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Current projects include the exploration of sleep as a predictor for transitions to formal care (including an interview study and analysis of pre-existing care assessment data), as well as gaining a better understanding of how sleep changes with advancing age for New Zealanders (including the analysis of NZ health survey data as well as focus groups with older Māori and non-Māori). These projects are being conducted 2018-2021 and are funded by an Emerging Researcher grant (Health Research Council) and a Lotteries Health Post Doctoral Fellowship.
My research focuses on sleep across the lifespan and the associations between mental health conditions on sleep. I have a particular interest in the sleep of older people, people with dementia and their family carers. I have a background in psychology and clinical sleep medicine and am the project lead for the Sleep in Aging and Dementia Programme at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre (https://www.sleepwake.ac.nz/projects/sleep-in-aging-and-dementia/).
Sleep as a component of healthy ageing
Impact of sleep problems on people with dementia and their family carers
Role of sleep and dreaming in memory consolidation and cognitive functioning
Impact of sleep problems of mental health
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Aged Health Care (111702): Care for Disabled (111703):
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102):
Family Care (111707): Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (179900): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700)
Project Title: The Role of Sleep in Healthy Ageing and Living well with Dementia
Date Range: 2018 - 2021
Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand
2018 Assisting with writing course material for Massey University paper: Sleep Health and Performance
2017-17 Thesis supervision: Gunther, S (2017). Factors contributing to lifelong learning for support workers who have completed a National Certificate Mental Health and Addiction Support programme. Master of Professional Practice, Whitireia.
2017 Invited Presentation for 3rd year NZ College of Massage students: Critical appraisal and research methods.
2016 Invited Presentation for Primary Care and General Practice students, University of Otago, Wellington, NZ: Sleep management with ageing.
2014 Invited Presentation for PHARMAC’s Sleep management day: Sleep of the older adult.
2012 & 14 Invited presentation for post graduate diploma and medical technology students. University of Otago, Wellington, NZ: Sleep with ageing and dementia
2012 Continuing Medical Education event for General Practitioners. Wellington, NZ: Improving sleep for people with dementia and their carers.
2011-12 Postgraduate mentor in the Massey University Wellington psychology post-graduate community network
2008 Assisting with writing course material for Massey University paper: Sleep, circadian rhythms and shift work