• Professor Simon Smith
  • Chief Investigator
  • University of Queensland

Professor Simon Smith is a psychologist and recognised expert in sleep and the developing brain. Simon’s primary interest is to understand the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in a healthy, safe, and productive life, with a current focus on the early years of life. Simon’s work will aim to grow understanding of young children’s sleep and its connections with screen use and interactions with activity, wellbeing, and stress.

Simon currently leads the Sleep and Health Group in the Institute for Social Science Research (UQ). He has worked extensively in research and clinical settings as a psychologist and sleep scientist. Simon is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with endorsed practice in Clinical Neuropsychology, and a Fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). In 2020, Simon co-authored a chapter on digital media and sleep in children in the The Routledge companion to Digital Media and Children.

Earliest digital memory
Watching with awe a first-generation version of Pong, and later getting a Pulsar calculator digital watch.