Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Most of CQUniversity’s research in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences is conducted by researchers in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. The School has undergone a major transformation since 2011, and this has resulted in a substantial improvement in the volume, quality, and impact of the research outputs that are produced in this field of research. Outputs in this Field of Research covers the two-digit level for Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17) and the four-digit levels for Psychology (FoR 1701) and Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 1799). The quality and impact of the University’s research outputs in these fields are demonstrated by the fact that: (i) approximately 60% of journal articles are published in journals ranked in the top 25% of their field based on impact factor, and (ii) more than 50% of the journal articles have a high relative citation index compared with the world benchmarks (i.e. > 2.0).
The improvement in performance in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences has been achieved, in a large part, due to the strategy that CQUniversity implemented in 2011 to enhance the quantity and quality of its research. Key elements of this strategy include the appointment of Engaged Research Chairs to foster vibrant research cultures, the creation of Deputy Dean (Research) positions in each School to provide researchers with leadership and support and the introduction of an Enterprise Agreement that enables productive researchers to spend up to 70% of their time engaged in research activities, rather than the standard 40%. In addition to these University-wide initiatives, two major changes have occurred in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences since 2011. First, the School has targeted research-active staff to fill academic positions as they become vacant. Second, the University opened a campus in Adelaide, and that campus is home to the Appleton Institute. The Institute has a state-of-the-art research facility and an excellent team of researchers and RHD students that are led by a Director with a world-class reputation in this field of research.
In the 2018 ERA results, CQUniversity achieved a rating of 4 in Psychology (FoR 1701), which means that research in this field is rated above world standard; and also achieved the highest rating of 5 in both Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17) and Other Psychology and Cognitive Services (FoR 1799), which means that research in these fields is rated well above world standard.
EI2018 – Case Study
Tools to Predict and Manage Shift Worker Fatigue in the Workplace
Fatigue in shift-workers is a well-known cause of accidents and dangerous behaviour in the workplace. In order to predict the likely timing and duration of sleep and wake in shift-workers, and thus the likely levels of fatigue, CQU researchers have developed an algorithm that organisations are using for the all-important activity of employee rostering. Using data to predict sleep patterns, this algorithm has been commercialised by Interdynamics Pty Ltd, a development company that has produced software to predict fatigue levels associated with shift-work. This product has been licensed to more than 350 organisations nationally and internationally, not only producing income of over $5million but also significantly improving safety in transport, mining and other shift-work industries.
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