Dr Jackson’s research explores the consequences of sleep disturbance and shift work on cognition, mood and neural function.
Cognitive psychology and behavioural neuroscience; chronic fatigue syndrome; depression; neuropsychology; sleep; sleep disorders; obstructive sleep apnoea; chronobiology.
What are the consequences of sleep loss on cognition and neural function? What are the mechanisms underlying the link between sleep disturbance and depression?
Melinda is a National Health and Medical Research Council Peter Doherty Research Fellow in the psychology discipline, and is a registered psychologist, specialising in sleep disorders. She undertook postdoctoral training at Washington State University's Sleep and Performance Research Center from 2009 - 2011 and on returning to Australia has held various academic positions.
She is the co-chair of the Chronobiology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Sleep Association and Treasurer of the Australasian Chronobiology Society.
Melinda was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship in 2014 and is aligned with the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.