Andrew Phillips


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Dr. Andrew Phillips is a Senior Lecturer within the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences in the School of Psychological Sciences. His research vision is to understand the biology, behaviour, and functions of sleep and circadian rhythms through physiologically based modelling. He has developed mathematical models and health-based metrics that are widely used in the sleep and circadian fields. His work is closely integrated with experiments, so that model predictions can be tested and so that additional insights can be gleaned from data.

Dr. Phillips completed a PhD in physics at the University of Sydney in 2009. He then began a postdoc in Boston in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. From 2009-2012 he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the US National Space and Biomedical Research Institute, supporting his work studying and predicting effects of chronic sleep restriction and circadian misalignment on sleep and cognitive performance. In 2013, he was promoted to Instructor, and in 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Professor. From 2013-2017, he held a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting development of more detailed physiological models to understand the neural circuits that regulate sleep and the causes of sleep fragmentation. He is also Co-Investigator and lead modeller on a 2013-2018 project to study sleep behaviours in social networks. In 2017, he moved to Monash University to lead modelling in sleep research.

Current areas of research interest include:

  • How important is it to maintain regular sleep and light patterns?
  • How do our behavioural choices and interactions with our environment affect our sleep patterns and circadian timing in the real world?
  • Can we design schedules based on sleep and circadian principles to improve cognitive performance?
  • What aspects of light exposure patterns are most important for the circadian clock?
  • How do social interactions influence our sleep and circadian timing?
  • How did the functions of sleep evolve?

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Projects 2020 2022

Research Output 2006 2020

Sleep and wake are shared and transmitted between individuals with insomnia and their bed-sharing partners

Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Mellor, A., Hamill, K., Jenkins, M. M., Norton, P. J., Baucom, D. H. & Drummond, S. P. A., 13 Jan 2020, In : Sleep. 43, 1, 12 p., zsz206.

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Advanced melatonin onset relative to sleep in women with unmedicated major depressive disorder

Coleman, M. Y., McGlashan, E. M., Vidafar, P., Phillips, A. J. K. & Cain, S. W., 1 Aug 2019, In : Chronobiology International. 36, 10, p. 1373-1383 11 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Application of a Limit-Cycle Oscillator Model for Prediction of Circadian Phase in Rotating Night Shift Workers

Stone, J. E., Aubert, X. L., Maass, H., Phillips, A. J. K., Magee, M., Howard, M. E., Lockley, S. W., Rajaratnam, S. M. W. & Sletten, T. L., 30 Jul 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 12 p., 11032.

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Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Caloric and macronutrient intake differ with circadian phase and between lean and overweight young adults

McHill, A. W., Czeisler, C. A., Phillips, A. J. K., Keating, L., Barger, L. K., Garaulet, M., Scheer, F. A. J. L. & Klerman, E. B., 11 Mar 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 3, 13 p., 587.

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Open Access

Decreased sensitivity of the circadian system to light in current, but not remitted depression

McGlashan, E. M., Coleman, M. Y., Vidafar, P., Phillips, A. J. K. & Cain, S. W., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 256, p. 386-392 7 p.

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