Dr Michele Lastella Psychology and Public Health / School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences

Lecturer

B.Psyc: B.Psyc (Hons); PhD

Contact Details

Email: m.lastella@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (08) 8378 4536 - Ext: 54536

Office Location

44 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA 5034

About Me

Background
I completed an Honours degree in Psychology in 2009 at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a PhD in Psychology in 2015 at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences. During this time i have taught various psychology courses and been active in my research area of sleep research. My research interests involves examining the sleep/wake behaviours of elite athletes and how various stressors may impact their psychological state and performance. In 2016, i took up a full-time teaching and research position at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science. I currently work in this position teaching Applied Sports Psychology and continue conducting research in the area of pre-sleep behaviours, sleep, mood, performance.
Journal article

Thornton, H. R., Miller, J., Taylor, L., Sargent, C., Lastella, M., & Fowler, P. M. (2018). Impact of short- compared to long-haul international travel on the sleep and wellbeing of national wheelchair basketball athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(13), 1476-1484. doi:10.1080/02640414.2017.1398883

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Lastella, M., Roach, G. D., Miller, D. J., Versey, N., Romyn, G., & Sargent, C. (2018). Athletes underestimate sleep quantity during daytime nap opportunities. Chronobiology International, 35(6), 869-871. doi:10.1080/07420528.2018.1466787

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Vincent, G. E., Jay, S. M., Sargent, C., Kovac, K., Lastella, M., Vandelanotte, C., . . . Ferguson, S. A. (2018). Does breaking up prolonged sitting when sleep restricted affect postprandial glucose responses and subsequent sleep architecture? - A pilot study. Chronobiology International, 821-826. doi:10.1080/07420528.2018.1466789

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Sargent, C., Lastella, M., Romyn, G., Versey, N., Miller, D. J., & Roach, G. D. (2018). How well does a commercially available wearable device measure sleep in young athletes?. Chronobiology International, 35(6), 754-758. doi:10.1080/07420528.2018.1466800

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Lastella, M., Vincent, G. E., Duffield, R., Roach, G. D., Halson, S. L., Heales, L. J., & Sargent, C. (2018). Can sleep be used as an indicator of overreaching and overtraining in athletes?. Frontiers in Physiology, 9(April 2018), 1-4. doi:10.3389/fphys.2018.00436

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Lastella, M., Vincent, G. E., Duffield, R., Roach, G. D., Halson, S. L., Heales, L. J., & Sargent, C. (2018). Can Sleep Be Used as an Indicator of Overreaching and Overtraining in Athletes?. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 1-4. Retrieved from https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2018.00436/full

Scanlan, A. T., Fox, J. L., Poole, J. L., Conte, D., Milanović, Z., Lastella, M., & Dalbo, V. J. (2018). A comparison of traditional and modified Summated-Heart-Rate-Zones models to measure internal training load in basketball players. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 1-7. doi:10.1080/1091367X.2018.1445089

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Lastella, M., Roach, G. D., Halson, S. L., Gore, C. J., Garvican-Lewis, L. A., & Sargent, C. (2017). Sleep at the helm: A case study of how a head coach sleeps compared to his team. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12(6), 782-789. doi:10.1177/1747954117738882

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Miller, D. J., Sargent, C., Vincent, G. E., Roach, G. D., Halson, S. L., & Lastella, M. (2017). Sleep/wake behaviours in elite athletes from three different football codes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 16(4), 604-605. Retrieved from https://www.jssm.org/hf.php?id=jssm-16-604.xml

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Halson, S. L., & Lastella, M. (2017). Amazing athletes with ordinary habits: Why is changing behavior so difficult?. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(10), 1273-1274. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2017-0632

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Lastella, M., Browne, M., & Sargent, C. (2017). Using electronic devices in bed after lights out reduces sleep duration and quality. Journal of Sleep Research, 26(suppl. 1), 14-15. doi:10.1111/jsr.24_12618

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Heales, L. J., Lastella, M., Coombes, B. K., & Vicenzino, B. (2017). Stretching the evidence behind tennis elbow: mobile app user guide. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 1-2. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-098093

