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 Early Career Research Fellow with a strong interest in the impacts of early life experiences on children’s long-term health and development. Her research focuses on the role of early childhood education and care contexts as places of early intervention. Her previous research includes the most comprehensive study of sleep practices in early education and care settings internationally, with a focus on child and family health and wellbeing. 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 including reports for government and non-government organisations, development of professional development programs, and presentations and workshops to parent groups, government departments and the early childhood sector. In 2016, she was named among Queensland’s Young Tall Poppy Scientists.

Research Interests

  • Children’s sleep health and sleep patterns
  • Child health and well-being
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early care environments
  • Early childhood education and care policy and practice
  • Carer and parent sleep practices
  • Sibling relationships
  • Early social interactions
  • Twin studies


  • 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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Book Chapter

  • Thorpe, K., Staton, S. and Bekkhus, M (2019). Twins and other multiples. In Stephen Hupp and Jeremy D Jewell (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Child and Adolescent Development () New York, United States: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119171492

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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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.