Dr Kathleen Miles

PhD, BSpSt (Honours, First Class), BHumNutr
Lecturer of Human Nutrition
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Nutritional Science 321004
  • Exercise Physiology 420702
  • Sport And Exercise Nutrition 321006
  • Sports Science And Exercise 4207
  • Food Properties (Incl. Characteristics And Health Benefits) 321002

Research interests

Dr Miles’ research focuses on sleep and nutrition, and their connection with health outcomes, physical and cognitive performance, and mental health and wellbeing. She also has a particular interest in the link between the environment and health impacts. A more specific list of research interests is presented below:

  • Sleep monitoring and interventions 
  • Nutritional interventions for sleep
  • Women's sleep and health
  • Sleep and aging
  • Impact of climate change on sleep and wellbeing
  • Healthy housing in a changing climate


Dr Kathleen Miles is a researcher and teacher with a passion for learning and translating research into real world outcomes. Through her work and research experience, she has successfully completed a wide variety of collaborative projects, including in sleep physiology, exercise physiology, nutritional science, and behavioural psychophysiology.

Dr Miles graduated from the University of Canberra, Australia with a Bachelor of Sports Studies (Honours, First Class) in 2016. She then completed her PhD at the University of Canberra in 2021 examining and enhancing the sleep of female athletes. Outside of academia, Dr Miles has worked in industry roles, including time at the Australian Institute of Sport as a Senior Advisor for the Tokyo Heat Project in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Researcher's projects


  • Testing the validity of a single-use electrode for measuring sleep in well-trained and elite athletes
  • α-lactalbumin supplementation to improve sleep and performance recovery in well-trained athletes

Past student projects

  • The effect of α-lactalbumin consumption on sleep quality and quantity in female athletes
  • Nutritional interventions to improve sleep in athletes

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