Professor Shona Halson

Deputy Director & Recovery Program Lead

Shona Halson

Areas of expertise: sleep; recovery; overtraining; jetlag

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1047-3878


Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

Professor Shona Halson from ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences has been a mainstay of Australia’s high performance sport network. She was the Head Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2002 to 2018 and has been a part of three Olympic campaigns with the Australian Olympic Committee. Professor Halson was named as one of Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s three Female Leaders in Exercise and Sports Science on International Women’s Day 2019. Her research focuses on recovery, fatigue and sleep and she has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. Shona has a particular interest in maximising recovery and monitoring and improving sleep in elite athletes. Shona is an Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, is co-chair of Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s (ESSA) Research to Practice 2020/2021 Conference and is a member of ESSA’s Research Committee. Shona also provides consultancy services to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and Nike as part of the Nike Performance Council and she is a trusted advisor to countless elite teams and athletes both in Australia and internationally.

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  • 2021 – 2022 – Innovations Connections Grant - $ 100 000
  • 2021 – 2023 – Australian Institute of Sport - $ 250 000
  • 2021-2023 – Queensland Academy of Sport – $83 000
  • 2014- 2016- PepsiCo- Nutrition and Sleep. $120,000
  • 2014- 2016- Australian Sports Commission- Neurophysiology of the elite athlete $30,000
  • 2012- 2018- 2XU- Investigating compression in elite athletes- $60,000 per year
  • 2011- 2013- Australian Sports Commission BIG IDEA GRANT. Enhancing Sleep in Athletes- $135,000
  • 2011- 2013- Australian Sports Commission/ Victoria University. Enhancing Recovery in Athletes- $50,000
  • 2009- 2012- ARC Grant- Sleeping for Gold (UniSa and AIS)- $275,000
  • 2002- 2014- General and Collaborative Research Grants- Australian Sports Commission- Combined $150,000+

Accolades and awards

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Female Scientist of the Year 2019
  • European College of Sport Science (ECSS) Young Investigator Award 2005
  • American College of Sports Medicine International Student Award 2002

Appointments and affiliations

Australian Institute of Sport

  • 2002- 2018 Senior Physiologist/ Head of Discipline

Australian Olympic Team

  • Recovery Coordinator Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Recovery Director London Olympic Games 2012
  • Recovery Lead Rio 2016

Editorial roles

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

  • 2010-current
  • Associate editor

European Journal of Sports Science

  • 2005-2008
  • Section Editor-Sport

International journal review panel

  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Nutrients
  • Sports Medicine
  • International Journal of Sports Performance and Physiology
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Public engagement

Gatorade Sport Science Institute

  • Member of Inaugural GSSI Expert Panel (GSSIXP)
  • Sleep, Nutrition and Recovery
  • Member of GSSI Expert Panel (GSSIXP)
  • Monitoring in Athletes


Australian Open Tennis Tournament

  • Recovery Consultant 2019, 2020, 2021

British Journal of Sports Medicine Podcast

Catapult Sport

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