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We are currently exploring a number of new potential research projects in the WACRSR, and we need your help to make them happen.

There will be a number of opportunities available for new staff members and UWA students at the centre, with potential for projects covering driver fatigue, road rage, autonomous vehicles, distraction and more.

If you would like to participate in this vital research to make our state safer, we want to hear from you. Find out more about the current opportunities below.

Areas of Supervision

Here are the latest research projects we are potentially looking to explore at the WACRSR. If you would like to get involved, contact us today.

Incidence of Mental Health Issues among Road Trauma Support WA Clients
Injury Matters hosts a Road Trauma Support WA program that provides psychological support to any WA residents involved in a road crash, or others affected by the crash, such as family and friends. They are looking to better understand when clients joining the program had any pre-existing mental health issues prior to the crash (i.e., not just as a result of the crash), so that they can better align counselling and other treatment options. The project involves reviewing de-identified client records and entering information in a database to better identify their pathways through the Road Trauma Support Service. Records such as the initial Road Trauma Support client enquiry, intake assessments, and clinical notes would be the source of data. The outcomes of this research will be used to inform Injury Matters business services to ensure that they are meeting client needs into the future.
Understanding the extent of the impact of Road Trauma among the Western Australian Community (Quantifying the Ripple Effect)

Injury Matters wishes to better understand the number of people who are affected following a road crash. There is little evidence to inform how many people are affected by a single road crash. Through their experience in Road Trauma Support WA (RTS WA), they are aware that people affected can include those directly involved in the crash, witnesses, family, friends, first responders, and hospital staff. Evidence to support and understand the impact of road trauma is beneficial to inform contemporary road safety prevention and post-crash recovery strategy and intervention design.

ADHD Autism and driver licensing

This project will build on 2023 Honours projects relating to experiences of young adults aged 18-24 years with ADHD and/or autism diagnoses about their experiences with the WA driver licensing process. Qualitative interviews were conducted with volunteer participants recruited via the SPS SONA student and community panels. The findings revealed that many struggled with the licensing processes, irrespective of their ability to drive safely. Interviewees shared recommendations to improve the driver licensing process to be fairer and more inclusive of neurodivergent applicants so that they are assessed solely based on their driving skills and capabilities. This project will apply wider methods to explore more diverse views, particularly those of First Peoples.

Peer support groups for people with brain injury and their carers

Kings Park Warriors is a community group that runs weekly peer group catch ups for people with brain injury (including stroke, aneurism, road injury) and more recently fortnightly groups for their carers. These started at the Botanical Café in Kings Park, but weekly groups have expanded to other areas for ease of access. Due to demand, the group has registered as a charity in 2024 and a Synapse representative attends meetings to track numbers. The proposed project is to talk with group members early in joining the groups and a few months later, to get their perspectives on the potential value of the groups. With these results and the accompanying literature review regarding the value of peer support groups, it is hoped that the group can use the findings to apply for an operating grant with Synapse.

Review of WestCycle programs to increase cycling
WestCycle runs several community events for children and adults to promote bicycle riding. In 2024 these include Open Streets, Principle Shared Path (PSP) Activation Events, and the Rider Engagement Program. This project involves attending the events to get feedback from participants about the events, as well as some information from student groups about their perceptions of riding and what they believe would increase their bike riding. We have added a prompt to explore any potential offset or avoidance of eRideables.
Cannabis and driving procedural justice
This research aims to understand the problem of drug driving by analysing drivers’ perceptions of cannabis legalisation and associated risks for road safety. This will be investigated alongside understanding the extent to which cannabis users perceive Roadside Drug Testing to be procedurally just and that the policing of drug driving and the associated laws are legitimate. The research will also seek to identify other types of drugs used by drivers, the age of first use and levels of dependence.
Drug driving enforcement and alternative transport

This research aims to understand the problem of drug driving by analysing data on drug drivers' knowledge of fines and penalties applied to drug driving and the type of drugs they think that Roadside Drug Testing (RDT) tests for. The research will also seek to identify alternative transport options and avoidance strategies applied by drug drivers. It may also include some demographic analyses such as rural versus urban, purpose of driving after taking drugs, vehicle type, number of crashes, and number of near misses related to drug driving.

