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Dr Karen Stephan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. She has over 20 years of research experience and has qualifications and skills in a number of disciplines: psychology, human factors, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Karen has been involved in research across a range of areas in injury prevention, predominantly in road safety. She has extensive experience with conducting research using a variety of methods, from controlled experiments designed to understand behaviour (e.g. using the driving simulator), to on-road field trials of technology, to large-scale evaluations of treatments and policy changes using pre-existing datasets. She has particular interest in how the design of the environment influences human behaviour and, consequently, safety. She is also interested in human perceptual abilities and the design of safe and efficient systems.

Research area keywords

  • Injury Prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Factors

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Research Output

A comparison of older drivers’ driving patterns during a naturalistic on-road driving task with patterns from their preceding four-months of real-world driving

Koppel, S., Liu, P. Y., Griffiths, D., Hua, P., St. Louis, R. M., Stephan, K., Logan, D. B., Di Stefano, M., Darzins, P., Porter, M. M., Mazer, B., Gélinas, I., Vrkljan, B., Marshall, S. & Charlton, J. L., May 2020, In : Safety Science. 125, 9 p., 104652.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Distraction and Crashes: Current State of Knowledge from Analytical Studies

Stephan, K., Jun 2020, Melbourne Vic Australia: MUARC. 67 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Using naturalistic driving data to examine how drivers share attention when engaging in secondary tasks

Young, K. L., Osborne, R., Grzebieta, R., Williamson, A., Haworth, N., Senserrick, T., Stephan, K. L. & Charlton, J. L., Sep 2020, In : Safety Science. 129, 9 p., 104841.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A simulator study of driving behavior and mental workload in mixed-use arterial road environments

O’Hern, S., Stephan, K., Qiu, J. & Oxley, J., 2019, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. 20, 6, p. 648-654 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to Inquiry into the Increase in Victoria’s Road Toll during 2019

Maxwell Cameron (Contributor), , Brian Fildes (Contributor), , David Logan (Contributor), , Sharon Newnam (Contributor), , Stuart Newstead (Contributor), , Karen Stephan (Contributor), & Kristie Young (Contributor)


Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries