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Dr. Jessica Paterson

BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin), PhD Psychology, MAPS
Senior Lecturer - Psychology, Clinical Psychology Registrar
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
Wayville SA 5034 - 44 Greenhill Road
(08) 8378 4519
About Me

I work with a range of different populations looking at the relationship between sleep and mental health, but I am particularly interested in the relationship between sleep history, trauma, and psychopathology. I specialise in mixed-methods research and data collection in field environments.

I am the Unit Coordinator for Thesis I (PSYC22003) and Thesis II (PSYC22004) in the Masters of Clinical Psychology program, and the Unit Coordinator for Psychopathology and Formulation II (PSYC20060) in the Masters of Professional Psychology program. 

I am available to supervise research students, particularly in the area of sleep, fatigue and mental health.


I completed an Honours degree in Psychology in 2006 and a PhD in Psychology in 2010, both at the Centre for Sleep Research at UniSA, with part of my PhD being completed at the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Cornell University in New York.

After competing my PhD I commenced a fellowship with the Rail CRC investigating fatigue and workload in Australian rail safety workers. In 2012, I moved to CQUniversity and took up a teaching and research appointment at the Appleton Institute. I currently work in this position as a Senior Lecturer, lecturing in the area of adult psychopathology and conducting research concerning sleep, fatigue, and mental health.

I recently also completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree and work in clinical practice one day per week.

Professional Memberships

Working Time Society

Australasian Sleep Association

European Sleep Research Society

Consultancy Work

I have been engaged as a consultant for the following businesses. In these consulting roles I typically provide expert advice about fatigue risk management in the workplace, particularly roster design and the design, implementation and assessment of fatigue risk management system:

SCT Logistics
NSW Ambulance
Amcor Packaging
Citic Pacific
Rio Tinto
Queensland Department of Justice
Port Hedland Pilots

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1701 Psychology

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Industrial and Organisational Psychology

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