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Biography

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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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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Projects 2016 2024

Research Output 1994 2019

A scalable cognitive behavioural program to promote healthy sleep during pregnancy and postpartum periods: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial (the SEED project)

Bei, B., Pinnington, D. M., Shen, L., Blumfield, M., Drummond, S. P. A., Newman, L. K. & Manber, R., 22 Jul 2019, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 19, 1, 9 p., 254.

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Network-based Responses to the Psychomotor Vigilance Task during Lapses in Adolescents after Short and Extended Sleep

DiFrancesco, M. W., Van Dyk, T., Altaye, M., Drummond, S. P. A. & Beebe, D. W., 26 Sep 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 13 p., 13913.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Partner-assisted cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia versus cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia: A randomised controlled trial

Mellor, A., Hamill, K., Jenkins, M. M., Baucom, D. H., Norton, P. J. & Drummond, S. P. A., 8 May 2019, In : Trials. 20, 1, 12 p., 262.

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Piloting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Integrated With Prolonged Exposure

Colvonen, P. J., Drummond, S. P. A., Angkaw, A. C. & Norman, S. B., Jan 2019, In : Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 11, 1, p. 107-113 7 p.

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Press / Media

CREATORS: 'Immersive Installation Explores Sleep Culture and Insomnia'

Matthew Bird, Marcus McMahon, Shanthakumar Rajaratnam, Sean Drummond, Caitlyn Parry, J David Franke & Phillip Adams

7/07/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review

ART ALMANAC: 'Matthew Bird: Dormitorium'

Matthew Bird, Marcus McMahon, Shanthakumar Rajaratnam, Sean Drummond, Caitlyn Parry, J David Franke & Phillip Adams

10/06/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review

SMH: 'Trouble sleeping? Designers might have the answer (here's a clue: lose the blue)'

Matthew Bird, Marcus McMahon, Shanthakumar Rajaratnam, Sean Drummond, Caitlyn Parry, J David Franke & Phillip Adams

28/03/17

1 item of Media coverage

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ABC RADIO NATIONAL: 'An invitation to sleep'

Matthew Bird, Marcus McMahon, Shanthakumar Rajaratnam, Sean Drummond, Caitlyn Parry, J David Franke & Phillip Adams

20/03/17

1 item of Media coverage

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ARTSHUB: 'An exhibition that wants to send you to sleep'

Matthew Bird, Marcus McMahon, Shanthakumar Rajaratnam, Sean Drummond, Caitlyn Parry, J David Franke & Phillip Adams

14/03/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review