The Appleton Institute boasts around 30 professional researchers, research students and support staff across a broad range of talents, skills and specialist areas.
Enquiries to the Institute are welcome from all prospective partners, including Australian and international universities, government departments, corporate entities and industry groups.
Professor Drew Dawson
Drew established the sleep research group at the University of Adelaide in 1992, which since then has grown to become the largest behavioural sleep research group in Australia. In recent years Drew has broadened his research interests to include Safety Science, Applied Psychology, Human Factors and Safety Management Systems, and Cultural Anthropology. Having built a broad multidisciplinary team Drew formed the Appleton Institute in January 2012.
Professor Sally Ferguson
Sally's research has focussed on circadian rhythms and how they are influenced by the environment, particularly light. Basic research projects supported by the NHMRC and ARC have focused on the relationship between the temperature system and sleep, and the effects of naps on performance. Sally has also conducted a number of government and industry-driven research and consultancy projects. The majority of these have investigated the effects of hours of work (specifically shiftwork patterns) on sleep and performance, and methods for reducing the fatigue-related risk associated with shiftwork.
Associate Professor Greg Roach
Greg is interested in the effects of sleep deprivation on recovery sleep and circadian physiology. He is involved in conducting forced desynchrony protocols whereby participants are removed from any external time cues (such as watches, television and the day/night cycle). Greg has also been involved in the mathematical modelling of fatigue during shiftwork, particularly in the aviation industry where multiple timezones add complexity to the circadian rhythm. Recently Greg has also become involved in investigating the effects of sleep on exercise physiology, working with elite athletes such as the Australian Cricket team. View Greg's research profile/publications by following these links:
Associate Professor Matthew Thomas
Associate Professor Verna Blewett
Verna is an ergonomist specialising in organisational design and management. She researches: the management of occupational health and safety; participative processes at work; organisational culture; organisational change; and power relationships at work, particularly for disadvantaged groups such as refugees, migrants and young workers.
Associate Professor Sarah Blunden
Dr Charli Sargent
Dr Charli Sargent is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Appleton Institute. Since completing her PhD in August 2006, Dr Sargent has been involved in two major areas of research (i) field-based studies examining the sleep/wake behaviour of elite athletes, and (ii) laboratory-based studies examining the relative impacts of sleep, wake and body clock on metabolic function, eating behaviour and neurobehavioural performance.
Dr David Darwent
Dr Sophia Rainbird
Dr Danielle Every
Dr Kirrilly Thompson
Kirrilly is a cultural anthropologist with varied research experience and interests. As well as working in ethnography and applied psychology she has experience in human-animal interaction and human factors.
Dr Jessica Paterson
Jessica completed her PhD in Psychology in 2010 investigating the consequences of sleep loss and shift work for mood regulation. Since then, Jessica has conducted multiple research and consulting projects with the health care, transport and manufacturing industries. Jessica is interested in the experience of fatigue, workplace culture and psychosocial wellbeing for health care workers and in the relationship between sleep and mental illness.Jess also runs the monthly Appleton Institute Seminar Series, starting in August 2012. Each month (typically on the last friday of the month at 3pm) a guest speaker or Appleton Researcher will present to an Adelaide academic audience. See the news page for more details.
Dr Xuan Zhou
Xuan completed his PhD in 2012, focussing on how sleep-wake patterns affect people's performance capacity. He is primarily interested in research into the human circadian rhythm and response to external zeitgebers.
Dr Anjum Naweed
Dr Christopher Bearman
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Chris Bearman's research involves conducting industry-focused studies in laboratory and field settings with the aim of creating results that have both a strong theoretical underpinning and a robust application to industry. This involves working closely with industry partners and government organizations around the world. Chris also supervises a number of PhD, Masters & Honours students in the Safety Science and Human Factors areas.
Dr Karena Burke
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Karena completed her doctoral studies at the University of Tasmania in Launceston where she also held positions as an Associate Lecturer and Junior Research Fellow within the School of Psychology. Her PhD project examined the adjustments made by police officers when they enter the police profession.
Karena's primary research interests are in the areas of preventive health, adjustment, and well-being at both individual and organisational levels and the development of health concepts in children.
Karena completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CQUniversity between 2008 and 2011 intially as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, then within the Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR). Karena started as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in August 2011, and is the current coordinator of the 4th Year Honours and Graduate Diploma programs in Psychology.
Dr Bradley Smith
Bradley obtained a PhD in animal behaviour from the University of South Australia. His research focused on the behaviour and cognition in captive dingoes. Bradley remains actively involved in research projects concerning animal behaviour. Bradley joins the Appleton Institute as a post-doctoral research fellow working on a Bushfire CRC funded project – Awake, Smoky and Hot (ASH). The project is a collaboration between CQUni and Deakin Uni, and will investigate the effects of occupational and environmental challenges on volunteer firefighter performance.
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Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety
Marcus has worked in the Safety Science, Occupational Health and Safety, and Environmental profession for over 20 years. His PhD research assessed occupational exposure levels to a hazardous chemical, and the behaviour of the workers which influenced their exposure. Marcus has an ongoing interest in the behavioural aspects of worker exposure to safety and health hazards, leadership influence on workers and how organisations can prevent harm to their workers. He has worked in the mining, chemical and engineering industries as well as an academic and consultant.
Jared complete a Masters in Human Factors and Safety Management Systems at the University of South Australia. His Masters research explored how regional fire managers identify and resolve coordinated decision-making breakdown between distributed team members. This has led to further research at the Appleton Institute on coordination and communication breakdown in the emergency management and bushfire domains, through collaboration with the Bushfire CRC. He has worked as a researcher for 5 years and has been involved in projects focused on improving competency identification and safety training outcomes within the South Australian manufacturing industry and Australian rail industry.
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|Larissa Clarkson |
Research Officer in Fatigue and Shiftwork
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|Dr Stuart Baulk|
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