School of Aviation

Dr Julie Hatfield

Dr Julie Hatfield


PhD (Psychology), University of Sydney
Hons (Psychology, Class I), University of Sydney
BA, University of Sydney

Senior Lecturer

 UNSW Aviation, The University of NSW, Sydney NSW 2052

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.

Fields of Research

  • Operator training and education; Human response to aircraft noise; Cycling safety.

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Committee of the Australasian College of Road Safety [ACRS], elected member.
  • Standards Australia Committee 110 – Bicycles, member.

Selected Publications

Psychological contributors to human response to aircraft noise

  • Van Kamp I, Job RFS, Hatfield J, Haines M, Stellato R, Stansfeld S. The role of noise sensitivity in the noise-response relationship: A Comparison of three international airport studies. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 116: 3471-3479 (2004)
  • Hatfield J, Job RFS, Hede AJ, Peploe P, Carter NL, Taylor R, Morrell S. Human response to environmental noise: The role of perceived control. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 9: 341-359 (2002)
  • Job RFS, Hatfield J. The impact of soundscape, enviroscape, and psychscape on reaction to noise: Implications for regulation and evaluation of noise effects. Noise Control Engineering Journal 49: 120-124 (2001)

Operator education

  • Monash University & The University of New South Wales (with Hatfield J, Senserrick T.) Process Evaluation of the Safer Drivers Course. Draft Report to Transport for NSW (2017)
  • Senserrick T, Boufous S, Olivier J, Hatfield J. Evaluation of Queensland’s Graduated Licensing System. Report to Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2016)
  • Monash University & The University of New South Wales (with Hatfield J, Williamson A.) P Drivers Project Process Evaluation. Report to Vicroads (2015)

Understanding risky driving (including risk perception, attitudes to risk, and personality)

  • Hatfield J, Williamson A, Kehoe EJ, Prabhakharan P. An examination of the relationship between measures of impulsivity and risky simulated driving amongst young drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention 103: 37–43 (2017)
  • Hatfield J, Fernandes R, Job RFS. Thrill and adventure seeking as a modifier of the relationship of perceived risk with risky driving among young drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention 62: 223– 229 (2014)
  • Fernandes R, Hatfield J, Job RFS. A systematic investigation of the differential predictors for speeding, drink-driving, driving while fatigued, and not wearing a seat belt, among young drivers. Transportation Research Record Part F 13: 179-196 (2010)
  • Hatfield J, Fernandes R. The role of risk propensity in the risky driving of younger and older drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention 41: 25-35 (2009)

Road-user distraction

  • Hatfield J, Chamberlain T. The impact of in-car displays on drivers in neighbouring cars: Survey and driving simulator experiment. Transportation Research Record F. 11: 137-146 (2008)
  • Hatfield J, Chamberlain T. The effect of audio materials from a rear-seat audiovisual entertainment system or from radio on simulated driving. Transportation Research Record F. 11: 52-60 (2008)
  • Hatfield J, Murphy S. The effects of mobile phone use on pedestrian crossing behaviour at signalised and unsignalised intersections. Accident Analysis and Prevention 39: 197-205 (2007)

Crash investigation

  • Hatfield J, Williamson A, Friswell R. Road Crash Injuries: Costs and Prevention. Austroads Report AP-R491-15 (2015)

Vulnerable road users and active transport

  • Hatfield J, Dozza M, Patton D, Maharaj P, Boufous S, Eveston T. A naturalistic cycling study to evaluate a school-based education program and examine safety-relevant behaviours amongst children. Accident Analysis and Prevention 108: 91-99 (2017)
  • Hatfield J, Boufous S. The effect of cycling for transport on use of other transport modes: A cross-sectional on-line survey. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 92: 220 – 231 (2016)
  • Hatfield J, Boufous S, Poulos RG. How safe is cycling? In J Bonham & M Johnson (Eds.) Cycling Futures. University of Adelaide Press. (2015)
  • Poulos RG, Hatfield J, Rissel C, Flack LK, Murphy S, Grzebieta R, McIntosh AS. An exposure-based study of crash and injury rates in a cohort of transport and recreational cyclists in New South Wales, Australia. Accident Analysis and Prevention 78: 29-38 (2015)


  • Hatfield J, Williamson A, Sherker S, Brander R, Hayen A. Development and evaluation of an intervention to reduce rip current related beach drowning. Accident Analysis and Prevention 46: 45-51 (2012)
  • Hatfield J, Fernandes R, Faunce G, Job RFS. An implicit non-self-report measure of attitudes to speeding: Development and validation. Accident Analysis and Prevention 40: 616-627 (2008)
  • Du W, Hayen A, Hatfield J, Finch C. Association between different restraint use and rear-seated child passenger fatalities: a matched cohort study. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 162:1085-1089 (2008)