Professor Simon Smith

Professorial Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67812


I lead 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. I very often work to do this in collaboration with other researchers, and with partners from government, industry, and the community.

I am a psychologist who works to understand the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in a healthy, safe, and productive life. My current work focuses on sleep in the early years, but I have 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. My laboratory has capacity for measurements including actigraphy, polysomnography (overnight sleep studies), behavioural assessment, psychometric assessments, hormone measures, naturalistic and simulated driving, and environmental monitoring.

I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with endorsed practice in Clinical Neuropsychology,and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Socity's College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). I have has worked extensively in both research and clinical settings as a psychologist and sleep scientist.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Science (Advanced), Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • Soleimanloo, Shamsi Shekari and Smith, Simon (2023). Light as a countermeasure to sleepiness and its potential for use in the transport industry. The handbook of fatigue management in transportation. (pp. 351-361) edited by Christina M. Rudin-Brown and Ashleigh J. Filtness. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781003213154-30

  • Allan, Alicia and Smith, Simon (2020). Digital media and sleep in children. The Routledge companion to digital media and children. (pp. 403-413) New York, NY USA: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351004107-38

  • Smith, Simon S. (2010). Treating late-life insomnia: a case study. Casebook in clinical geropsychology: international perspectives on practice. (pp. 179-188) edited by Nancy A. Pachana, Ken Laidlaw and Bob G. Knight. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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