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Kristie is a Senior Research Fellow and an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) from Deakin University and a PhD in Human Factors from Monash University.

Kristie has over 15 years experience in applied human factors research, primarily in the road transport domain. She has been involved in numerous projects at the centre including: the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study, the impact of wearable technology on driver performance, driver exposure to distracting activities, the acceptability of in-vehicle technologies, intelligent speed adaptation for repeat speeders and the TAC SafeCar project. Kristie also has extensive research experience in Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, particularly design to reduce distracted driving and cross-regional HMI design. Her main research interests include driver adaptation to in-vehicle technology, distracted driving, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, and vehicle automation. 

Kristie's DECRA project examines the potential for driver self-regulation to mitigate the effects of driver distraction. Driver distraction is a growing threat to road safety worldwide, contributing to approximately one quarter of all crashes. This project combines naturalistic driving and simulation methods to explore the role that positive driver self-regulation can play in mitigating the impact of distracted driving on performance and safety. The project outcomes will be used to develop a set of countermeasures to facilitate more effective driver self-regulation and reduce distraction-related road trauma.


  • Driver Adaption to In-Vehicle Technology
  • Driver Distraction
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) Design
  • Intelligent Transport Systems

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Projects 2002 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

Do mindfulness interventions improve road safety? A systematic review

Koppel, S., Bugeja, L., Hua, P., Osborne, R., Stephens, A. N., Young, K. L., Chambers, R. & Hassed, C., 1 Feb 2019, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 123, p. 88-98 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Associations between self-reported mindfulness, driving anger and aggressive driving

Stephens, A. N., Koppel, S., Young, K. L., Chambers, R. & Hassed, C., 1 Jul 2018, In : Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 56, p. 149-155 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive Work Analysis for systems analysis and redesign: Rail level crossing case study

Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Lenné, M. G., Mulvihill, C. M., Stevens, N., Walker, G. H., Young, K. L. & Stanton, N. A., 2018, Cognitive Work Analysis: Applications, Extensions and Future Directions. Stanton, N. A., Salmon, P. M., Walker, G. H. & Jenkins, D. P. (eds.). Boca Raton FL USA: CRC Press, p. 271-284 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Human factors enablers and barriers for successful airway management - an in-depth interview study

Schnittker, R., Marshall, S., Horberry, T. & Young, K. L., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Anaesthesia. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The impact of texting on driver behaviour at rail level crossings

Young, K. L., Lenné, M. G., Salmon, P. M. & Stanton, N. A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 118, p. 269-276 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review