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Grace Vincent

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Research Fellow
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
(08) 8378 4518
Appleton Institute - 1.7
Adelaide Campus
About Me

About Me

I am currently a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences in Adelaide, Australia. My research interests include sleep, physical activity, exercise, sport, and worker health and safety.I have established a highly engaged industry-focused program of research. All of my research is conducted with clear, meaningful outcomes that are directly applicable to working populations. In particular, my research has resulted in industry-specific knowledge about how working arrangements can influence sleep and physical activity in the emergency services, health care, construction, law-enforcement and telecommunications sectors. Therefore, my work not only contributes to the generation of new knowledge and has tangible outcomes for end-users but also has real public health relevance for thousands of people.

I completed my Honours degree in Exercise Science and Physiology in 2010 at the University of Auckland, and a PhD at Deakin University in 2015. My PhD research explored the interplay between firefighters’ sleep, physical activity, and physical task performance during multi-day bushfire suppression. I have experience conducting both laboratory and longitudinal field studies, in collaboration with a variety of industry partners in fire and emergency services, telecommunications, and healthcare. Across my research career I have been trained at leading national and international institutions. These include three world-leading sleep laboratories (Sleep and Performance Research Centre, Washington State University; The Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory, Monash University; Appleton Institute, CQUniversity) and the world’s best university (Academic Ranking of World Universities) for sports science (Deakin University).

Research Output:

Research Supervision Philosophy

I am a passionate teacher and strongly believe that important research is of little value if its lessons are not communicated. I have previously or currently supervise programs of research for 3 PhD, 8 honours, 5 summer scholarship students and 19 research assistants. Of my 7 completed honours students, all have been awarded first class honours. Three of my students (2 honours, 1 summer scholar) have received PhD scholarships and two students were accepted into highly competitive Clinical Masters Psychology programs. Students under my supervision have published scientific manuscripts (5), been awarded Summer Research scholarships (5), Finalist in the National 3-min Thesis Competition (1), Conference Travel Awards (2), and Commonwealth Scholarships (1).

My supervision philosophy is a student centred approach, with regular meetings and milestones. I supervise primarily with my colleagues, including, Professor Sally Ferguson, Dr Sarah Jay, Dr Michele Lastella, all world-class sleep experts. 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.


Professional Employment

2016–current Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Investigating the impact of ‘on-call’ work on sleep, stress, and next day performance, School of Human, Health and Social Sciences, Central Queensland University.

2015–current Associate Consultant and Research Analyst, Fatigue Management and Sleep Solutions Australia

2015–current Associate Consultant, Fatigue Management International

2015–2016 Postdoctoral researcher, “Investigating the effect of sleep deprivation with and without exercise on skeletal muscle health”, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University

2015–2016 Study Co-ordinator, “Monitoring alertness and driving performance during work commutes”, CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

20112015 Casual Research Assistant, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University

2014 Health Support Team, Country Fire Authority (casual – carbon monoxide testing of firefighters at Morwell open cut mine fire)

2011 Curriculum review and accreditation role (full-time for 2 months), The University of Auckland

2011 Tutor, Department of Physiology, The University of Auckland

2011 Tutor, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, The University of Auckland

2011 Exercise Physiologist, Steps for Life, Hunters Corner Medical Centre (~30 clients)



2018 5 Minute Research Pitch 2018 National Final Overall Winner, People’s Choice Award and Winner of Group 2 (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) $4,500.

2018 5 Minute Research Pitch, Winner of Group 2 (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), Central Queensland University $1,000.

2018 Publication Recognition Award for an academic level B achieving 5 or more published papers in the calendar year, Central Queensland University.

2017 Australasian Sleep Association Publication Award, AU$500, voted as one of the best published papers in the field of sleep research by an Australasian Sleep Association member from 1 Jan – 30 June 2017.

2017 Publication Recognition Award for an academic level B achieving 5 or more published papers in the calendar year, Central Queensland University.

2017 Physiological Society Travel Grant, Physiological Society, AU$1,127, to promote the advancement of physiology.

2016 Trainee Merit Award, Sleep Research Society, US$200, based on scientific merit of the abstract submitted, contribution and future promise in sleep research for presentation at SLEEP 2016, the 30th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, June 11-15, 2016 Denver, Colorado, USA.

