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Research Biography

Dr Hannah Scott (BPsyc(Hons), PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI): Sleep Health investigating the use of digital technologies to better assess and manage sleep health and its disorders. At 3 years post-PhD, Dr Scott has authored 35 publications (17 as first/senior author), 2 book chapters, and 8 successful research funding applications totaling over $600,000. Dr Scott is a co-inventor of THIM: the first wearable device that tracks and treats chronic insomnia. As Primary Investigator, Dr Scott is currently leading a world-first randomised controlled trial comparing digital therapies for the treatment of insomnia. Dr. Scott is co-Chair and co-Founder of the Early Career Researcher Council of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA): Australia’s peak sleep advocacy body. She has received multiple awards including the Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award, the ASA New Investigator Award, the international Society of Behavioural Sleep Medicine Fellow Rising Star Award, and was Finalist in the Young Innovator Category of the Women in Innovation Awards.

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in insomnia, circadian rhythms, and sleep monitoring technology. My current research projects include 1) using smart lighting systems to rapidly entrain circadian rhythms to adjust to shift-work; 2) testing novel methods for the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders using sleep trackers; 3) exploring individual-level sleep need and its importance for the treatment of insomnia; and 4) exploring the role of circadian rhythms in "non-circadian" sleep disorders.


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