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Mindfulness and road safety; Future mobility modes (e.g., automated vehicles); Child occupant protection; Older Drivers; Fitness to Drive


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Personal profile


Dr Sjaan Koppel holds a PhD in Psychophysiology and is an Associate Professor at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).

Within this role, Sjaan leads the Behavioural Science team and is passionate about improving the safe mobility of vulnerable road users including: older road users, drivers with medical conditions and/or functional impairments, and child road users.

In a 2021 review - that analysed 50 years (and over 25,000 pieces) of road safety literature, Sjaan was recognised as the world's leading author on research related to “Old, child & vulnerable road users, driver clinical/mental condition, fatigue & sleepiness”. 

Within her research, Sjaan uses many behavioural safety techniques including: questionnaires, neuropsychological assessments, interactive driving simulations, on-road driving assessments and naturalistic driving study [NDS] methodologies.

Sjaan is also collaborating with the mindfulness experts at Monash University and is leading a research program to explore the potential for mindfulness training to improve road safety behaviours across drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Sjaan is on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), is an Associate Editor for the Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP) journal, is on the Scientific Program Committee for the TÜV SÜD Conference ‘Protection of Children in Cars' and is an invited member of Safe Kids Worldwide's 'Children in Automated Vehicles' Consortium.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Road Safety
  • Mindfulness
  • Vulnerable Road Users
  • Child Occupants
  • Older Drivers


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