specialist CBT supervision.