Dr Janelle MacKenzie

Dr Janelle MacKenzie completed her PhD at QUT investigating maternal sleepiness and the impacts of sleepiness on driving. In particular, she focused on the assessment of maternal sleep and infant sleep, as well as the psychological and social factors that contribute to sleepiness in the postpartum period. Upon completion of her PhD, Janelle worked in the QUT School of Design investigating how park design influences the physical activity and social engagement of park users, particularly children and their caregivers.

As a Research Fellow, Janelle will contribute to the Healthy Child program by examining the associations between children’s digital technology use and their sleep. She intends to contribute to the understanding of how children’s digital technology use fits into the broader context of how children spend their time, particularly being physically active and spending time outdoors, to maximise the chances of receiving optimal sleep. Janelle’s vision for the future is that children and their caregivers feel empowered to make informed decisions about children’s digital technology use within the whole context of the child’s life.

Earliest digital memory
Visiting my dad’s office and teaching myself how to play Minesweeper – many bombs were accidentally detonated.

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