Researcher biography

Dr Sally Staton is an NHMRC Research Fellow with a strong interest in the role of children's early life experience on lifespan development. Her research focuses on the role of early childhood education in supporting young children's learning, behaioviour, and health. Dr Staton's research spans a range of study designs and methodologies, including longitudinal studies tracking large child cohorts (>2000 children), standard observation techniques (in vivo and video), survey and individualised standard child assessment, as well as studies employing physiological (cortisol, actigraphy, heart rate variability) and qualitative (child, educator and parent interviews, socio-metric) designs. She also has a strong track record in research translation and community engagement, including reports for government/non-government organisations, professional development packages, presentations, workshops, videos and articles for parents, government regulatory officers and the early childhood sector. In 2016, she was named among Queensland's Young Tall Poppy Scientists.