Dr Cassandra Pattinson completed her PhD at QUT investigating the effect of sleep and light exposure on young children’s health and development. She has direct experience in the day-to-day conduct of longitudinal trials with Australian families, including recruitment, retention, assessments, and a [...]
Dr Dwayne Mann is an early career researcher in biomedical engineering. His PhD bridged the gap between interventional physiology sleep studies and the clinical sleep environment by developing methods that estimate flow limitation and help further characterise obstructive sleep apnoea patient phenot [...]
Dr Jasneek Chawla is a clinician researcher with a strong interest in improving outcomes in children with neurodisability and in the use of technology around sleep for this population of children. Jasneek’s areas of research interest include sleep in children with disability, the relationship [...]
Dr Shannon Edmed’s research examines associations between digital technology supports (e.g., online tools, resources, and communities) and children’s mental health and wellbeing. Shannon’s work also focuses on the relationship between digital technology use and children’s sle [...]
Elahe Nikooharf Salehi’s PhD project explores the role of digital technology in the interplay between children’s physical health, sleep, and circadian rhythms. Elahe hopes to make a positive difference in children’s sleep and health.
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Anna Loeffler’s research focusses on early childhood sleep and associated social-emotional outcomes. Her PhD project aims to develop an integrated, theoretical model of sleep consolidation transitioning as well as an index of sleep consolidation in hope of providing a better understanding of n [...]
Emily Westwood’s PhD examines the significance of light in childhood health and behaviour. In 2021, Emily was awarded a prestigious Fullbright Future Postgraduate Scholarship to work with research leaders in sleep and development at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Emily hopes her work wit [...]
Naomi Fillmore’s PhD research looks at the role of language in early education policy and practice, using a mixed methods approach to examine complex questions in linguistically, culturally, and racially diverse early childhood and primary school settings. This research includes exploring how tech [...]
Zhaoxi (Caesar) Zheng’s research interests include sociology, health and illness, and early childhood education and care. Caesar’s project investigates young children’s everyday encounters with death, dying and loss through new materialist and post-humanist lenses. His project advo [...]
Dr Sandy Houen’s research focusses on early childhood education quality and its impact on children’s lifelong trajectories. Sandy’s expertise is in qualitative research approaches, such as conversation analysis, with a key focus on data collection methods that include interviews with child [...]
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.
The Centre recognises that the examples we set in diversity and inclusion will support young children to respect and celebrate differences in all people. We embed diversity, inclusivity and equality into all aspects of the Centre’s activities and welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and national origin.