Dr. Nicola Barclay, PhD, is Lecturer in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford. Prior to this appointment, Nicola was Associate Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. In 2011, Nicola completed her PhD at Goldsmiths, focussing on Quantitative and Molecular Genetic Approaches to Understanding Sleep Quality and Diurnal Preference, supervised by Prof. Alice Gregory and funded by the ESRC.
Nicola specialises in the genetic and neurobiological basis of sleep and circadian rhythms, with particular interests in insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and physiological and behavioural effects of sleep deprivation. She has recently started work investigating the role of sleep in attentional processes and the development of second language. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to a number of handbooks on sleep since 2009.