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Dr Melinda Jackson is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. She is a registered Psychologist, specialising in the treatment of sleep disorders. Dr Jackson is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health. The main focus of her research is to explore the impact of sleep loss and sleep disorders on components of cognition, mood and brain health. Through this research she aims to demonstrate the positive impact of treating sleep disorders and improving overall sleep health on cognition and wellbeing.       

Monash teaching commitment

PSY3120 Introduction to Counselling

Research interests

- memory impairment and neurodegeneration in obstructive sleep apnoea

- mild cognitive impairment and sleep

- impact of sleep loss on emotional processing and memory 

- clinical trials

- mindfulness interventions for insomnia and sleep disturbance


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Neuropsychology, PhD, The effects of sleep deprivation on driving, cognition and brain activity in professional drivers, Swinburne University of Technology

Award Date: 28 Aug 2009

Psychology/ Psychophysiology, BAppSci, Swinburne University of Technology

Award Date: 31 Dec 2002

External positions

Fellow, Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS)

1 Sept 2011 → …

Research area keywords

  • Sleep and sleep disorders
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neuroimaging

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