Professor Simon Smith

Professor Simon Smith is a psychologist and recognised expert in sleep and the developing brain. Simon’s primary interest is to understand the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in a healthy, safe, and productive life, with a current focus on the early years of life. As Co-Leader of the Healthy Child program, Simon’s work will aim to grow understanding of young children’s sleep and its connections with screen use and interactions with activity, wellbeing, and stress.

Simon currently leads the Sleep and Health Group within the Institute for Social Science Research (UQ) and has worked extensively in research and clinical settings as a psychologist and sleep scientist. Simon is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with endorsed practice in Clinical Neuropsychology, a Fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN), and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In 2020, Simon co-authored a chapter on digital media and sleep in children in the The Routledge companion to digital media and an analysis of research on young children’s napping patterns published in ScienceDirect.

Earliest digital memory
Watching with awe a first-generation version of Pong, and later getting a Pulsar calculator digital watch.

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