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Dr Elise Facer-Childs is the Deputy Director of the Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Program and a STEM+ Business Fellow within the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. She conducted her training in the UK where she obtained a Masters and PhD at the University of Birmingham. After completing independent Fellowships through the Wellcome Trust and the Science Industry Endowment Fund, she established the Facer-Childs Laboratory (Sleep and Performance) in 2022.

Research interests

The Facer-Childs group integrates psychology, sport science and industry engagement with an aim to increase our understanding of the relationships between sleep, chronobiology, exercise, recovery, health and performance in the real world.

For more information on our work, please visit our lab group webpage -

University Service

Dr Facer-Childs currently sits on a number of internal and external committees, including the AFL Industry Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Collaborative Group and the Turner Institute Translation and Engagement Council.


Dr Facer-Childs works as an external consultant to help athletes, teams and organisations optimise sleep and biology rhythms to enhance recovery and performance. She has worked with elite teams across the AFL, NRL, WNBL and World Tour Cycling, including attending the Tour de France in 2023. 

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Facer-Childs is the Chief Examiner for Psycholoigcal Science in Practice (PSY3034 - This is a third year undergraduate psychology unit which aims to help students develop professional and transferable skills that will diversify career paths and improve work readiness. 

Supervision interests

The Facer-Childs lab is open to accepting new team members. If you are interested in the work we do and would like to find out more about joining us, please email Dr Facer-Childs at

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, PhD, How individual differences in sleep and circadian neurobiology impact health and performance, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 20131 Sept 2017

Award Date: 12 Jul 2018

External positions

Director of Research and Translation, St Kilda Football Club

1 Nov 202131 Oct 2023

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

1 Jan 20181 Jan 2019

Research area keywords

  • sleep
  • chronobiology
  • performance
  • health
  • exercise
  • recovery
  • athletes
  • industry

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