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Dr Cornelia Chee

  • Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital
  • Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (S'pore), MMed (Psych) (S'pore)
General Adult Psychiatry
Special Interests:
Community Psychiatry, Mental Health in LGBTQ, Psycho-Oncology, Women's Mental Health (Perinatal) - Anxiety During Pregnancy, Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression


Dr Cornelia Chee graduated from the National University of Singapore, and subsequently obtained her Master of Medicine in Psychiatry in 2001. She qualified as a specialist in Psychiatry in 2004. She did her clinical fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at the University of Toronto from 2006 to 2007.

In 2008, she came back to set up the Women’s Emotional Health Service at the National University Hospital. She is also the Senior Consultant Psychiatrist of the Department of Psychological Medicine, NUS, and Consultant for the Assessment & Shared Care Team (ASCAT). Additionally, Dr Chee is a member of the Visitors’ Board at the Institute of Mental Health.

Her special interests include women’s mental health, in particular, perinatal psychiatry, general adult psychiatry and community psychiatry.

Apart from the clinical interests, she is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry education. She has consistently received excellent teaching feedback scores from her students. She is a nationally recognized scholar in psychiatry and medicine having been chosen to receive the Book Prize in Psychiatry, awarded by NUS.
Dr Chee currently holds positions in the following:
- Programme Director, Women's Emotional Health Service, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital
- Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Journals & Publications

​1. CYI Chee, YS Chong, DT Lee, et al. Perinatal depressive disorders in Singaporean women and their partners. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 2004; 33(5 Suppl): S38-39. [IF – 0.902]

2. CYI Chee, DTS Lee, YS Chong, et al. Confinement and other psychosocial factors in perinatal depression: a transcultural study in Singapore. Journal of Affective Disorders 2005; 89(1-3): 157-166. [IF – 4.084]

3. CYI Chee, TP Ng, EH Kua. Comparing the stigma of mental illness in a general hospital with a state mental hospital – a Singapore study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2005; 40: 648-653. [IF – 4.225]

4. CYI Chee, YS Chong, TP Ng, et al. The association between maternal depression and frequent non-routine visits to the infant's doctor - A cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders 2007; 107(1-3): 247-253. [IF – 4.084]

5. S Grigoriadis, GE Robinson, K Fung, LE Ross, CYI Chee, et al. Traditional Postpartum Practices and Rituals: Clinical Implications. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 54(12): 834-840. [IF – 3.713]

6. SL Keng, Y Lee, S Drabu, RY Hong, CYI Chee, et al. Construct Validity of Borderline Personality Disorder in two Singaporean samples. Journal of Personality Disorders 2018, 33(4); 450-469. [IF – 2.116]

7. S Shorey, CYI Chee, ED Esperanza, YH Chan, WWS Tam, YS Chong. Prevalence and incidence of postpartum depression among healthy mothers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2018, 104: 235-248. [IF – 4.465]

8. S Shorey, CYI Chee, ED Ng, L Ying, CL Dennis, YH Chan. Analysis of a technology-based peer support intervention program for preventing postnatal depression (Part 1): Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2019; 21(8): e12410. [IF – 4.831]

9. S Shorey, L Ang, CYI Chee. A systematic mixed-studies review on mindfulness-based childbirth education programmes and maternal outcomes. Nursing Outlook 2019; 67(6): 696-706. [IF – 2.820]


Professional Memberships

  • Member, Adult Protection Team (Ministry of Social & Family Development)


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