Since completing my PhD in August 2006, I have been involved in two major areas of research (i) field-based studies examining the sleep/wake behaviour of elite athletes, and (ii) laboratory-based studies examining the relative impacts of sleep, wake and body clock on sleep, performance and health.
Working closely with the Australian Institute of Sport, my research in the field has shown that that elite athletes obtain substantially less sleep on average (e.g. 6.4h/day) than the generally accepted target of 8h/day. It is likely that this level of sleep loss (e.g. 1.6h/day) would have acute and chronic effects on the performance and wellbeing of these athletes.
My research in time-isolation accommodation suites has shown that the circadian system’s strong influence on sleep/wake patterns is substantially weakened under conditions of chronic sleep restriction.
A snapshot of my research career:
I am a member of the sleep and circadian rhythms research group led by Associate Professor Greg Roach at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science.
I have been a Chief Investigator on team-based grants worth $1.6 million, including three nationally competitive grants – for one of which I was awarded an ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Industry (2009-2012). In addition, I have been the leading Chief Investigator on three UniSA Divisional Research Grants worth $43,000 (2008, 2009, 2010), one CQUniversity Merit Grant worth $50,000 (2013-2014), and a Chief Investigator on two Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation grants worth $590,000 (2009-2010).
I have conducted research with peak sporting organisations including: Australian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, Hockey Australia, Cycling Australia, FIFA, Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Teams (2008, 2010, 2012), AFL, Super Rugby
I have published more than 45 refereed journal articles and conference papers.
I have an h-index of 9 (Scopus).
79% of my articles have been published in journals ranked in the top quartile of their respective fields (based on ISI impact factor).