Andrew Phillips

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20062022

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Biography

Dr. Andrew Phillips is a Senior Lecturer within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health in the School of Psychological Sciences. His research vision is to understand the physiology and functions of circadian rhythms and sleep, with three main areas of focus.

1) The importance of sleep regularity for human health.

2) The sensitivity of the human circadian system to light.

3) The development of physiological models for predicting circadian timing, sleep, and alertness.

He has developed mathematical models and health-based metrics that are widely used in the sleep and circadian fields, including the Sleep Regularity Index (SRI). He has also made fundamental discoveries about the circadian system, including interindividual differences in sensitivity to light. 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 neurology in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School.

His work has been funded almost continuously funded by lead-investigator grants since his PhD. 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 for improved scheduling for NASA astronauts and ground crew. In 2013, he was promoted to Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and in 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Professor. From 2013-2017, he held a prestigious 2 million USD 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 was also Co-Investigator and lead modeller on a 3 million USD 2013-2018 R01 project to study sleep behaviours in social networks. In 2017, he joined Monash University to lead modelling in circadian and sleep research. In 2018 he was awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Grant (co-led with Dr. Adam Walker). In 2019, he was awarded a Turner Strategic Research Grant and a Monash Network of Excellence (co-led with Prof. Shantha Rajaratnam). 

Dr. Phillips is Deputy Director of the Graduate Education and Industry Centre for the Turner Institute and a member of the Digital Mental Health hub. He was a finalist for the 2019 Monash Graduate Association Lecturer of the Year, based on his teaching into the PSY6161/6103 Research Methods unit.

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High sensitivity and interindividual variability in the response of the human circadian system to evening light

Phillips, A. J. K., Vidafar, P., Burns, A. C., McGlashan, E. M., Anderson, C., Rajaratnam, S. M. W., Lockley, S. W. & Cain, S. W., 11 Jun 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 24, p. 12019-12024 6 p.

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19 Citations (Scopus)

Irregular sleep/wake patterns are associated with poorer academic performance and delayed circadian and sleep/wake timing

Phillips, A. J. K., Clerx, W. M., O'Brien, C. S., Sano, A., Barger, L. K., Picard, R. W., Lockley, S. W., Klerman, E. B. & Czeisler, C. A., 12 Jun 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 13 p., 3216.

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65 Citations (Scopus)

Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body fat

McHill, A. W., Phillips, A. JK., Czeisler, C. A., Keating, L., Yee, K., Barger, L. K., Garaulet, M., Scheer, F. A. J. L. & Klerman, E. B., 1 Nov 2017, In : American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 106, 5, p. 1213-1219 7 p.

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74 Citations (Scopus)

Generalizability of A Neural Network Model for Circadian Phase Prediction in Real-World Conditions

Stone, J. E., Phillips, A. J. K., Ftouni, S., Magee, M., Howard, M., Lockley, S. W., Sletten, T. L., Anderson, C., Rajaratnam, S. M. W. & Postnova, S., 29 Jul 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 17 p., 11001.

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Are Individual Differences in Sleep and Circadian Timing Amplified by Use of Artificial Light Sources?

Swaminathan, K., Klerman, E. B. & Phillips, A. J. K., 2017, In : Journal of Biological Rhythms. 32, 2, p. 165-176 12 p.

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11 Citations (Scopus)