SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR & SLEEP RESEARCHER
On a mission
to make you
Vanessa Hill is an award-winning science communicator and sleep researcher. She is the creator of the hit YouTube and PBS series, BrainCraft, and the YouTube Originals special Sleeping with Friends, an entertaining reality show about improving your sleep. Vanessa's work on YouTube and in collaboration with public broadcasters in the US and Australia has helped make her one of the leading voices in science media.
Vanessa aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and people’s daily well-being, and is passionate about creating media that promotes health, sleep, and behaviour change. Vanessa hosted and produced 5 seasons of BrainCraft for PBS as well as short and long-form content for PBS, ABC Australia, Screen Australia, Nebula Originals and YouTube Originals.
Vanessa’s research uses psychology to better understand the relationship between sleep and technology. She is a leading expert on bedtime procrastination, and has written extensively about it in scientific journals and popular magazines. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Science from Australian National University and is a PhD researcher at CQUniversity.
Vanessa was inspired to study the relationship between health and tech after receiving thousands of comments from people using YouTube as a sleep aid. Screen use can be bad for sleep, but screens (and content) can soothe anxiety, provide comfort and help people relax. Vanessa is investigating how screen time becomes problematic, and developing a habits-based behaviour change program focused on high screen use and bedtime procrastination.
Select Journal Articles
Hill, V. M., Rebar, A. L., Ferguson, S. A., Shriane, A. E., & Vincent, G. E. (2022). Go to bed! A systematic review and meta-analysis of bedtime procrastination correlates and sleep outcomes. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 101697. Link [$]
Hill, V.M., Ferguson, S.A., Vincent, G.E., & Rebar, A. L. (Submitted 29 November 2022). “It's satisfying but destructive”: A qualitative study on the experience of bedtime procrastination in new career starters. British Journal of Health Psychology
Hill, V. M., Grant, W., McMahon, M. L., & Singhal, I. (2022). How Prominent Science Communicators on YouTube Understand the Impact of Their Work. Frontiers in Communication, 255. Link [open access]
Vanessa lives between New York City and Sydney and is available to travel for speaking engagements and workshops.
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