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Dr. Jessica Paterson

BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin), PhD Psychology, MAPS
Senior Lecturer - Psychology, Clinical Psychologist
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, and supervise multiple PhD candidates in these areas. 


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 trauma, sleep, fatigue, and mental health

I am also a Clinical Psychologist and work in private practice. In this setting I work primarily with children, adolescents and young adults who have experienced single incident or complex trauma. 

Professional Memberships

Australian Psychological Society (APS)

APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
An investigation into the effectiveness of exercise as a sleep inertia countermeasure and an exploration of its application in emergency service workers.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Understanding the effects of secondary traumatic stress in partners of paramedics
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
The Tern program: development and evaluation of a person-centered trauma-informed care protocol for at risk young people.
Principal Supervisor
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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