Researcher biography

Dr Janelle MacKenzie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with multidisciplinary expertise across psychology, health and design. She completed her PhD at QUT investigating maternal sleepiness and the impacts of sleepiness on driving. In particular, she focused on the assessment of maternal sleep and infant sleep, as well as the psychological and social factors that contribute to sleepiness in the postpartum period. She also has a strong interest in the sleep, physical activity levels, and social development of children, particularly investigating the opportunities caregivers can provide to encourage optimal development.

Upon completion of her PhD, Janelle worked in the QUT School of Design investigating how park design influences the physical activity and social engagement of park users, particularly children and their caregivers. Within the multidisciplinary research team, she applied her psychology and health expertise to identify and apply salutogenic design principles to promote the health and well-being of all members of the community. Janelle has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including sleep assessment (diaries and actigraphy), survey design, field interviews, field observations, photo elicitation, and co-design techniques.