Dr Alicia Allan

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53340


Dr Alicia Allan is a Research Fellow with multidisciplinary expertise across psychology, health and design. Her primary areas of research interest are how sleep occurs in context, and how aspects of the physical environment (particularly light) influence sleep, circadian function, behaviour and overall wellbeing. Alicia received her PhD from QUT in 2016 for a thesis that examined social and environmental factors influencing sleep health in older adults and community dementia care. Prior to joining ISSR, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Design at QUT on a project investigating the effects of the indoor light environment upon building occupants. Alicia has worked on a wide variety of projects involving multimodal assessment of human behaviour in field settings across the lifespan. As such, she has extensive experience in measuring behaviour in-context using varied data collection techniques, including ambulatory and environmental monitoring to assess sleep and circadian health, light exposure and other aspects of the social and physical environment. She has worked with a range of populations, including children, young adults, office workers, older adults, and those with neurological disorders. Alicia aims to use applied research to inform lifestyles and built environment design that supports wellbeing across the lifespan.


  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Master of Organisational Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Qld. UT


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  • Rossa, K., Allan, A., Sullivan, K., Wong, I., Kyle, G. and Smith, S. (2017). Decreased time in bed predicts risky driving in young adults: a prospective, naturalistic study. In: The 2017 Joint Congress of World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) & World Sleep Federation (WSF), Prague, Czech Republic, (E282-E283). 7-11 October 2017. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2017.11.829

  • St Pierre, L., Allan, A., Staton, S., Pattinson, C., Thorpe, K. and Smith, S. (2017). Severe sleep restriction in expedition adventure race competitors. In: Joint Congress of World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) & World Sleep Federation (WSF), Prague, Czech Republic, (E10-E11). 7-11 October 2017. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2017.11.023

  • Allan, A., Garcia-Hansen, V., Isoardi, G. and Smith, S. (2017). Timing of bright light exposure is related to sleep timing in office workers. In: 14th World Sleep Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, (E11-E11). 7-11 October 2017. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2017.11.024

  • Edmed, S., Allan, A., Sullivan, K., Karlsson, L. and Smith, S. (2015). Characterizing Sleep-Wake Behaviour after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. In: Abstracts from the 35th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. 35th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, , , Austin, TX United States, (504-504). November 4-7, 2015.

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