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Romyn, G., Lastella, M., Miller, D., Versey, N. G., Roach, G. D., & Sargent, C. (2017). Sprint ability and reaction time following a 2-hour nap in soccer players. Sleep, 40(S1), A71. doi:10.1093/sleepj/zsx050.192

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Lastella, A., Roach, G. D., Halson, S. L., & Sargent, C. (2016). The chronotype of elite athletes. Journal of Human Kinetics, 54(1), 219-225. doi:10.1515/hukin-2016-0049

Lastella, A., Roach, G. D., & Sargent, C. (2016). Waking up in the zone with sleep cycle. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(22), 1419-1420. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096473

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Lastella, M., Roach, G., Halson, S., Martin, D., West, N., & Sargent, C. (2015). Sleep/wake behaviour of endurance cyclists before and during competition. Journal of sports sciences., 33(3), 293-299. doi:10.1080/02640414.2014.942690

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Lastella, M., Roach, G., Halson, S., & Sargent, C. (2015). Sleep/wake behaviours of elite athletes from individual and team sports. European journal of sport science., 15(2), 94-100. doi:10.1080/17461391.2014.932016

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Lastella, M., Roach, G., Halson, S., Martin, D., West, N., & Sargent, C. (2015). The impact of a simulated grand tour on sleep, mood, and well-being of competitive cyclists. Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness., 55(12), 1555-1564. Retrieved from http://www.minervamedica.it/

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Sargent, C., Lastella, M., Halson, S., & Roach, G. (2016). The validity of activity monitors for measuring sleep in elite athletes. Journal of science and medicine in sport., (2015), 848-853. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.12.007

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Lastella, M., Lovell, G., & Sargent, C. (2014). Athletes' precompetitive sleep behaviour and its relationship with subsequent precompetitive mood and performance. European journal of sport science., 14(S1), 123-130. doi:10.1080/17461391.2012.660505

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Halson, S., Bartram, J., West, N., Stephens, J., Argus, C., Driller, M., . . . Martin, D. (2014). Does hydrotherapy help or hinder adaptation to training in competitive cyclists?. Medicine and science in sports and exercise., 46(8), 1631-1639. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000000268

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Lastella, M., Roach, G., Halson, S., Gore, C., Garvican-Lewis, L., & Sargent, C. (2014). The effects of transmeridian travel and altitude on sleep : preparation for football competition. Journal of sports science and medicine., 13, 718-720. Retrieved from http://www.jssm.org/letter.php?id=jssm-13-718.xml

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Sargent, C., Lastella, M., Halson, S., & Roach, G. (2014). The impact of training schedules on the sleep and fatigue of elite athletes. Chronobiology international., 31(10), 1160-1168. doi:10.3109/07420528.2014.957306

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Thesis / Dissertation

Lastella, M. (2015). The impact of stressors on the sleep of elite athletes. (PhD Thesis, Central Queensland University).

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Conference paper

Forndran, A., Lastella, M., Roach, G., Halson, S., & Sargent, C. (2012). Training schedules in elite swimmers : no time to rest?. In Sleep of different populations (pp. 6-10). Adelaide, Australia: Australasian Chronobiology Society.

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Lastella, M., Roach, G., Teng, E., Mattey, E., Halson, S., & Sargent, C. (2011). Sleeping to a schedule : does chronotype play a part?. In Australasian Chronobiology Society 8th Annual Meeting : Little Clock, Big Clock: Molecular to Physiological Clocks, 17 September 2011, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. (pp. 1-4). Adelaide, SA: Australasian Chronobiology Society. Retrieved from http://www.australasianchronobiology.org/acspapers.html

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Teng, E., Lastella, M., Roach, G., & Sargent, C. (2011). The effect of training load on sleep quality and sleep perception in elite male cyclists. In Australasian Chronobiology Society 8th Annual Meeting : Little Clock, Big Clock: Molecular to Physiological Clocks, 17 September 2011, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. (pp. 5-10). Adelaide, SA: Australasian Chronobiology Society. Retrieved from http://www.australasianchronobiology.org/acspapers.html

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