Jessica Paterson

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Associate Professor Jessica Paterson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years of research experience in the field of sleep, fatigue, mental health and psychopathology. A/Prof Paterson has expertise in the relationship between sleep, wake and work history, particularly for adolescents and young adults, and in the intersect between trauma and sleep – across the lifespan, as well as for anyone who routinely experiences both trauma exposure and sleep disturbance, e.g., emergency service workers.

Jessica has extensive experience working with the health care and emergency services industries and has worked as a researcher at the Queensland University of Technology, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (RPA Hospital, Sydney), the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Cornell University (NY), and the Appleton Institute at CQUniversity.

A/Prof Paterson is a member of the Flinders University Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Director of the Sleep and Psychology Laboratory at Bedford Park campus.


B. Psych(Hons), M. Psych (Clinical), Ph.D

Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) endorsed Clinical Psychologist PSY0002028792

PsyBA-approved Supervisor

Advanced Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Honours, awards and grants

Research Leader in Sleep in Young People - University of Queensland and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2019

Recipient of the Broomhall-Young Clinical Psychology Scholarship, University of South Australia - 2016

UniSA Maurice de Rohan International Scholar - 2009

World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies Merit Award - 2007

Key responsibilities

Placement Coordinator (Clinical Psychology Program)

Topic Coordinator (Clinical Child Psychology, Counselling and Professional Issues)

Topic coordinator
PSYC9006 Clinical Child Psychology
PSYC9007 Counselling and Professional Issues