Emeritus Professor Leon Lack

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

+61 8 82012391
place Education Building (340)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
B.A. (Stanford), Ph.D. (Adelaide)
Research interests

My research interests are in sleep, circadian rhythms, bright light therapy, and treatments for insomnia.  Recent research projects include insomniacs' perception of sleep, evaluating a new behavioural treatment for sleep onset insomnia and exploring the recuperative effects of brief naps.  We have developed a new portable light device in conjunction with Flinders Partners for administration of bright light therapy.

Topic coordinator
PSYC3010 Psychobiology of Sleep and Cognition
Supervisory interests
Bright light therapy
Circadian rhythms, sleep and insomnia
Non-drug treatment for insomnia
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: circadian rhythm disorders (1), Insomnia phenotyping (1), co-morbid insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (1)
Associate supervisor: Spatial memory (1), adolescent insomnia (2)
Principal supervisor: Napping Benefits (1), Sleep and body temperature (1), Intensive Sleep Re-training treatment for insomnia (1), Cognitive/behavioural therapy for insomnia (1), sleep/wake perception (1), insomnia (1), olfaction (1), Re-timing circadian rhythms with light (1)
Associate supervisor: adolescent sleep (1), measures of sleepiness (1)
Expert for media contact
Biological Rhythms
Sleep Disorders
Brain and Behaviour
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Media expertise
  • Biological Rhythms
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Brain and Behaviour

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