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As a doctoral candidate at Flinders University, I am deeply grateful for the invaluable mentorship and enriching learning experiences provided by the staff, faculty and researchers in the field of sleep science, especially my dedicated and patient supervisors. Immersed in this dynamic academic environment, I am continually refining my skills and expanding my understanding of sleep disorders and their treatment modalities. With each new insight gained, I am driven by a profound passion to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of our knowledge in this critical area of research.

My current research focuses on pharmacological interventions for treating sleep disorders, yet I am also drawn to exploring the intersection of sleep disorders in women, particularly during the peri-menopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal phases. I am fascinated by the intricate interplay between sleep, breathing, and hormonal fluctuations during these transitional periods, seeking to unravel the underlying mechanisms involving central nervous system receptors, hormonal influences, and the efficacy of pharmaceutical interventions.

I am intrigued by the role of the protein/hormone leptin in sleep disorders. The complex relationship between leptin and sleep regulation has piqued my interest, and I aim to delve deeper into understanding how leptin may impact sleep patterns and contribute to the development or exacerbation of sleep disorders.

Through my research endeavours, I aspire to shed light on the multifaceted challenges faced by women experiencing sleep disturbances during menopausal transitions, while also exploring the role of leptin in sleep regulation. Ultimately, I am committed to developing targeted and effective therapeutic strategies that address these complex interactions, improving the quality of life for individuals affected by sleep disorders.

Furthermore, I'm eager to explore the commercialisation and pharmaceutical patents related to sleep disorders. Understanding this landscape is vital for translating research into practical solutions, improving accessibility to innovative therapies, and ultimately enhancing patient outcomes.

Team Members

Amazing Team at AISH

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, Adult Sleep Science, University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Aug 2017

Bachelor of Arts, Human Services, Western Washington University

Award Date: 17 Oct 1990

Emergency Medical Technician, Certification, Washington State

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) (Not completed), University of Washington


External positions

Online Communications Officer, South Metropolitan Health Service

Mar 2019Aug 2020

Analyst, East Metropolitan Health Service

Jan 2018Mar 2019

Respiratory Sleep Scientist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Jun 2017Jan 2018

Analyst, East Metropolitan Health Service

Feb 2016May 2017

eLearning and Multimedia Developer, South Metropolitan Health Service

Jun 2015Jan 2016

Webmanager Technical , South Metropolitan Health Service

May 2001May 2015

Network & Database Administrator, WorkFocus Australia

Mar 2000Feb 2001

Director, Dugong Pty Ltd

Feb 1998Mar 2000

Network Administrator, IT support Officer, University of Washington



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