Sally is the Director of the Appleton Institute in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, and a Research Professor. 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.
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.
Australasian Sleep Association
Australasian Chronobiology Society
European Sleep Research Society
Working Time Society (International Commission on Occupational Health)
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.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Public Health and Health Services - Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Psychology - Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)