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Professor Sally Ferguson

BSc (Hons)MA (Writing)PhD
Deputy Dean - Research
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
(08) 8378 4508
0427 639 027 Alternative Phone
Adelaide
44 Greenhill Road - Appleton Institute
Wayville SA 5034
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About Me

Sally is a Professor with the Appleton Institute in Adelaide and Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. Sally’s background is circadian biology and understanding how the body clock helps keep us synchronized to the world around us and what happens when we work against our clocks.

In the last ten years this key research interest has led to Sally asking questions about the relationship between sleep, wake and work patterns, particularly for those working shiftwork. Sally has worked with industry partners in mining, rail, healthcare, marine pilotage, aviation and the emergency services. Sally's program of research has received funding support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Bushfire CRC and the CRC for Rail Innovation.

Sally does a lot of work in the area of fatigue risk management and sleeps very well herself.

General
Background

Sally completed a Bachelor of Science at Flinders University and her PhD from the University of Adelaide. Sally's background is in physiology and her PhD thesis focused on the neurotransmitters involved in transferring the light signal from the eyes to the biological clock in the brain. Since then, Sally has focused on specific systems under the control of the biological clock, namely sleep, melatonin and performance.


Professional Memberships

Australasian Sleep Association

Australasian Chronobiology Society

European Sleep Research Society

Working Time Society (International Commission on Occupational Health)


Professional Interests

A PhD in the field of sleep and circadian biology, and a Masters in Writing mean that when Sally isn't sleeping, she is writing.  More often that not she is writing about sleep but Sally’s expertise and interests extend beyond nocturnal slumber to general health research and the medical sciences.  She is also partial to writing about people, places and journeys.  Sally’s passion is making the complex accessible and useful.

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Psychology
  • Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Mentor Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

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

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