Jonathan is a clinical psychologist who has previously worked in both public health and University settings. From 1999 to 2010 Jonathan held the position of Clinic Director at the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health, where his work involved the design and evaluation of group treatment programs for adult anxiety disorders, including social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and blood-injection-injury phobia.  He also helped establish the Anxiety Practitioners’ Network in 2001, a non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of the treatment of anxiety disorders.  Jonathan has co-authored a number of research publications on anxiety in international peer-reviewed journals and continues to be involved in research and publications relating to adult anxiety disorders.

Jonathan has a particular interest in working with adults who experience problems such as Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobias (in particular Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia). His other clinical interest areas include public speaking and performance anxiety, maladaptive perfectionism, the treatment of academic procrastination, and burnout in professionals.

Further information:


Mason, Elizabeth C.; Gaston, Jonathan E.; Pestell, Carmela; & Page, Andrew (in preparation).

A Comprehensive Group Based Cognitive Behavioural Treatment for Blood Injection Injury Phobia

Wong, Quincy J. J; Gregory, Bree; Gaston, Jonathan E; Rapee, Ronald M; Wilson, Judith K; Abbott, Maree J. (2017). Development and validation of the Core Beliefs Questionnaire in a sample of individuals with social anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 207, 121-127.

  1. (2015). Relationships between probability estimates, cost estimates, and social anxiety during CBT for social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 636-645.

Gregory, Bree; Peters, Lorna; Abbott, Maree J; Gaston, Jonathan E; Rapee, Ronald M. (2015). Relationships between probability estimates, cost estimates, and social anxiety during CBT for social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 636-645.

Rapee, Ronald M; Peters, Lorna; Carpenter, Leigh; Gaston, Jonathan E. (2015). The Yin and Yang of support from significant others: Influence of general social support and partner support of avoidance in the context of treatment for social anxiety disorder.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 69, 40-47.

Rapee, Ronald M; MacLeod, Colin; Carpenter, Leigh; Gaston, Jonathan E; Frei, Jacqueline; Peters, Lorna; & Baillie, Andrew J. (2013). Integrating cognitive bias modification into a standard cognitive behavioural treatment package for social phobia: A randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 207-215.

Rapee, Ronald M; Gaston, Jonathan E; & Abbott, Maree J. (2009). Testing the Efficacy of Theoretically Derived Improvements in the Treatment of Social Phobia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 317-327.

Cuming, Samantha; Rapee, Ronald M; Kemp, Nicola; Abbott, Maree J; Peters, Lorna; Gaston, Jonathan E. (2009). A self-report measure of subtle avoidance and safety behaviors relevant to social anxiety: Development and psychometric properties. Journal of Anxiety Disorder, 23, 879-883.

Guastella, A.J., Richardson, R., Lovibond, P.M., Rapee, R.M., Gaston, J.E., Mitchell, P. & Dadds M.R. (2008). A randomized controlled trial of D-Cycloserine enhancement of exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 63, 544-549.

Kim, J., Rapee, R.M., & Gaston, J.E. (2008). Symptoms of offensive type Taijin-Kyofusho among Australian social phobics. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 601-608.

Rapee, R.M., Abbott, M.J., Baillie, A.J. & Gaston, J.E. (2007). Treatment of social phobia through pure self-help and therapist-augmented self-help. British Journal of Psychiatry, 191, 246-252.

Gaston, J.E., Abbott, M.J, Rapee, R.M., & Neary, S.A. (2006). Do empirically supported treatments generalise to private practice? A benchmark study of a cognitive-behavioural group treatment program for social phobia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 33-48.

Gaston, J.E. & Vogl, L. (2005). Psychometric properties of the General Well-Being Index. Quality of Life Research, 14, 71-75.

Murrell, E., Steel, Z., Gaston, J. & Proudfoot, H.  (2002). Training the clinical psychologist: Profile of a university-based clinic. Australian Psychologist, 37(2), 123-128.

Einstein, D.A., Lovibond, P.F. & Gaston, J.E. (2000). Relationship between perfectionism and emotional symptoms in an adolescent sample. Australian Journal of Psychology, 52(2), 89-93.  

Gaston, J.E. & Brown, L.B.  (1991). Religious and gender prototypes.  The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 1(4), 223-241.


Gaston, J. & Baillie, A. (2008). Centre for Emotional Health Internal Grant. Development of a therapist manual to allow the implementation of the ‘Panic Surfing’ treatment program in the CEH Clinic. ($9126).

Gaston, J. (2008). Macquarie University General Staff Grant. ($1600).

Gaston, J.E. (2007). Centre for Emotional Health Internal Grant. Evaluation of MUARU Private Treatment Programs. ($5000)

Rapee, Baillie, Peters, & Gaston. Macquarie University Safety Net funding. Pilot project of

cost-effectiveness of bibliotherapy for social phobia augmented by lay facilitators.2005.($10,000)


Gaston, J. Recipient, 2007 Macquarie University Community Engagement and Outstanding Service Award. Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. March 31st, 2008.