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Dr. Michele Lastella

B.Psyc: B.Psyc (Hons); PhD
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
Adelaide - 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA 5034
About Me

Dr Lastella is a sleep researcher at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science at CQUniversity Adelaide. His primary area of expertise is sleep, recovery, sexual activity, sport psychology, Esports and athletic performance. Michele has taught various psychology courses including Research Methods, Personality and Applied Sports Psychology. He has published over 30 peer reviewed publications, currently supervisors 6 RHD students and has presented at numerous domestic and international conferences. Being a former elite athlete Dr Lastella brings experience from both an athlete and researcher perspective. He continues to work with several professional sporting organisations.

Research Supervision

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in the following

Sport, Sport Psychology, Athletic Performance, eSports

Sleep Behaviour, Chronotype, Circadian Rhythm

Sexual Behaviours, Sexting, Relationships

Psychology in general


Professional Employment

Senior Lecturer, Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science (2019 – present)

Course Coordinator – Applied Sports Psychology

Course Coordinator - Personality

Lecturer, Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science (2016 – 2018)

Course Coordinator – Applied Sports Psychology

Mid-Year Honours Coordinator

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science (2016-2017)

Research Methods, Course Coordinator, CQUniversity (October 2014 – 2017)

Social Foundations of Psychology, Course Coordinator, CQUniversity (October 2013 - 2016)

Research Officer, Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, CQUniversity (2015)

Psychology 1B, Course Coordinator, South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (October 2013 – 2015)

Counselling Theories, Australian College of Applied Psychology (2015)

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology (2015)

Universities Studied At

University of South Australia    

University of the Sunshine Coast

Central Queensland University

Universities Worked At

University of South Australia

Central Queensland University

Australian College of Applied Psychology

South Australian Business Institute of Technology


CQUniCares Almuni Development Fund ($1,000) - 2019

Accelerate Program (Central Queensland University) - 2018

Early Career Research Program (Central Queensland University) - 2017

National 5 Minute Research Pitch – Runner Up ($750) - 2017

5 Minute Research Pitch – Winner ($1000) - 2017

Australian Post-graduate Award ($84,000) – 2011-2014

Media Citations

National Youth Sports Institute Research Bytes – Sleep in Elite Athletes – Jan 2018

The Goodnightco. Sex as Sleep Therapy - February 2017

ABC Radio (Pat Hessen) & (Stacey Lymbery): Sex and Sleep – February 2017

Sydney Talk Radio 2GB (The Chris Smith Afternoon Show): Can sex be used as sleep therapy? – Nov 2016

SBS Life (Shannon McKeogh): Sex or Sleep: Which is better for you? – February 2017

Daily Mail (Australia): Could more SEX be the key to better sleep? Expert says getting intimate with your partner each night leads to higher quality rest - March 2017

The Telegraph (United Kingdom): The surprising health benefits of having more sex - March 2017

Professional Memberships

Member - Australian Psychological Society

Member of the European College of Sports Sciences (

Member of the Australasian Sleep Association (

Member of the Australasian Chronobiology Society (

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
  • 1701 Psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Sport and Exercise Psychology

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