Julie holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She has been conducting high-quality, leading edge human factors and behavioural research relating to health and safety for over 20 years. Through her involvement with the Sydney Airport Health Study, Julie gained an international reputation in for her work on psychological moderators and mediators of human response to aircraft noise. She then turned her attention to road safety and developed significant research programs relating to driver education; psychological contributors to risky behaviour (e.g. risk perception, attitudes to risk, personality); distraction (particularly due to technology); crash investigation; and vulnerable road users and active transport.
Julie has experience with a wide range of research methodologies, including interrogation of large databases, experimental research, driving simulation, focus groups, on-line surveys, field surveys, observational field research, and naturalistic driving/riding.
Julie has extensive experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary research teams and industry partners on both commissioned and grant-funded projects, including 6 ARC Linkage Projects. She is regularly invited to contribute to policy forums and has been effective in disseminating her research findings via the popular media. Julie has authored over 200 publications, reports and presentations. She has supervised nearly 40 postgraduate students, including 7 PhD students.
Field of Research
- Operator training and education; Human response to aircraft noise; Cycling safety.
- Executive Committee of the Australasian College of Road Safety [ACRS], elected member.
- Standards Australia Committee 110 – Bicycles, member.