2016 Nominated for the Safety Institute of Australia, Dr. Eric Wigglesworth OHS Education (Research) Award, for PhD for Doctoral Thesis.

2016 Nominated within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Deakin University) for the Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis. Awarded to four Deakin University students each year who produce the most outstanding theses.

2015 Neil Archbold Memorial Award and Medal, Deakin University, AU$3,000, The Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award and Medal is awarded each year to the two Deakin University research degree candidates who produce the best peer-reviewed journal articles.

2015 Working Time Society, Early Career Researcher Award, 2nd Prize, Oral Presentation, the 22nd International Symposium of Shift Work and Working Time.

2015 Working Time Society Travel Grant to attend the 22nd International Symposium of Shift Work and Working Time, AU$1,100.

2014 Sleep DownUnder 2014 Conference Best Poster Award, AU$500.

2014 Australasian Sleep Association’s Travel Grant Sleep DownUnder 2014 Conference, AU$400.

201215 Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA) scholarship, AU$23,728 per annum.

201215 Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre top-up scholarship, AU$10,000 per annum.

Previous teaching


Central Queensland University

2019 Course Co-ordinator, SPCH14008 Honours Research Practicum.

2018 Guest Lecturer, ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

Topics: Memory and Attention

2018 Guest Lecturer, PSYC 11009 Social Foundations of Psychology

Topics: Health, Stress and Coping.

2018 Guest Lecturer, PSYC 11011 Current Trends in Psychology

Topics: Sleep – the neglected third pillar of health.

2018 Guest Lecturer, PSYC 13025 Applied Sports Psychology

Topics: Recovery, Overtraining and Burnout.

Deakin University

2014–15 Trimester 2: Tutor and Demonstrator, HSE102: Functional Human Anatomy

The University of Auckland

2011 Guest Lecturer, Exercise Physiology, SPORTSCI 201 Exercise Physiology

Topics: Introduction to Cellular Metabolism

2011 Guest Lecturer, EXERCI 100G: Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Realities

Topics: Anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system

2010 Guest Lecturer, SPORTSCI 304 Sports Psychology

Topics: Additive and Unhealthy Behaviours

2011 Unit Co-ordinator and Tutor, SPORTSCI 101: Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science

2011 Tutor, SPORTSCI 103: Human Anatomy

2011 Tutor, SPORTSCI 303: Advanced Biomechanics

2011 Tutor, SPORTSCI 203: Introductory Biomechanics

2011 Tutor, MEDSCI 205: The Physiology of Human Organ Systems

2011 Tutor, SPORTSCI 204: Psychology of Physical Activity

2011 Tutor, SPORTSCI 304: Sport Psychology

2011 Tutor, MBCHB 210: Human Physiology

2011 Tutor, MEDSCI 206: Introduction to Neuroscience

2010 Demonstrator, SPORTSCI 105: Exercise Prescription

NB: Teaching Evaluations were only conducted for two units, SPORTSCI 204 = 4.60/5 and SPORTSCI 304 = 4.64/5.

Industry Reports

1. Vincent GE and Thomas M. (2019). Review of Proposed Rosters. Prepared for Optus. 1-17

2. Vincent GE. (2018). Review of Shift Activity Practices. Prepared for Victoria Police. 1-9.

3. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2016). Fatigue Management Documentation Review. Prepared for The Royal Children’s Hospital. 1-15.

4. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2016). Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval Fatigue Risk Management Review Report. Prepared for The Royal Children’s Hospital. 1-22.

5. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2016). Royal Children’s Hospital at Home Fatigue Risk Management Review Report. Prepared for The Royal Children’s Hospital. 1-21.

6. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2016). Emergency Fatigue Risk Management Review Report. Prepared for The Royal Children’s Hospital. 1-22.

7. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2016). Support Services Fatigue Risk Management Review Report. Prepared for The Royal Children’s Hospital. 1-20.

8. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2015). Fatigue Risk Assessment in Clinical Operations Summary Report. Prepared for Melbourne Health. 1-49.

9. Mitchell P and Vincent GE. (2015). Fatigue Risk Management Summary Report – GES & Retail Business Units. Prepared for Telstra. 1-25.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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