Dr. Randi McCabe is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a clinical psychologist with almost 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, researcher, educator, and healthcare leader. At St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Randi is Psychologist-in-Chief and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) where she has focused efforts on reducing wait times and increasing access to empirically supported treatments. The ATRC is one of the leading specialized treatment, research, and training centres for anxiety disorders in Canada. Randi has enjoyed balancing her clinical and administrative roles with her academic pursuits. Her research has focused on anxiety disorders and the development of novel cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for a range of disorders. She has published over 100 research papers and chapters. She has disseminated her work broadly through publication of several CBT workbooks for clinicians and consumers including The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook (2003), 10 Simple Solutions to Panic (2004), Overcoming Your Animal and Insect Phobias (2005), A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Weight Management (2009), and The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Menopause (2012). She also co-authored Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Groups (2006) and co-edited Phobias: The Psychology of Irrational Fear (2015). Her books have been translated into many languages including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Spanish, and Swedish.
At McMaster University, Randi served as Chair of the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences (2003-2008), a post professional psychotherapy training program for health professionals. She helped found the Mentorship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in 2015 and currently service as co-lead. She also teaches and supervises graduate students in the McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery and Study Program (MiNDs) and the Research Clinical Training Stream of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience.
Randi has played a major role in the development of national credentialing standards for CBT practitioners, serving as President-Elect, President, and Past-President on the Board of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (2014-2017). She also co-founded the Hamilton Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2000. In 2016, she was elected Fellow status in the Canadian Psychological Association, an honour that recognizes distinguished contributions to the advancement of the science and profession of psychology in Canada.
Randi lives in Hamilton with her husband William Harper who is a physician at Hamilton Health Sciences and her two sons who both started in the Montessori Program at HSC at age 3. Liam Harper-McCabe is now in Grade 7 and Brendan Harper-McCabe is in M8 in the Montessori School.
Randi enjoys spending time with her family travelling and skiing, watching her boys play sports, and exploring the great outdoors with her dogs Cody and Sushi.
Randi serves on the HSC Board Development Committee.