- The Conversation Article
Sleep won’t cure the coronavirus but it can help our bodies fight it
Simon Smith leads the Sleep and Health Group within the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), with the broad aim to bridge the biological and social sciences for community benefit, often collaborating with other researchers, and with partners from government, industry, and the community.
As a psychologist Simon works to understand the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in a healthy, safe, and productive life. His current work focuses on sleep in the early years, but he has significant experience and interest in the wellbeing of others groups, including older adults, people living with dementia, brain injury and neurological disease, young adults and adolescents, shift-workers and athletes. His laboratory has capacity for measurements including actigraphy, polysomnography (overnight sleep studies), behavioural assessment, psychometric assessments, hormone measures, naturalistic and simulated driving, and environmental monitoring.
Simon is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with endorsed practice in Clinical Neuropsychology, and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN).
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University