Sjaanie Koppel


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Dr Sjaan Koppel holds a PhD in Psychophysiology and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Within this role, Sjaan is responsible for conducting a wide range of research projects broadly aimed at improving safe mobility and reducing transport-related injuries and deaths amongst vulnerable road users including older road users (e.g., drivers [passenger vehicle; heavy vehicle], occupants, cyclists, motorcyclists, mobility motor scooter users etc.), drivers with medical conditions and/or functional impairments, and child road users (e.g., vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists etc.).

Within her research, Sjaan uses a number of behavioural safety techniques (including questionnaires, paper- pencil neuropsychological assessments, complex computer-based assessments, interactive driving simulations, on-road driving assessments and naturalistic driving study [NDS] methodologies) to examine vulnerable road users within a Safe System framework.

As part of her Australian Research Council Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (ARC-APDI), Sjaan led the development of a novel on-road driving task (eDOS) to observe and evaluate older drivers' driving behaviour, as well as to monitor changes in individual driving behaviour over time. More recently, Sjaan has used older drivers' physiological responses (e.g., heart rate) to investigate the relationship between cognitive workload and driving behaviour during an on-road driving task.

Sjaan is on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), she is an Associate Editor for the Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP) journal, and is on the Scientific Committees for the TÜV SÜD Conference ‘Protection of Children in Cars' and the International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design.

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Projects 2004 2022

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

Can child restraint product information developed using consumer testing sustain correct use 6 months after child restraint purchase? Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Brown, J., Elkington, J., Hall, A., Keay, L., Charlton, J. L., Hunter, K., Koppel, S., Hayen, A. & Bilston, L. E., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Injury Prevention. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring crash characteristics and injury outcomes among older truck drivers: An analysis of truck-involved crash data in the United States

Newnam, S., Blower, D., Molnar, L., Eby, D. & Koppel, S., 1 Jul 2018, In : Safety Science. 106, p. 140-145 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Frontal and oblique crash tests of HIII 6-year-old child ATD using real-world, observed child passenger postures

Bohman, K., Arbogast, K. B., Loeb, H., Charlton, J. L., Koppel, S. & Cross, S. L., 28 Feb 2018, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. 19, S1, p. S125-S130 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Advancing Women’s Research Success (AWRS) Award

Sjaanie Narelle Koppel (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship - Industry

Sjaanie Narelle Koppel (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Early Career Researcher Award

Sjaanie Narelle Koppel (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award

Sjaanie Narelle Koppel (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)