Dr Sally Staton

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67698


Dr Sally Staton is an NHMRC Research Fellow with a strong interest in the role of children’s early life experience on lifespan development. Her research focuses on the role of early childhood education in supporting young children’s learning, behaioviour, and health. Dr Staton’s research spans a range of study designs and methodologies, including longitudinal studies tracking large child cohorts (>2000 children), standard observation techniques (in vivo and video), survey and individualised standard child assessment, as well as studies employing physiological (cortisol, actigraphy, heart rate variability) and qualitative (child, educator and parent interviews, socio-metric) designs. She also has a strong track record in research translation and community engagement, including reports for government/non-government organisations, professional development packages, presentations, workshops, videos and articles for parents, government regulatory officers and the early childhood sector. In 2016, she was named among Queensland’s Young Tall Poppy Scientists.

Research Interests

  • Human Development
  • Children and families
  • Early Childhood Education and Care policy/practices
  • Measurement of early care environments
  • Child health and well-being
  • Children’s sleep patterns and development
  • Digital Technology use
  • In-situ observation methods
  • Mealtime interactions


  • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), Qld. UT
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours), Qld. UT
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Qld. UT
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Qld. UT


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Book Chapter

  • Thorpe, Karen, Staton, Sally and Bekkhus, Mona (2020). Twins and other multiples. Encyclopaedia of child and adolescent development. edited by Stephen Hupp and Jeremy D Jewell. New York, United States: John Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119171492.wecad219

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.