Dr Marlene Lee is a US-trained clinical psychologist. Originally from Malaysia, she has been residing in Singapore since 2005.


Dr. Lee completed her B.A in Psychology (summa cum laude) at California State University, Fresno. Subsequently, she obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Adult Clinical Track) from the University of Albany, State University of New York, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.


Dr. Lee  specializes in the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, addictive behaviors, and trauma. Her approach to psychotherapy/counselling tends to be eclectic, with strong emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions. Dr Lee works primarily with adults and adolescents. 

Prior to entering full-time private practice in 2010, Dr Lee held faculty positions at the National University of Singapore and James Cook University, Singapore, where she taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and trained and supervised students in the Master and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) programs.

From 2007 to 2009, she took time off from academe to pursue humanitarian aid work. She became a full-time volunteer for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), an international medical-humanitarian NGO. In her role as a field psychologist, she developed and implemented community-based mental health programs, trained and supervised local counsellors, and provided psychosocial support to victims of  armed conflict in Kashmir, India, and Yambio, South Sudan. In addition, she was part of the emergency intervention team for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, 2008 Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and the 2009 Padang earthquake in Indonesia. 

Dr. Lee currently sits on the Board of Directors of MSF Hong Kong. She aspires to make mental health services more accessible to local communities and people from all walks of life.      

 Clinical & Research Interests:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Trauma, coping, and resiliency 
  • Psychology and humanitarian assistance 
  • Pathological gambling and other addictive behaviors 
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) 
  • Mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions 

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Lee is a Registered Psychologist (Reg#: 06050104) and a member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). She has been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1998. She is also a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

In addition, Dr Lee is a member of the Singapore Red Cross, as well as a local service provider for MSFHK’s Psychosocial Support Network, which aims to provide psychological services to returned MSF field volunteers.


Dr. Lee is fluent in English and Malay.


   “Let the flower of compassion blossom in the rich soil of maitri, and water it with the good  water of equanimity in the cool, refreshing  shade of joy”  -Longchenpa-