BA (Hons) (Sydney), MPsych (Sydney), PhD (London)


I am an expert in Health Psychology with particular expertise in cognitive behavioural treatments for patients coping with chronic physical illness. I am interested in developing treatment programs for novel indications in a range of health conditions and testing their efficacy in randomized controlled trials. I am particularly interested in the way in which people adjust to illness and in interventions that prevent the development of psychological problems and/or increased physical disability. Much of my research has focused on chronic pain, but I have recently been investigating fear of cancer recurrence and anxiety and depression in epilepsy. I am particularly interested in the role of cognitive processes in adjustment.

Professor of Clinical Psychology, The University of Sydney, Australia

Ian M. Campbell Award for contribution to clinical psychology (Australian Psychological Society) 2007

Distinguished Career Award for cognitive behavioural therapy (Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) 2016

  1. Sharpe, L., Schrieber, L. (2012) A blind, randomised controlled trial of cognitive versus behavioural versus cognitive-behavioural treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81, 145-152.
  2. Sharpe L., Ianello, M., Dear, B.F., Nicholson Perry K, Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2012). Is there a potential role for attentional bias modification in pain patients: The results of two randomized, controlled trials. Pain, 153, 722-731
  3. Scott, A., Sharpe, L., Hunt, C. (2017, accepted). Rates of anxiety and depression in people with epilepsy; A meta-analysis. Epilepsia
  4. Butow, P, Turner, J., Gilchrist, J., Sharpe, L., et al.., A randomized trial of CONquerFear: a novel, theoretically based psychosocial intervention for fear of cancer recurrence. Journal of Clinical Oncology. (accepted (11th September)
  5. Jones, E. & Sharpe, L. (2017; accepted). Cognitive Bias Modification: A review of meta-analyses. Journal of Affective Disorders