Dr Irene TEO

Assistant Professor

Qualifications: Ph.D., MS
Office No. : (65) 6601 5145

Office Email: irene.teo@duke-nus.edu.sg

Brief Biography:

Dr. Teo’s background is in clinical health psychology and she is trained as a researcher and clinician. She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis on health at the University of Houston in 2012. She completed her APA-accredited internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Teo’s research and clinical interests include coping and adjustment to emotional distress, body image changes, and disease symptoms (e.g., pain, fatigue) in the areas of oncology and chronic pain. She is interested in development of psychosocial interventions aimed at alleviating distress for patients and their families.



  • Assistant Professor in Lien Centre for Palliative Care (primary)
  • Assistant Professor in the Health Services Research Program at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore (primary)
  • National Cancer Centre Singapore (joint)

Research Areas:

  • Psycho-oncology
  • Psychological distress
  • Psychological coping
  • Interventional research

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • B.S (2005), Indiana University Bloomington, IN
  • M.S in Health Psychology (2006), Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2012), University of Houston TX
  • Post-doc (2015), MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston TX