Avatar Image

Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling

Personal

Name
Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith
Position(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
Discipline *
Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 4908
Email
Location
View location details (QUT staff and student access only)
Qualifications

Ph.D (The University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Registered Psychologist, with specialist area of endorsed practice in clinical neuropsychology.
  • Foundation member and current leader of the Queensland Sleep Health Network
  • Chair, Australasian Sleep Trials Network Insomnia steering group + research committee.
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society and recently invited by the ASA education committee and the APS 2011 to deliver PD-endorsed workshops on sleep for registered psychologists.
  • Member, and past Qld Branch secretary, of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
  • Member, Australasian Sleep Association: Clinical Committee 2006-2008, Conference Committee 2005-6, Chair of Insomnia & Sleep Health Section 2006-7, Membership Committee 2007, and other activities – see below).
Keywords

Fatigue, Injury Prevention, Insomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Shiftwork, Sleep

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Smith completed his PhD in the area of sleep psychophysiology at The University of Melbourne.

Prior to his current position with CARRS-Q, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Key Centre for Human Factors, the University of Queensland. He is a registered psychologist and has been employed as Senior Psychologist in Commonwealth, State, and Private Hospital sectors.

Dr Smith has a particular interest in the impact of sleepiness and arousal on driving performance. Previous projects have examined

  • the influence of sunlight on circadian rhythms
  • the benefits of brief naps for shiftworkers
  • exposure to sleepiness while driving in young adults
  • impact of shift schedules on fatigue in mining
  • the interaction between sleepiness and experience in hazard perception.

To further his research agenda, Dr Smith has extensive research connections with clinical staff based at major teaching hosptials in Brisbane and with the University of Melbourne Sleep Laboratory.  He has cross-discplinary research links with Archicture, Vision Science, Pharmacy, and Human Movements.

A selection of journal articles by Dr Smith can be found under Publications.  For a full list of publications by Dr Smith, email: simon.smith@qut.edu.au.  Dr Smiths list of publications includes

  • 5 papers in journals rated A* in the 2010 Exellence in Research Australia journal rankings, with a further 12 in A ranked journals.
  • 8 papers in journals with International Science Index (ISI) impact factors > 3 
  • 8 papers in journals the No,1 rank position of their ISI category
  • Over 200 citations in similarly high ranking journals (no self-citations).

In addition to these papers, Dr Smith has:

  • > 30 peer-reviewed conference abstracts published in international journals. These presentations include invited presentations to SLEEP (the peak international sleep research scientific meeting).
  • 2 book chapters, including most recently, an invited chapter on sleep in older adults as part of an international collaboration, published by Oxford University Press. 

Dr Smith has successfully supervised PhD students, Master’s Research students, and more than 20 Honours Psychology students to completion.  Several of these student projects have recently won awards or scholarships.

For a full CV, please contact Dr Smith: simon.smith@qut.edu.au

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith.

Teaching

Dr Smith has co-ordinated and taught into advanced level undergraduate, fourth year,  and post-graduate psychology subjects. He currently provides guest lectures for undergraduate psychology students.

 

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith.

Experience

Relevant Non-Academic Qualifications including Technical Skills and Training

In addition, to academic qualifications (see personal details), Smith has

  • 3 years of professional experience as senior medical scientist in sleep clinics (Qld & Vic)
  • 3 years of professional experience as a senior clinical neuropsychologist, employed in both public and private practice (Qld & Vic). 

Smith has training and experience in the use of a wide range of physiological and psychometric measures including:

  • Actigraphy (see Zele, Feigl, Smith, & Markwell, 2011)
  • PSG (EEG, EMG, ECG, EOG; see Olsen, Smith, Oei & Douglas, 2008)
  • Cardiac impedance and heart-rate variability measures (see Trinder et al. 2001)
  • Core body temperature and melatonin assay methods (see Smith & Trinder,  2005)
  • Reaction-time
  • Driving hazard perception (see Sullivan, Smith et al, 2011)
  • Cognitive assessment (see Humphreys, Smith et al., 2009);
  • and, in animals, anaesthesia and microneurosurgery, cell cluster recording and histology (see Irvine, Rajan & Smith, 2003).
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Early Career Researcher Award, 2008
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Early Career Researcher Award, 2009
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Mid-Career Research Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Smith's PhD research attracted two Australasian Sleep Association prizes (new investigator category & student presenter bursary)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Inaugural 'Scholar in residence' and Melbourne IT Prize for research commercialisation in 2001. University of Melbourne Faculty of Engineering prize for technology innovation.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2011
Details
This appointment supports a sleep research collaboration (with Dr Lisa Nissen) and co-supervision of 2 PhD students.