Kristy Sanderson


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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Public Mental Health, Workplace Wellbeing, Sleep and Fatigue in Workforces, Emergency Responder Health and Wellbeing, Mindfulness, Psychiatric Epidemiology


I am interested in public health approaches to mental health, especially how to promote mentally healthy workplaces. I am a psychiatric epidemiologist and have been a registered psychologist earlier in my career.

My work programme is addressing an NHS national priority area on how to attract and retain a workforce through improving the way we support staff and learners in the health and social care systems. Current projects of my team include: exploring strategies to improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue in health staff; how to promote mental health and reduce suicide risk in ambulance staff; and supporting the wellbeing of learners including PhD students and psychological trainees. I am Theme Lead for NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England Mental Health Over the Life Course, where I also lead the Workforce Wellbeing work stream. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the Society for Occupational Health, and regularly review for journals and grant bodies in my field including NIHR.

I have collaborated and supervised across the health and social sciences including medical specialties, public health, nursing, psychology, business, economics, and sociology. I am an experienced PhD supervisor, having worked with 18 PhD students to date. 

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Prior to relocating to the UK in 2017 I was a Chief Investigator on competitive grants totalling AU$9.8 million, including a highly competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship plus project support from both the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council. I had been continuously funded by NHMRC for 17 years (2003-2019). I have served on 13 national grant review panels (selection panels) in health and medical research and chaired a state-wide scientific review ethics committee. 

Administrative Posts

Co-Director of Research, School of Health Sciences

Key Research Interests

Mental health and wellbeing of health and social care workforce

Sleep and fatigue in high-risk workforces

Health of shift-workers

Public mental health

Mental health epidemiology

Workplace health promotion

Mindfulness and positive psychology interventions

Teaching Interests

Doctoral training

Professionalism, self-care, and creating healthy workplaces

Sleep and fatigue for health professionals

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

Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

… → 2001

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of New South Wales

… → 1993

External positions

Theme Lead, Mental Health Over the Life Course, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England

1 Oct 202230 Sep 2024

Honorary Professor, University of Tasmania

1 Jan 2017 → …

Media Expertise

  • Mental Health
  • Wellbeing at work

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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