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Research Biography

Associate Professor Amy Reynolds is a clinical epidemiologist and provisional psychologist with expertise in the relationships between non-standard work schedules (particularly shift work), health and safety. She is the current co-lead of the insomnia, shift work and body clock disruption theme at FHMRI Sleep Health (formerly Adelaide Institute of Sleep Health).

Her key research focus is the experiences of shift workers living with sleep problems, many of which go undiagnosed and untreated for extended periods of time. These include obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia, and shift work disorder. She uses mixed research methodologies in her research program, including working with large datasets, such as the multigenerational Raine Study, qualitative approaches, and intervention trials. Her current projects include:

-analysing data from a longitudinal study of commencing shift workers in paramedic careers,

-using population data to better understand the prevalence of sleep disorders in Australian shift workers, and any associations with health and safety,

-proof-of-concept implementation trial work to explore sleep disorder screening and management in young workers,

-understanding the strengths and deficits in our health system for supporting shift workers living with sleep disorders

A/Professor Reynolds works closely with industry partners with workers who employ shift workers, and has prior expertise working with emergency services, mining and minerals, transport and healthcare sectors. Her research focusses on solution-based approaches to managing the health consequences associated with non-standard work schedules, and working in partnership with industry and workers to identify feasible solutions which support healthy workforces.

In addition to her own research interests, A/Professor Reynolds is a patient research partner, working alongside experts in the Rheumatology field to amplify the voice of patients living with autoimmune disease. She currently serves as an Australian representative for the BMJ's International Patient Advisory Panel.

A/Professor Reynolds currently supervises PhD candidates in the following fields:

1 PhD: nursing/psychology

3 PhDs: paramedicine

3 PhDs: epidemiology (sleep)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The impact of insufficient sleep on healthy functioning in men, University of South Australia

… → 27 Feb 2015

Award Date: 27 Feb 2015

Bachelor (Honours), Children's Report of Sleep Patterns, University of South Australia

… → 30 Dec 2009

Award Date: 30 Dec 2009

Master of Science, Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Sydney

… → 1 Dec 2018

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University

2023 → …

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Central Queensland University

13 Dec 20201 Jan 2025

Supervision

  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Clinical

Supervisory Interests

  • Sleep
  • Shift work
  • Occupational health/hygiene
  • Circadian rhythms, sleep and insomnia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleep psychology
  • Workplace productivity
  • Workforce development

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • sleep health
  • RZ Other systems of medicine

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