Michael Cvirn

Michael Cvirn

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Michael Anthony Cvirn has a Doctor of Philosophy with a background in psychology demonstrating expertise in cognitive and neurobehavioural psychological science, in addition to physical activity, exercise, dehydration and sleep physiology. Skills include statistical proficiency in SPSS and Stata, experience with SAS and R. Private, industry, and government manuscript, literature review and report writing. Organising no, single and double-blind, randomised, controlled experimental designs from basic standard operating procedures and managing participants, colleagues and research assistants in challenging conditions. In addition to supporting research teams and major work operations located in sometimes challenging, rural and remote locations.

Dr Michael Cvirn has a strong background in psychology and mixed methods research including qualitative and quantitative research designs demonstrating expertise in cognitive and neurobehavioural psychological science, in addition to physical activity, exercise, dehydration and sleep physiology.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Grant funded researcher University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2018 Research officer Central Queenslad University
    2010 - 2019 Research Officer University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2012 Research Assistant University of South Australia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2009 Achievement University of South Australia Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation (2009) University of South Australia Australia
    2008 Award University Merit Award University of South Australia Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 Central Queensland University Australia PhD
    2009 - 2009 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)
    2006 - 2008 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Psychology
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Cvirn, M., Dorrian, J., Smith, B., Vincent, G., Jay, S., Roach, G., . . . Ferguson, S. (2019). The effects of hydration on cognitive performance during a simulated wildfire suppression shift in temperate and hot conditions. Applied Ergonomics, 77, 9-15.
    DOI Scopus1
    2017 Cvirn, M., Dorrian, J., Smith, B., Jay, S., Vincent, G., & Ferguson, S. (2017). The sleep architecture of Australian volunteer firefighters during a multi-day simulated wildfire suppression: Impact of sleep restriction and temperature. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 99(Pt B), 389-394.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC3
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2015 Cvirn, M. A., Smith, B., Jay, S., Vincent, G., & Ferguson, S. (2015). The impact of temperature on the sleep characteristics of volunteer firefighters during a wildland fireground tour simulation. In 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Chronobiology conference proceedings (pp. 18-24). Melbourne, Australia.
    2013 Armstrong, T., Cvirn, M., Ferguson, S., Christoforou, T., & Smith, B. (2013). Can Australian bush fire fighters accurately self-monitor their cognitive performance during a 3-day simulated fire-ground campaign. In Australasian Chronobiology Society (pp. 18-23). Adelaide.
    2013 Christoforou, T., Cvirn, M., Ferguson, S., Armstrong, T., & Smith, B. (2013). The effect of sleep restriction and exposure to physical activity on the cognitive ability of volunteer firefighters across a 3-day simulated fire-ground tour. In Australasian Chronobiology Society. Adelaide.
    2013 Smith, B., Cvirn, M., Jay, S., & Ferguson, S. (2013). Where there is smoke there’s fatigue: Evaluating the influence of occupational stressors on bush firefighter cognitive performance. In 21st International Symposium. Perth, Australia.
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2009 - 2019 Member Golden Key International Honour Society Golden Key International Honour Society Australia

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