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Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University

After receiving a BA from Stanford University and PhD from the University of Adelaide Dr. Lack has been teaching and conducting research in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, and insomnia at the School of Psychology, Flinders University since 1972. He has received 15 large ARC and NHMRC research grants, published over 140 refereed articles and book chapters, and given over 27 invited keynote lectures to national and international conferences and 300 conference papers in the sleep area. He has had considerable clinical involvement since 1992 in the design and management of the non-drug insomnia treatment program at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Repatriation General Hospital, S.A. He presents his research and clinical experience frequently to health professionals (medical practitioners, psychologists, pharmacists) and to the general public in the media. He has integrated his teaching, research, clinical practice, public education roles, and commercial developments in an attempt to alleviate the problem of insomnia in our society.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, Flinders University


  • 1972 
    University of Adelaide, PhD/Psychology
  • 1965 
    Stanford University, California, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)


2016 Distinguished Achievement Award, Australasian Sleep Association. 1993 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University.