Melinda Jackson


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Dr Melinda Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, 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 in obstructive sleep apnoea

- mild cognitive impairment and sleep

- neurodegeneration in obstructive sleep apnoea

- impact of sleep loss on emotional processing and memory 

- mental health in shiftworkers

- treatment of sleep disorders to improve mental health outcomes

- ocular biomarkers of drowsiness

- mindfulness interventions for insomnia and sleep disturbance

- gut microbiome, sleep and circadian rhythms

Education/Academic qualification

Neuropsychology, PhD, Swinburne University of Technology

Psychology/ Psychophysiology, BAppSci, Swinburne University of Technology

External positions

Fellow, Institute for Breathing and Sleep

1 Sep 2011 → …


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

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Research Output 2007 2019

A Cluster Analysis of Sleep Quality, Self-Care Behaviors, and Mental Health Risk in Australian University Students

Di Benedetto, M., Towt, C. J. & Jackson, M. L., 1 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Autobiographical Memory from Different Life Stages in Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Delhikar, N., Sommers, L., Rayner, G., Schembri, R., Robinson, S. R., Wilson, S. & Jackson, M. L., Mar 2019, In : Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 25, 3, p. 266-274 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Clinical depression in untreated obstructive sleep apnea: examining predictors and a meta-analysis of prevalence rates

Jackson, M. L., Tolson, J., Bartlett, D., Berlowitz, D. J., Varma, P. & Barnes, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Sleep Medicine. 62, p. 22-28 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cross-sectional examination of gender differences in depression and anxiety symptoms in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Jackson, M. L., Muruganandan, S., Churchward, T., Tolson, J. & Worsnop, C., 18 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dreaming of the good old days: sleep in older adults

Varma, P., Jackson, M. L. & Meaklim, H., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 49, 3, p. 209-211 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Press / Media

Sleep in older Australian's

Melinda Jackson


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Sleep Apnoea linked to high rates of clinical depression and antidepressant use

Melinda Jackson


2 items of media coverage

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Sleep apnoea and memory

Melinda Jackson


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Sleep apnoea and clinical depression

Melinda Jackson


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Sleep apnea and autobiographical memory

Melinda Jackson


4 items of media coverage

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