Novena Psychiatry Clinic

Personal care and treatment

Dr Tommy Tan

Dr Tommy Tan was a senior consultant at the Institute of Mental Health Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1987. He trained in general adult psychiatry and liaison psychiatry (psychiatry in general hospital) at the National University Hospital Singapore and the New Charing Cross Hospital London. He has a Master of Medicine in Psychiatry from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore. 

Dr Tan provides care and treatment for patients with mental disorders and other patients with psychological problems caused by their medical illnesses.

Dr Tan is the first psychiatrist in Singapore to receive formal training in forensic psychiatry. He trained in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychiatry from University of London in 1999. He is an expert in mental health laws.

As a forensic psychiatrist, he has provided consultation to lawyers in Singapore and Malaysia. He is a well known expert witness in the Courts. He has been involved in several high profiled legal cases. He specialises in helping people with mental or psychological problems and having problems with the law.

He was formerly a council member of the Medico-Legal Society, a society which brings together lawyers and doctors who are interested in health laws.

Psychiatric Treatments & Services

Dr Tommy Tan treats the following psychiatric-related conditions:

Personal struggles

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia, Sleeping Difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Phobias (fear)

psychiatric conditions

  • Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Medical / Forensic Psychiatry

  • Medical and Surgical patients with Psychological Problems

  • Forensic Psychiatry - People with mental problems and difficulties with the law

Dr Julia Lam

Julia is proficient in forensic psych assessment and report-writing for Court purposes. A
scientist-practitioner, her work experiences include working in universities, hospitals, prisons and correction services, gambling treatment facilities and private clinics.

Currently, she is the only forensic psychologist with a doctorate in Forensic Psychology in the private sector of Singapore. She has written more than 350 forensic reports for Court purposes in the past 8 years and has testified in Singapore Courts. Her reports
are considered outstanding by lawyers, doctors and court officials who have had the opportunity to review them.

Her research and lecturing experiences span across three countries (Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore) over two decades which include conducting and supervising research in the areas of medical psychology, addictions / problem gambling and impulse-control disorders; training medical, nursing, psychology and social work students, as well as mental health professionals and addiction counsellors. She is a university lecturer in Impulse-Control Disorders and Addiction Counselling in Singapore.

Dr Lam is a registered psychologist in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. She holds professional memberships with:

  • Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society (with GBR)
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • College of Forensic Psychologists, APS
  • Singapore Psychological Society

She was a Council Member (Newsletter Editor) of the Singapore Psychological Society

She conducts Psychological Assessment (in clinic and in prisons) in the following areas:

  • Intelligence (IQ) Testing / Cognitive Functioning
  • Adaptive Functioning
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders in Adults
  • Personality / Psychopathology
  • Asperger Syndrome / Alexithymia in Adults
  • Atypical Theft Offending (ATO)
  • Gambling Disorder and behavioural addictions
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Impulsiveness / Impulse Control Issues
  • Malingering, motivation and effort in psych testing

Monday - Friday : 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 12:30pm