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Dr. Grace Vincent

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
Appleton Institute: 44 Greenhill Road Wayville SA 5034
Adelaide Campus
About Me

On average, we spend 25 years of our life asleep. You would think with that much practice we would all be excellent sleepers! Instead, we are in the midst of a sleep-deprivation crisis. In today’s fast-paced, digitally-connected world, a good night’s sleep is more elusive than ever before.

As a Research Fellow at CQUniversity’s Appleton Institute, Dr Vincent investigates how to improve sleep in our communities. She particularly focuses on workers in high-risk industries, many of whom are shiftworkers – firefighters, doctors, nurses, miners. Her research directly informs workplace policies with the goal of creating a healthier and safer, shiftwork workforce.

Grace also has many other research interests and has collaborated on projects with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including: Exercise and Sports Science, Human Factors, Psychology, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Podiatry, Health Economics and Allied Health.

Grace was awarded her PhD from Deakin University (2016) and completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Auckland University (2011). She has over 60 publications and more than $1 million in research funding. Grace is a South Australian Tall Poppy (2020), winner of the National 5-Minute Research Pitch Competition (2018) and received the CQUniversity Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Early Career Research (2019).

Grace is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM and enjoys mentoring the STEM leaders of tomorrow. Her scientific outreach includes public talks, laboratory tours, and numerous media engagements – all with aim of promoting a good night’s sleep.

A full list of her research publications can be viewed here:

Research Supervision Philosophy

I have a student-focused approach to my RHD (Honours, Masters, PhD) supervision activities which aligns with CQUniversity’s goal of delivering innovative, student-centered education. Specifically, I aim to align the candidate’s career aspirations with their research activities (e.g., opportunities to publish, review journal articles). I manage students’ project milestones via weekly meetings (Masters and PhD) or fortnightly (Honours) with progress routinely evaluated.

I have previously or currently supervise programs of research for 1 post-doctoral research fellow and 8 PhD students (1 on-time completion, current: 4 principal supervisor, 3 associate supervisor). I have also supervised 17 Honours students (15 First Class, 4 accepted in PhD programs, 3 accepted into national Clinical Master of Psychology programs). Students under my supervision have published journal articles (30), are recipients of PhD scholarships (4), been awarded Summer Research scholarships (5), travel awards (3), presented at national and international conferences (17 presentations), are a CI on a successful grant (1) and placed in 3-min thesis competitions (3).

I prefer to supervise students in team-based environments, and therefore supervise all my students with at least one other colleague. We have the ability to supervise students in Adelaide (where we are based) or by distance (elsewhere in Australia). If you are a student and have aspirations to do Honours, Masters, PhD or would like some research experience, please do not hesitate to get in contact to have a chat. We have a range of projects available, and can also work with you to develop new projects within our areas of expertise.

Recent Research Projects
Understanding the iterations between sleep and physical activity in workplaces to optimise health and safety - ECR
From: 25/11/2019 to 31/12/2021
Grant: Award - Internal (Internal Grant)
Funding Scheme: VC's Award - CQUniversity Awards for Outstanding Researchers 2019
Total Funding: $5,000.00
DP190101130 - Sleepy and sitting: a dual curse for the modern workforce?
From: 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2022
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 1: Aust Competitive Grant)
Funding Scheme: ARC Discovery Projects (DP19) for funding commencing 2019
Total Funding: $626,825.00
Fighting fires and fatigue: piloting a sleep hygiene intervention for firefighters
From: 31/10/2018 to 31/12/2021
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Australasian Sleep Association - Rob Pierce Grant in Aid
Total Funding: $10,000.00
Understanding and helping the sleep deficits of Australian carers
From: 05/12/2019 to 30/06/2020
Grant: Non-Gov Tender (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Sleep Health Foundation through Carers Australia
Total Funding: $20,000.00
Reducing Sleep Disruption in Carers
From: 01/01/2019 to 30/06/2019
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: Carers Australia
Total Funding: $20,000.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4206 Public health
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5299 Other psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available 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
Shaping-up shift worker shut-eye: developing and trialling interventions for healthy sleep practices in shift workers
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Exploring the relationship between circadian variability and breaking up sitting on fatigue and cognitive performance during the nightshift.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Does physical activity during the day improve driving performance during the commute home?
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Examining the effectiveness of interventions for healthy sleep habits
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Habit Formation and Adaptive Dynamic Behaviour Change Interventions
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Gambling, extended wakefulness and alcohol consumption: A losing combination?
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology - Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)

Medical And Health Sciences

Human Movement and Sports Science - Exercise Physiology

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)

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