Hannah Scott, Dr

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Research Biography

Dr Hannah Scott (BPsyc(Hons), PhD) is a Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI): Sleep Health Research Associate investigating novel methods for the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. Dr Scott is leading the Sleep Health group’s Defence Science and Technology funded research project investigating accelerated circadian entrainment through smart lighting. At 1-year post-PhD, Dr Scott has 18 publications, 18 conference presentations. In 2021, Dr. Scott was CIA on two successful grants totaling over $400,000. She is also co-inventor of THIM: the first wearable device to track and treat chronic insomnia. Dr. Scott is co-Chair of the Insomnia and Sleep Health Council and co-Chair/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 ASA New Investigator Award, the international Society of Behavioural Sleep Medicine Fellow Rising Star Award, the Adelaide Sleep Retreat Young Investigator 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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