Dr Cassandra Pattinson

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
c.pattinson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67807

Overview

Dr Cassandra Pattinson has strong research interests in exploring the effects of sleep and circadian rhythms on health, wellbeing, and recovery across the lifespan. Dr Pattinson completed her PhD through Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Health in 2017. Her thesis explored the effects of sleep and light exposure on child health, specifically childhood obesity, in preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years. Prior to joining UQ's Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), Dr Pattinson worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In this role Dr Pattinson examined the effect of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on health, including the effects of TBI on protein and gene expression, as well as exploring the role of sleep on TBI-related symptom perturbation, maintenance, and recovery.

Her research has involved a range of populations from children and adolescents, through to military personnel and athletes. Dr Pattinson's research spans a range of study designs and methodologies, including longitudinal studies tracking large child cohorts (>2000 children), standard observation techniques, survey and individualised standard child assessment, as well as studies employing physiological (actigraphy, heart rate variability) and biological (hormones, proteomic, genomic) designs. Dr Pattinson also has a strong track record in research translation, these have included manuscripts in top scientific journals, reports for government and non-government organisations, development of professional development programs, as well as designing and presenting vodcasts and resources (e.g. fact sheets, workshops) to parent groups, young adults, government departments and the early childhood sector.

Dr Pattinson also prioritises research mentorship and leadership. When mentoring, she aims to create an engaging learning environment which promotes critical analysis and reflection. She has co-supervised, two PhD students (NIH). eight Masters of Developmental and Education Psychology Students (QUT), and four NIH Postbaccalaureate students (equivalent of honours) to completion. She currently supervisors two honours of Psychology students, one honours of Biomedical Science student and one PhD candidate.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

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Publications

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  • Staton, S., Smith, S., Irvine, S., Pattinson, C. and Thorpe, K. (2018). Implementation of a professional development program to improve sleep health within the childcare sector. 30th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of Australasian Sleep Association and the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association (Sleep DownUnder), Brisbane, Australia, 17-20 October, 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/jsr.30_12765

  • Staton, S., Pease, A., Smith, S., Pattinson, C., Blair, P., Young, J., Irvine, S. and Thorpe, K. (2018). Observed non-compliance with safe sleeping guidelines in licensed home- and centre-based childcare services. 30th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of Australasian Sleep Association and the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association (Sleep DownUnder), Brisbane, Australia, 17-20 October, 2018. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/jsr.37_12765

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

  • Staton, Sally, Pattinson, Cassandra, Smith, Simon and Thorpe, Karen (2014). Mandatory sleep time in childcare associated with increased day-time napping and decreased duration of night-time sleep. Sleep DownUnder 2014 ASM, Sleep Frontiers, 26th ASM of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, Perth, WA Australia, 9–11 October 2014. Springer Nature. doi: 10.1111/sbr.12082

  • Pattinson, Cassandra, Smith, Simon, Staton, Sally and Thorpe, Karen (2014). Sleep and weight status of Australian children: The effects of day, night and total sleep. Sleep DownUnder 2014 ASM, Sleep Frontiers, 26th ASM of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, Perth, WA Australia, 9–11 October 2014. London, United Kingdom: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1111/sbr.12082

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