Dr Bob Montgomery is a psychologist, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sydney University and a doctorate in psychology from Macquarie University. His professional career over more than 40 years has combined twin streams of university posts and professional practice. He served on the psychology staffs at Sydney and Macquarie Universities and was the second foundation psychology staff member at La Trobe University in Melbourne, eventually for 10 years, finally as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. He was also a visiting professor at the Universities of Hawaii and Oregon during this period. He left La Trobe University in 1981 to go into private practice in Melbourne in clinical, health and forensic psychology, and consulting with organisations.
In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society for his contributions to the science and profession, particularly for presenting psychology to the wider community. He is a Member of the Society’s Colleges of Clinical Psychologists, of Forensic Psychologists, and of Health Psychologists, and has served in various roles for the Society. He was a Director of the Society from 2004 to 2007, President-Elect 2007 – 2008, and President 2008 – 2010. In 2013 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society, its recognition of a Member who is deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the science and profession.
He is also a member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health & Medicine, and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. In 2009 he was elected Vice President of Allied Health Professions Australia.
In 1994 he accepted appointment as the first Professor and Head of Psychology at Bond University in Queensland, where he developed a program of accredited courses in psychology with an emphasis on useful, practical skills. He left Bond University in December 2001 to return to private practice. In February 2003 he took up an appointment as Professor and Head of Psychology at the University of Canberra, where he led the redesign of the psychology teaching program and the establishment of the postgraduate clinical psychology course, to national accreditation standards. At the end of 2004 he left the University of Canberra to return to private practice on the Gold Coast. He is heavily involved in providing professional development workshops for psychologists and other health professionals throughout Australia and occasionally overseas. In 2006 he accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, while leading the establishment of their psychology program.
He has given guest lectures and conducted programs for various organisations – public, private and community – throughout Australia and overseas. He has over 30 publications in scientific and professional journals and is the author of thirteen best-selling self-help books, now published in a number of countries. He makes frequent public presentations on psychology and regularly contributes to television, radio and print media.
He is married to Dr Laurel Morris, who ran the teaching clinic at Bond University, was Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at UC, then at Griffith University, now supervises in the teaching clinic at Bond University, is coauthor of many of their books, and also consults in their private practice. They have a son, James, who earned his PhD in computer science at Bond University, completed two post-doctoral research fellowships, at Swinburne University and NICTA at the Australian National University, and is now a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania.
Bob and Laurel live in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, overlooking the Broadwater and South Stradbroke Island. Their recreations include boating, bush walking, surfing, alpine skiing, scuba diving, underwater photography and videography, good movies, good theatre, good food and good wine.