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Dr Rosie Gibson PhD, RPSGT

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sleep/Wake Research Centre

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/).

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Professional

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology - Massey University (2015)
  • MSc Psychology - Massey University (2009)
  • BSc hons Psychology - University of Plymouth (2005)
  • Certificate in Teaching Further Education - Bristol College, UK (2007)
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technician (# 9491) - Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (2006)

Prizes and Awards

  • Doctoral thesis assigned to the Dean of Graduate Research School’s ‘ List of Exceptional Theses’, - Massey University. (2015)
  • Tavel bursary awarded to attend the European Sleep Research Society Congress, Tallinn - Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust (2014)
  • Team member of the Sleep/Wake Research Centre winning the Massey Research Team Medal 2011 - Massey University (2011)
  • Travel bursary awarded to attend the 9th Asia / Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Melbourne - Australian Association of Gerontology and the New Zealand Association of Gerontology (2011)
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition winner, Massey University, Wellington Preliminary - Massey University (2011)
  • Massey University doctoral scholarship awarded - Massey University (2010)
  • Masters Scholarship awarded - Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (2008)
  • Exchange year awarded to attend Trent University, Ontario, Canada (second year of undergraduate study) - International Student Exchange Programme (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

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 

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

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)

Keywords

Sleep

Ageing

Dementia

Alzheimer's DIsease

Care

Quantitative

Qualitative

Intervetions

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Current Projects

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

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., Dowell, AC., & Jones, LM. (2016). Non-pharmacological interventions for managing dementia-related sleep problem with community-dwelling pairs: a mixed methods approach. Dementia. 16(8), 967-984 Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1471301215625821
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., Dowell, AC., & Jones, LM. (2017). Non-pharmacological interventions for managing dementia-related sleep problems within community dwelling pairs: A mixed-method approach. Dementia. 16(8), 967-984
[Journal article]Authored by: Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Paine, S-J., Kepa, M., Lorna, D., Moyes, S., . . . Kerse, N. (2016). Sleep of Māori and non-Māori of advanced age. New Zealand Medical Jounral. 129(1436), 52-61
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, R., Gander, P., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2015). Effect of caregiving status on the sleep of older New Zealanders. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 34(3), 155-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Gander, P., Gibson, R., Stephens, C.
Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., & Jones, LM. (2014). Understanding the sleep problems of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Dementia. 13(3), 350-365
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Borlase, BJ., Gander, PH., & Gibson, RH. (2013). Effects of school start times and technology use on teenagers' sleep: 1999-2008. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 11(1), 46-54
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, R., Gander, PH., & Elder, D. (2012). Factors differentiating infants identified by parents as problem sleepers, and those that are not. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 10(1), 46-52 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2011.00517.x/abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, R., Elder, D., & Gander, P. (2012). Actigraphic sleep and developmental progress of one-year-old infants. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 10(2), 77-83 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2011.00525.x/abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Fleming, JS., Gibson, R., Harris, B., Morgan, S., Noble, A., O'Keeffe, K., . . . Gander, P. (2011). The 'waking incubator': Exploring the interface between the performing arts and the science of sleep. International Journal of Science in Society. 2(3), 291-308 Retrieved from http://ijy.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.187/prod.144
[Journal article]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Morgan, S., Noble, A., O'Keeffe, K.
Henely, DE., Russell, GM., Douthwaite, JA., Wood, SA., Buchanan, F., Gibson, RH., . . . Lightman, SL. (2009). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation in obstructive sleep apnea: The effect of continuous positive airway pressure therapy. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 94(11), 4234-4242
[Journal article]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Henley, DE., Douthwaite, JA., Wood, SA., Buchanan, F., Gibson, RH., Woltersdortf, WW., . . . Lightman, SL. (2009). Plasma apelin levels in obstructive sleep apnea and the effect of continuous positive airway pressure therapy. Jounral of Endocrinology. 203(1), 181-188
[Journal article]Authored by: Gibson, R.

Thesis

Gibson, RH. (2015). Understanding and managing dementia-related sleep problems: Community-based research with older New Zealanders.. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Gibson, R.Edited by: Jones, L.
Gibson, RH. (2010). Factors affecting the sleep of one-year-olds: A pilot study using objective monitoring of New Zealand infants. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Gibson, R.

