Professor Shantha Rajaratnam

Prof shantha R 200x267_saliva symposium brisbane 2016Director – Research Translation (Industry Engagement)
Deputy Head – Monash School of Psychological Sciences Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences

Program Leader –  CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity


Professor Shantha Rajaratnam is Deputy Head of the Monash School of Psychological Sciences, Leader of the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory at Monash and Chair of the Monash Sleep Network, which combines scientific and clinical expertise in sleep research within Monash University and its affiliated hospitals. He is dual trained in Psychology and Law.  He has more than 20 years of experience in studying circadian biology and medicine, in particular the circadian regulation of sleep-wakefulness. His postdoctoral training was from the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, UK and Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA. He is a registered psychologist, Chartered Psychologist in the UK and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is Immediate Past President of Australasian Sleep Association and is a member of the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group.

His research interests include the influence of the circadian timing system on sleep and health; effects of melatonin and melatonin agonists on sleep and circadian rhythms; effects of light on the human circadian system; development of evidence-based alertness management programs for shift workers; health and neurocognitive consequences of sleep loss and sleep disruption; and legal issues relating to sleep loss and impaired alertness. He has over 70 publications including original reports in leading medical journals such as Lancet and JAMA.