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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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Projects 2005 2020

Research Output 2003 2019

  • 22 Article
  • 8 Conference Paper
  • 5 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

Rural centres do not have a higher prevalence of post-operative complications than urban centres: a retrospective analysis of a mortality audit

Ferrah, N. C. R., Stephan, K., Lovell, J., Beiles, C. B. & Ibrahim, J. E., 1 Jul 2019, In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 89, 7-8, p. 833-841 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Safety solutions on mixed use urban arterial roads

Turner, B., Partridge, R., Turner, S., Corben, B., Woolley, J., Stokes, C., Oxley, J., Stephan, K. & Steinmetz, L., Aug 2019, In : Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety. 30, 3, p. 11-17 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Vehicle Identification and Vehicle Identity Theft and Misuse: Literature Review and Consultations With Technology Providers and Stakeholders

O'Hern, S., Rampollard, C., Stephan, K., Newstead, S., Fotheringham, N., Steel, S. & Suklan, J., Dec 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia : Monash University. 75 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Are older drivers’ driving patterns during an on-road driving task representative of their real-world driving patterns?

Koppel, S., Charlton, J. L., Hua, P., Liu, P. Y., Pham, H., Stephan, K., Logan, D., St. Louis, R. M., Gao, G., Griffiths, D., Williams, G., Witharanage, T., Di Stefano, M., Darzins, P., Odell, M., Porter, M. M., Mazer, B., Gelinas, I., Vrkljan, B. & Marshall, S., 21 Mar 2018, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. 19, S2, p. S173-S175 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review