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I completed an honours degree in psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2008. Later that year I began studying for my Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Colin Espie. I was awarded a Ph.D. in psychological medicine in 2012. My research focused on defining phenotypical vulnerability to insomnia, investigating the interaction between personality, coping style and physiological response to stress (cortisol, fMRI, heart-rate).

Christopher-James Harvey


Departmental Lecturer

Current Role

 I have recently developed and currently lecturer on The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine. This is an online, post-graduate course aimed at health-care professionals who wish to further their understanding of sleep, sleep disorders and treatments. The course is currently accepting applications for the next academic year. Visit the website for more information or contact the team here .

I also oversee in the 'Teensleep' project. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Fund. We are investigating the effect of a sleep-focused education intervention on sleep and health outcomes in adolescents.

Educational Resources: What Makes Us Tick?

To find out more about the science behind the animation visit

Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine