Winter, Sara

Australia Suite 3a, Admin Building Greenslopes Private Hospital Newdegate St, Greenslopes QLD 4120


Dr Sara Winter is a Clinical Psychologist with over 12 years experience working on the Southside of Brisbane with a special interest in sleep disorders and chronic disease. 

Sara completed her PhD in the area of sleep disorders and health behaviour change. Sara completed her clinical training at the University of Queensland in the area of Clinical and Neuro Psychology. She is experienced in working with a variety of clinical presentations including sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and the psychological concomitants of chronic diseases and chronic pain. Sara has worked publically in multidisciplinary teams in various specialities including respiratory and sleep, thoracic medicine, surgery, critical care, persistent pain, bariatrics, and renal medicine. Sara has published in the area of obstructive sleep apnoea and treatment adherence to CPAP.  

 Sara has a special interest and extensive experience in the psychological aspects of the management of sleep disorders including insomnia, hypersomnolence conditions, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, OSA, parasomnias and nightmares. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is the Standard, first-line recommended treatment for Insomnia (AASM Practice Guideline, 2017) and Sara is experienced in this intervention modality, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Trauma-focussed interventions and Mindfulness.​ 

Sara is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australasian Sleep Association. She is also an approved AHPRA Psychology Board of Australia supervisor for all pathways to registration as a Psychologist, including the Clinical Registrar programme.

Olsen S, Smith SS, Oei T & Douglas J (2012). Motivational Interviewing (MINT) Improves Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Acceptance and Adherence: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80 (1), 151-163. Olsen, S., Smith, S., Oei, TPS., & Douglas, J. (2010) Cues to Starting CPAP in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Development and Validation of the Cues to CPAP Use Questionnaire (CCUQ.) Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 6(3), 229-237. Olsen, S., Smith, S., & Oei, TPS. (2008). Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Sufferers: A Theoretical Approach to Treatment Adherence and Intervention. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1355–1371. Olsen, S., Smith, S., Oei, TPS., & Douglas, J. (2008). Motivation and Outcome Expectancies Predict Adherence to CPAP before Experience with CPAP. European Respiratory Journal, 32(3): 710–717. Dwyer, L., Olsen, S., & Oei, T.P.S., (2013). Cognitive-behavioural group therapy for heterogeneous anxiety and depressive disorders in a psychiatric hospital outpatient clinic. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27 (2), 138-154. Hornsey, M.J., Olsen, S., Barlow, F.K., & Oei, P.S. (2012). Testing a single-item visual analogue scale as a proxy for cohesiveness in group psychotherapy. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 16(1), 80-90. Falconer E, Geffen G, Olsen S, McFarland K. (2006). The rapid screen of concussion: An evaluation of the non-word repetition test for use in mTBI research. Brain Injury, 20, 1251–1263. Olsen, SL., Oei, TPS., Macek, E. (2009). The efficacy of CBT variations for childhood anxiety and depression. In TPS. Oei & C. So-Kum Tang (Eds). Current Research and Practices on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Asia (pp. 143-170). Brisbane, Queensland: CBT Unit Toowong Private Hospital.
  • Australia Suite 3a, Admin Building Greenslopes Private Hospital Newdegate St, Greenslopes QLD 4120

Additional Details

Greenslopes Respiratory & Sleep Consulting Suites
07 3397 1488
Clinical Psychologist
10-20 Years
10-20 Years
Griffith University
Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, OSA / CPAP adherence training, Nightmare Syndrome