Researcher biography

Cassandra’s research interests are to explore the effect of sleep and circadian rhythms on health, wellbeing and recovery across the lifespan. She completed her PhD at QUT’s Faculty of Health in 2017. Her thesis explored the effects of sleep and light exposure on child health, specifically childhood obesity, in preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years.

Prior to joining ISSR, Cassandra worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In this role Cassandra examined the effect of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on health, including the effects of TBI on protein and gene expression, as well as exploring the role of sleep on TBI-related symptom perturbation, maintenance, and recovery. Her research has involved a range of populations from children and adolescents, through to military personnel and athletes. She has expertise in the measurement of sleep and circadian health, light exposure, as well as standardized and biological testing.