Professor Kurt Lushington
Kurt is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Professor in the Justice and Society Unit of the University of South Australia and affiliated with the Centre for Brain, Body and Behaviour and Centre for Workplace Excellence. Kurt is interested in the psychophysiology of sleep and, as well, healthy ageing. His clinical speciality is sleep medicine, both applied and theoretical. He is a member of the Australian Sleep Association sub-committee for Behavioural Management of Sleep Disorders, and a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, World Sleep Association and Sleep Research Society. Kurt is currently working on projects examining the impact of sleep disruption on daytime functioning and pathophysiology in children with sleep disordered breathing and working with industry groups examining the impact of fatigue on workplace performance. He is also leading cross-disciplinary teams looking at healthy ageing with projects examining financial capability, housing security, malnutrition and aged care and digital literacy.
Since beginning his academic career in 1996, Kurt has published 125 peer reviewed papers and 19 book chapters. Over the period 2012-2020, Kurt was the Head of School for the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and over the period 2005-2020 Head of the Discipline of Psychology at UniSA. During his tenure, Kurt was responsible for introducing new degree programs in cognitive neuroscience, ageing and disability and counselling. In 2012, Kurt and his team received the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching award: ‘For introducing work-integrated learning and enhancing student experiences and professional development into psychology undergraduate degrees through nationally-recognised curriculum renewal’. Under his leadership he had oversight of the rise in the discipline of psychology’s Excellence in Research Australia ratings from 2 (below world standard) to the maximum possible of 5 (well above world standard), placing the discipline in the top six in the country.