Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand

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Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand


Teaching areas

  • Clinical Psychology

Research areas

  • clinical psychology
  • trauma
  • social anxiety
  • metacognitive theory and therapy


Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand is a clinical psychologist who coordinates and teaches courses in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program, provides clinical supervision to the clinical psychology students, and research supervision to Master’s students.

Lee qualified at the University of Canterbury with a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology. He recently completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the University of Oxford, England. He has worked in a number of clinical settings in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. In the UK he worked at The Priory, as well as the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hospital. In New Zealand he divided his time between working at the Anxiety Disorders Unit for the Canterbury District Health Board and private practice at The Anxiety Clinic and Centre for Cognitive Therapy. His New Zealand experience previously included working for the Department of Corrections Psychological Service.

Lee, along with Associate Professor Janet D. Carter (University of Canterbury, NZ) has authored the self-help book How to Deal with Anxiety:  A 5-step, CBT-based plan for overcoming generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and worry.

Professional memberships

  • Registered Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement – Psychologists’ Board of Australia
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)


  • USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to Dr Kate Mulgrew as the team leader and the PSY102 teaching team (including Lee Kannis-Dymand)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Clinical Psychology

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