Conference

Gibson, RH., Campbell, A., Mather, S., & Neill, A. (2017, May). Continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea: The experiences of older New Zealanders. Presented at Sleep in Aotearoa. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., & Gander, P. (2017, June). Validity of automated scoring of actigraphy data for people with dementia and carers. Presented at Aging and sleep. Lyon, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., & Gander, P. (2017). Validity of automated scoring of actigraphy data for people with dementia and their carers.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Aging and Sleep,. Lyon, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Dowell, AC., & Jones, LM. (2016, May). Non pharmacological interventions for sleep in dementia. Presented at Sleep In Aotearoa. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., & Gander, P. (2016, May). Validity of automatically scored actigraphy data for people with dementia and their carers.. Presented at Sleep in Aotearoa. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., gander, P., Dowell, A., & Jones, . (2016, May). Validity of actigraphy in dementia and carers. Presented at Sleep in Aotearoa. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Dowell, A., & Jones, L. (2016, November). Challenges and solutions for conducting dementia-related research: Thematic analysis of first hand experiences and recommendations.. Presented at Dementia Today: Diverse Communities, Collective Action. Alzheimers NZ and ADI 19th Asia Pacific Regional Conference,. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Dowell, A., & Jones, L. (2014, November). Non-pharmacological interventions for improving the sleep of people with dementia: Results from a feasibility trial in the wellington community. Presented at Alzheimers NZ conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., Dowell, A., & Jones, LM. (2014). The feasibility of trialling non-pharmacological interventions for improving the sleep of community dwelling people with dementia. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd Congress of the European-Sleep-Research-Society. Tallinn, ESTONIA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., Dowell, A., & Jones, L. (2012, May). Improving the sleep of people affected by dementia living in the community. Presented at Future Faces of Dementia, Alzheimers NZ Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Dowell, A., & Jones, L. (2012). The feasibility of sleep-related interventions for people with dementia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Aging and Sleep. Paris, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., & Jones, L. (2011, October). Understanding sleep problems of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Presented at Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R., Jones, L.
Gibson, RH., Pizzoferro, K., Goodwin, S., & Johsen, S. (2010). Use of care monitor in nursing homes may improve sleep. In Sleep and Biological Rhythms Vol. 1 (pp. P043 - P043). , Sleep Down Under - Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association: Wiley
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., Gander, P., Alpass, ., & Stephens, C. (2010). The sleep of a community sample of carers of Alzheimer’s patients. In Sleep and Biological Rhythms Vol. 1 (pp. P075 - P075). , Sleep Down Under- Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association: Wiley
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Gander, P., Gibson, R., Stephens, C.
Gibson, R., Gander, P., Dowes, J., & Cheng, S. (2010). Factors contributing to problem sleep of 15 month olds. In 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association(pp. A38 - A39). : Sleep and Biological Rhythms
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cheng, S., Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Borlase, BJ., Gander, PH., & Gibson, RH. (2013). Effects of school start times and technology use on teenagers' sleep: 1999-2008. In SLEEP AND BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS Vol. 11 (pp. 46 - 54). : WILEY-BLACKWELL
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, R., Gander, P., & Elder, D. (2010). Factors contributing to parental perception of problem sleep during infancy. In 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association(pp. A35 - A35). : Sleep and Biological Rhythms
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, R., Gander, P., & Elder, D. (2009). Relationships between sleep, age, and the developmental progress of infants. In 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association(pp. A30 - A31). : Japanese Society of Sleep Research
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., Gander, PH., Sun, C., Brogan, SM., Duckett, HG., & Douwes, JE. (2008). A survey of the sleep of three-month-old infants. In 20th ASM of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association.(pp. 50 - 50). : Blackwell Publishing
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Douwes, J., Duckett, H., Gander, P., Gibson, R.
Bell, N., Neagu, D., Gibson, RH., Kendrick, A., & Whittle, A. (2007). Should an Epworth score of <10 exclude patients from a CPAP trial. In European Respiratory Journal, Supplement Vol. 9 (pp. P128 - P128). , European Respiratory Society Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Neagu, D., Bell, N., Gibson, RH., Kendrick, A., & Whittle, A. (2007). Do patients with normal overnight oximetry benefit from a CPAP trial?. In European Respiratory Journal, Supplement(pp. 9 - 9). , European Respiratory Society Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH., Buchanan, F., Pillinger, N., Harper, A., Kendrick, A., Catterall, J., . . . Whittle, A. (2007). How well do patients comply with CPAP therapy?. In European Respiratory Journal, Supplement(pp. 702s - 702s). , European Respiratory Society Congress, European Respiratory Journal
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Neagu, D., Bell, N., Gibson, RH., Harper, A., Kendrick, A., Catterall, J., . . . Whittle, A. (2007). Should we select patients for CPAP trials by overnight oximetry or Epworth scores?. In Thorax Vol. 3 (pp. A110 - A110). , British Thoracic Society: BMJ Publishing Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gibson, R.
Gibson, RH. (2005). The relationship between sleep stages and declarative and procedural learning difficulties in obstructive sleep apnoea patients.. Poster session presented at the meeting of British Sleep Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, Cambridge, England.. Cambridge UK
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gibson, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

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

Media and Links

Media

  • 22 Sep 2011 - Other, Online
    Getting a good night’s sleep for people with demen
    Massey University press release: Getting a good night’s sleep for people with dementia.
  • 09 May 2012 - Radio
    Sleep, ageing and dementia.
    Interview with Beach FM Radio
  • 04 Jun 2012 - Radio
    Sleep, ageing and dementia
    Interview with Beach FM Radio
  • 01 Jan 2011 - Community Service, Other
    Sleep and aging
    Presentation and handout available for senior social groups (addressed 22 groups Nov 2011- June 2012):
  • 01 Jan 2011 - Magazine
    Making sure of sleep.
    Age Concern newsletter, spring
  • 01 Jan 2011 - Magazine
    Sleep solutions
    Article for Alzheimers New Zealand Newsletter, issue 8
  • 01 Jan 2011 - Magazine
    How did you sleep last night?
    Article for Alzheimers Wellington newsletter, issue 99
  • 01 Jan 2011 - Magazine
    Dementia sleep study!
    Promotional article, Family Care NZ magazine, spring
  • 01 Jan 2010 - Magazine
    Improving sleep - for people with dementia and the
    Article for Alzheimers New Zealand Newsletter, issue 84: Improving sleep - for people with dementia and their carers

Other Links

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