Dr Hannah Scott

Research Associate

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

Dr. Scott was awarded her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours – First Class) in 2016 and her Doctor of Philosophy in 2020 from Flinders University. Her Honours project tested the accuracy of a smartphone application for estimating sleep onset called Sleep On Cue, the results of which have been recently published in a top sleep journal. Drawing upon her Honours project, Hannah collaborated with her PhD Supervisor, Emeritus Prof Leon Lack, and Re-Time Pty Ltd to develop a new sleep wearable device called THIM (patent pending). Her PhD research involved testing and refining THIM for accurately measuring sleep.

For post-doctoral training, Dr. Scott is continuing her research focus on wearable sleep devices as part of an Australian Government Defence project investigating the impact of circadian rhythm entrainment and sleep loss on daytime performance. She is also continuing the THIM-administered Intensive Sleep Retraining research program as well as broadening her research interests into assessing digital therapies for insomnia and understanding insomnia pathology (e.g. the definition and assessment of sleep need, day-to-day variability in sleepiness and fatigue) as part of her virtual post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), to be conferred in September 2020

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - First Class

Honours, awards and grants

2020 Australasian Sleep Association New Investigator Award

2019 South Australia Women in Innovation Young Innovator Finalist

2018-2019 Australasian Sleep Association Student Travel Grant

2018 Adelaide Sleep Retreat Young Investigator Award

2018 AMP Amplify Ignite Finalist

2017-2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2016 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Honours Thesis Excellence Medal

2013-2016 Chancellor's Letters of Commendation

Key responsibilities

Honours student supervisor, 2017-present.

PhD student supervisor, 2021-present.

Professional Service:

  • Co-chair of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) Insomnia and Sleep Health Council, 2020 - present

  • Co-chair of the ASA Network of Early Career Sleep Researchers in Training (NEST), 2020 - present

  • Early-career researcher (ECR) representative on the ASA South Australian branch committee, 2019 - present
Supervisory interests
Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia
Insomnia, treatments for
Non-drug treatment for insomnia
Sleep psychology
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