Testing new road designs for cyclists through simulation

Examining the impact of several road infrastructure designs on cyclist behaviour, as well as their acceptance of these designs, through a state-of-the-art bicycle simulator.

Measuring motorists’ passing distance of cyclists

Measuring the distance between cyclists and passing motor vehicles since the introduction of minimum passing distance laws.

Road rage and aggressive driving

A naturalistic study to examine the prevalence, circumstances, and consequences of road rage, and identifying characteristics associated with aggressive driving.

Reducing fatigue risk for young drivers

Investigating whether improving sleep habits – and therefore reducing fatigue – in younger drivers can better their driving performance.

Fatigue and inattentional blindness

Investigating to what extent ‘looked but did not see’ (inattentional blindness) crashes are the result of fatigue.

Distraction of animated vs static digital billboards

This project will use experimental techniques to assess the driver distraction potential of static vs animated digital billboards.

Training unconscious attentional biases

Testing whether it is possible to accelerate appropriate hazard reaction in novice drivers by using unconscious attentional training.

Preparing drivers for autonomous vehicles

Several projects using a simulator to ‘drive’ autonomous vehicles (AVs), and test interactions with other road users in order to assess road safety risks.

Medicinal marijuana and crash risk

Assessing the risk of taking medicinal marijuana and driving, and pinpointing the dosage where driving performance is impaired. The study may also similarly examine the use of fentanyl and oxycodone.

Year Authors Project Title Amount Funder
2023   Roberts P Efficacy and safety performance of ‘sharks teeth’ road markings  $71, 157  MRWA
2023 Roberts P Zig Zag Line Marking Evaluation - data analysis $20, 150 MRWA
2022 Stevenson M, Meuleners L,
Senserrick T
Delivering a population-based intervention to reduce young driver crashes (FEEDBACK Trial) $865,506 NHMRC
2022 Chao Sun (PATREC)
Roberts P,
Albrecht M,
Vanessa Bowden (SPS),
Laura Fruhen (SPS)
Evaluation of Road Safety Treatments $150,000 PATREC and Main Roads WA
2022 Meuleners L, Stevenson M, Stafford A Driving performance and self-regulation practices in drivers with dementia



Australian Research Council

Road Safety Commission WA

2022 Meuleners L, Fraser M, Stevenson M, Roberts P

Personalised driving safety: Using telematics to reduce risky behaviour among young drivers

$99,659 Neurotrauma Research Program 
2021 Roberts P, Meuleners L

Development of a safety risk rating tool for local government

$90, 143 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
2019 Stevenson M,
Johnson M, Oxley J, Meuleners L, Gabbe B, Rose G,
Dill J, Katz R
Safer Cycling and the Urban Road Environment: A Bike Simulator Study $95,000 Australian Research Council 

Completed reports

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the State Black Spot program in WA.
  • Analysis of crashes on horizontal curves on the State rural network
  • Submission to Inquiry into the impact of road safety behaviours on vulnerable road users
  • Predicting traffic volume on WA’s State road network
  • Albrecht, M., Amoh-Gyimah, R., Argus, F., Price, A., & Roberts, P. (2023). Predicting traffic volume on WA’s State road network.

Albrecht, M., Amoh-Gyimah, R., Lajszczak, H., & Roberts, P. (2022). Comparison of Black Spot treatment eligibility criteria in Western Australia.

Albrecht, M., Amoh-Gyimah, R., Lajszczak, H., & Roberts, P. (2022). Evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Black Spot program in Western Australia – 2015-2020.

Albrecht, M., Kekez, D., Walton-Blane, A., Picen, T., Vinci, B., Bonner, A., & Black, M. H. (2022). Driving simulator assessment of innovative intersection designs.


