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Dr. Drummond first became fascinated with sleep research when he volunteered as an undergraduate research assistant in the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Arizona under the direction of Richard Bootzin, PhD and Michael Perlis, PhD (then a graduate student). After college, he worked with Sarah Mosko, PhD at UC Irvine Medical Center investigating mother-infant co-sleeping. For graduate school, he attended the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology where he worked with J. Christian Gillin, MD. He completed his Pre-doctoral Internship at the Tucson VA hospital and then returned to the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Gregory G. Brown PhD. He served on the UCSD Department of Psychiatry faculty from 2002-2014, and as a Staff Psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System from 2005-2014. Dr. Drummond joined the Monash School of Psychological Sciences as a Professor of Clinical Neuroscience in Dec 2014.  He currently also serves as the Director of the Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Theme within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.

Dr. Drummond has three main arms to his program of research: 1) cognitive neuroscience of sleep and sleep deprivation; 2) treatment of insomnia, especially in comorbid psychopathology; and 3) translational research examining the mechanistic role sleep plays in PTSD and mood disorders. With respect to cognitive neuroscience, his studies manipulate sleep deprivation in healthy adults and measure the consequent cognitive and cerebral changes through behavioral and cognitive testing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), and EEG. His work also includes healthy older adults and clinical populations such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. He is interested in a number of cognitive performance domains, particularly decision making, attention, executive function (broadly defined) and learning/memory. Dr. Drummond's clinical research focuses on the treatment of insomnia in various contexts. His translational research examines the interaction of sleep, sleep disruption, and psychiatric symptoms. In particular, he is interested in understanding the mechanistic role sleep plays in development, maintenance, and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and mood disorders. His research has been funded by several sources, including the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, and industry. Dr Drummond's clinical expertise lies in treating behavioral sleep disorders, such as insomnia and chronic nightmares, as well as mood disorders such as depression and bipolar.


Community Service:

Immediate Past President of the Sleep Research Society (sleepresearchsociety.org)

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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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep
  • behavioural
  • cognition
  • decision making
  • functional MRI
  • insomnia
  • mood disorders
  • sleep deprivation
  • sleep medicine

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