Kate Johnson Ph.D.
Kate is a Melbourne-based sleep specialist and mother of four, with a Ph.D. in sleep psychophysiology – or in layman’s terms, the science and biology of sleep. With her extensive scientific background in sleep research and family-centric approach, Kate offers sleep advice to parents of babies and young children that is both rigorously research-based, and individualised, taking into account the strong emotional and social components of sleep training. She is also passionate about education and empowering parents with a better understanding of how sleep works. In addition to her work in the sleep community, Kate currently holds the voluntary position of the Chair of the Parents’ Advisory Group for the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria.
Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 2001. She subsequently undertook Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Human Sleep and Neuroscience Programs at Stanford Research Institute, where she was the manager of the human sleep research laboratory and later held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. As an expert in this field, she has also lectured and published extensively in international peer reviewed journals.
Kelly Hill is a highly successful Australian small business entrepreneur. Subsequent to her university studies in communications and public affairs in Canada, Kelly returned to Australia, establishing, managing and rapidly growing a leading property services consultancy in Canberra. As with Kate, Kelly has four young children – and a strong quality-based consumer advocacy focus. Kelly is a past winner of the Telstra Small Business Award in the Australian Capital Territory, with her company being the first to proactively require the employment of fully certified and qualified professionals, which has subsequently translated to an industry norm. Her company is also a major contributor to several grassroots charities in the Canberra region.