Professor Suzanne Chambers is a health psychologist who has been working as a practitioner and researcher in psycho-oncology, the psychology of cancer, for over 25 years. Suzanne uses a cognitive behavioural and problem solving approach in how she works with individuals and incorporates strategies related to acceptance, mindfulness and self- compassion. Her approach is to integrate ways of understanding personal challenges by using the tools best suited to the individual and their personal goals and way of life.
She is a member of the College of Health Psychology within the Australian Psychological Society. She was awarded her PhD in 2004 from the School of Psychology at Griffith University. Suzanne has published over 300 publications about health and well-being after a cancer diagnosis. These include scientific papers, government reports, and booklets and resources for people coping with cancer. She has published a self-help book for men with prostate cancer and their partners that includes self-management strategies based on cognitive behavioural therapy called “Facing the Tiger: A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer and the People who Love Them” published by Australian Academic Press. Author royalties are donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Suzanne has presented her work and conducted training workshops nationally and internationally at psychology and medical conferences and seminars. She has also worked closely with community support groups across Australia for many years.
Suzanne was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018 for distinguished service to medical research particularly in the area of psycho-oncology and to community health through patient care strategies to assist men with prostate cancer.
Suzanne is on the editorial board of the journal Psycho-Oncology and is an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Cancer Care. Suzanne holds adjunct academic appointments at Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland and Edith Cowan University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is member of the Healthy Male Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee.