Senior Lecturer in Psychology, RMIT, RMIT University

I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University. This is a teaching and research position, with research accounting for 30% of my time. I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS), Austin Health, and a polysomnographic technologist.
I was a senior sleep technologist at the South Eastern Private Hospital Sleep Disordered Breathing Unit before receiving my PhD in sleep research in October 2000 from La Trobe University. From 1999-2001, I was an Associate Lecturer at LaTrobe University, School of Psychological Science. I joined Monash University in 2001 as a Lecturer and Coordinator of the Department’s Human Sleep Laboratory at the Monash Caulfield campus. In 2014, I joined the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University as coordinator of the schools sleep research laboratory.
My work has primarily focused on the importance of sleep in cognitive processes, learning and memory in adults. Namely, through interventions that either improve or disrupt sleep that result in altered cognitive outcomes. Examples include handwriting (e.g. Conduit, J Forensic Doc Exam 2009 208; 19:29), driving (e.g. Misa et al., Ergonomics Aust – HFESA 2011;11:39) overnight nicotine patches (Page et al Physiol Behav 2006;88:425), herbal preparations (e.g. Ngan & Conduit, Phytother Res 2011;25:1153), electrical brain stimulation (eg. Jakobson et al. J Sleep Res 2012;21:369) and environmental noise (e.g. Stuart & Conduit, Sleep 2009;32:399). My work has focused on deficits in sleep dependent learning in sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (e.g. Landry et al. J Clin Sleep Med 2014,10:491; Landry et al. J Clin Sleep Med 2016,12:681). Recently, I have developed a more applied clinical focus to my research, primarily aimed at the neuropathology and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer, RMIT University
  • 2002–2014
    Lecturer, Monash University

Education

  • 2000 
    La Trobe University, PhD/Psychology