Dr David Stevens

Sleep Technician

Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr David Stevens is an early career research fellow at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (AISH), College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University. Dr Stevens has led and coordinated number of projects funded by the NHMRC, the Alertness CRC, and The Hospital Research Foundation, giving him a wide range of clinical sleep research experience in relation to neurobehavioural physiology, respiratory physiology, and most recently, sleep health epidemiology. Prior to his career in sleep research, Dr Stevens was an exercise physiologist, and attained his PhD in exercise science at the University of Sydney.

Dr Stevens’ core area of research interest is investigating bi-directional effects of sleep on physical functioning and performance. From this, Dr Stevens is involved, either by leading, or assisting with, research projects at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health examining the impact of poor sleep and sleep disorders on frailty & aging, neuronal injury rehabilitation, and the relationship between physical activity and sleep, all areas of significant clinical importance and high disease burden, but with significant gaps in knowledge. Importantly, these projects utilise Dr Stevens expertise in sleep physiology and exercise physiology/rehabilitation.

Dr Stevens has also played a pivotal role in coordinating and undertaking NHMRC funded research. Furthermore, Dr Stevens has also played a key role coordinating industry driven research projects through the CRC for Alertness Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) where he coordinated several multisite national projects under the Personalised Sleep Health Theme, which has provided David with experience working with industry, IP management and commercialisation. 


PhD - University of Sydney (2015)

B.App.Sc (Hons) (2010)

Supervisory interests
Falls and fall prevention
Respiratory/sleep physiology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Sleep respiratory physiology (1)
Associate supervisor: Sleep respiratory physiology (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Isabella Ellison

Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons 1) -

Julia Demura

Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons 1) -