About Sarah Lam, Diabetes Psychologist
With over 20 years of clinical experience, Sarah Lam can help you manage your diabetes in a way that is positive and empowering. She worked for more than 10 years at the Diabetes Education Centre at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, where she was Senior Clinical Psychologist. As a consequence, this experience has given her a high level of insight into the issues that can arise and how to resolve them. Sarah has also worked with people with anxiety, depression, phobias, eating disorders, pre or post natal mood disorders, psychosis, and with university students. She currently works at the Nepean Family Metabolic Health Service, where she has led the development of the clinical psychology programme.
Sarah Lam’s Training and qualifications
BSc (Psychol)Hons, UNSW
M (Psychol) Clin, UNSW
Sarah Lam’s treatment approach
Sarah’s original training was in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based and widely used psychological treatment, and she has subsequently received training in:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
which are also evidence-based treatments.
Sarah also has a personal interest and extensive experience in mindfulness practice.
Sarah Lam’s Membership of professional associations
- Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA)
- Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)
- Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)
- Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
- Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)
Training of health professionals
Sarah Lam has been involved in training Clinical Psychologists and Diabetes Educators. This includes writing academic content, lecturing, grading student work, and supervising aspects of practice.
Sarah has been invited to give talks to numerous organisations, including patient groups, professional groups, and the pharmaceutical industry. These include:
- MedtronicDiabetes and Clinical Innovation Symposium
- Hornsby Type 1 Diabetes Expo
- Lady Cilento (Brisbane) Paediatric Endocrine Department Education dinner
- UTS graduate certificate in diabetes education and management (psychological aspects of diabetes, interviewing skills) ADEA state conference (motivational interviewing for diabetes)
- ADEA national conference (mindfulness groups for Type 1 Diabetes)
- Diabetes Australia/Australian Diabetes Council
- Dietitian Association of Australia – Diabetes Dietitian Interest Group
Due to her extensive experience in this area, Sarah is available to run training for groups of diabetes professionals regarding psychological matters in diabetes.
Supervision of psychologists
Sarah is an experienced supervisor of clinical psychologists, both for endorsement and for ongoing professional development. As a result, she is particularly sought after for her knowledge gained from working as Senior Clinical Psychologist in a Diabetes Team.
Furthermore, supervision is available both face to face and via phone/video.
Sarah Lam’s Publications
Sarah Lam (2020) Should every diabetes service have a psychologist? Australian Diabetes Educator, 23(1) https://ade.adea.com.au/should-every-diabetes-service-have-a-psychologist/
Soo, H and Lam, S (2009) Stress Management Training in diabetes mellitus. Journal of Health Psychology, 14(7), 933-943 https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1359105309341146
Summary of proceedings of 1st APS Clinical Psychology Conference published in “Clinical Psychologist”, Vol 1, 1995.
Recent conference presentations
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for reducing distress in Type-1 Diabetes: Reflections from a pilot study. At 2013 AACBT conference
- A Mindfulness Group to reduce Emotional Distress in Type 1 Diabetes: Results of a pilot programme at 2013 Australian Diabetes Educators Association Conference
- Exploring student values as a tool in student support services – workshop presented at ANZ Student Services Association Conference 2015
- Using values cards to highlight developmental focus within student counselling – paper presented at ANZ Student Services Association Conference December 2015