1992 …2021

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Professor Jude Charlton is Director of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), a world leading centre for injury prevention research, graduate education and training. MUARC's research is interdisciplinary and systems-based, delivering real-world solutions to reduce the incidence and impact of injury across transport, workplace, home and community sectors.

Jude holds a B Ed from the University of Western Australia and a MSc and PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Jude leads the Behavioural Science for Transport Safety research theme at MUARC and her Team is recognized as the leading research group in Australia on the safety of older and impaired drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and child passengers. Their research has been influential in shaping policy and practice in the management of safe mobility of vulnerable road users in Australia and internationally. Jude manages several international collaborations including the Ozcandrive older driver cohort study conducted in collaboration with the Canadian-led project, Candrive - the first longitudinal study to track real-world driving and health of older Australians.

Jude's research on safe mobility includes projects focusing on individuals with vision impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson's Disease. These projects examine the role of vision, cognitive and physical functions in driving using state of the art driving simulators, instrumented vehicles and naturalistic driving methods. Jude also manages an international collaboration investigating children's safety in cars using novel naturalistic driving methods and covert video monitoring of child occupant behaviour and driver performance during everyday car trips.

Since joining MUARC in 2000, Jude has authored over 100 publications on road safety issues. She is engaged in many national and international research activities, collaborating with government bodies, health practitioners, the motor vehicle industry and road safety academics in Europe and North America. Jude serves on several road safety committees, including the Australasian College of Road Safety (Victorian Chapter) and the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) subcommittee on Driver Medical Review. As a Director of BrainLink, Jude contributes in a pro-bono capacity to community service initiatives for people with brain impairment from trauma and disease.

Research area keywords

  • older drivers
  • fitness-to-drive
  • child safety


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