Fraser M, Lyford M, Meuleners L. (2021). Keys4Life Evaluation: Report 2. Report to the Road Safety Commission. View report


Tijia D, Legge M, Meuleners L. (2020). Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of the Metropolitan Intersection Crash (MIC) Program in Western Australia from 2012/13 to 2018/19. Report to the Road Safety Commission.

Roberts P, Strange C, Tijia D, Lyford M. (2020). Process Review of the Western Australian Alcohol Interlock Scheme – Phase One. Report to the Road Safety Commission.

Roberts P, Legge M, Goodsell R, Strange C. (2020). Holistic Road Safety Predictive Models: Identifying Significant Non-infrastructure Variables. Report to the Road Safety Commission.

Fraser M, Lyford M, Meuleners L. (2020). Keys4Life Evaluation: Report 1. Report to the Road Safety Commission. View report

Goodsell R, Roberts P. (2020). Countermeasures to reduce inattentional blindness in drivers. Report to the Road Safety Commission.

Road Safety Commission (since 2013)

The Road Safety Commission website stores historic research dating back to 2013. Research is categorised by the four elements of the safe system. Reports can be found on the Road Safety Commission website via the links below.

Peer- reviewed publications


Cullen, P., Mőller, H., Baffsky, R., Martiniuk, A., Senserrick, T., Rogers, K., Woodward, M., Stevenson, M. R., McLean, R., Sawyer, S., Patton, G., & Ivers, R. Q. (2023). Self-harm in adolescence and risk of crash: a 13-year cohort study of novice drivers in New South Wales, Australia. Injury Prevention, ip–2022–044807–.

Masterton, G., Brady, M., Watson-Brown, N., Senserrick, T., & Tranter, K. (2023). Driver Licences, Diversionary Programs and Transport Justice for First Nations Peoples in Australia. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Meuleners, L., Fraser, M., Stevenson, M., & Roberts, P. (2023). Personalized driving safety: Using telematics to reduce risky driving behaviour among young drivers. Journal of Safety Research.

Meuleners, L., Fraser, M., & Roberts, P. (2023). Improving cycling safety through infrastructure design: A bicycle simulator study. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 18, 100768–.

Stevenson M, Mortimer D, Meuleners L, Harris A, Senserrick T, Thompson J, De Silva A, Barrera-Jimenez H, Streatfield A, Perera M. FEEDBACK Trial - A randomised control trial to investigate the effect of personalised feedback and financial incentives on reducing the incidence of road crashes. BMC Public Health, 2023;23:2035.

Molloy, O., Molesworth, B., Williamson, A., & Senserrick, T. (2023). Improving young drivers’ speed compliance through a single dose of feedback. Transportation Research. Part F, Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 95, 228–238.

Nandavar, S., Kaye, S.-A., Senserrick, T., & Oviedo-Trespalacios, O. (2023). Exploring the factors influencing acquisition and learning experiences of cars fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Transportation Research. Part F, Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 94, 341–352.

Senserrick, T., Mőller, H., Boufous, S., Stevenson, M., Williamson, A., Patton, G., ... & Ivers, R. Q. (2023). Learning with a supervisor perceived to have traffic offences and young driver crashes: The DRIVE Study 13-year follow-up. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Senserrick, T., Watson-Brown, N., Kaye, S.-A., & Oviedo-Trespalacios, O. (2023). Upskilling Professional Driving Instructors of Young Learner Drivers: What Are We Waiting For? Journal of Road Safety (Australasian College of Road Safety. Online), 34(2).

Roberts, P. L., & Meuleners, L. B. (2023). Optimising alcohol interlock program performance. Journal of road safety, 34(4), 51-60.



Kekez, D., Walton-Blane, A., Picen, T., Vinci, B., Bonner, A., Albrecht, M. A., & Black, M. H. (2022). 
Simulator assessment of innovative intersection designs on driver speeds and trajectories. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 176, 106798–106798.

Feng, Y. R., Meuleners, L., Stevenson, M., Heyworth, J., Murray, K., Fraser, M., & Maher, S. (2021). A Longitudinal Study Examining Self-Regulation Practices in Older Drivers with and without Suspected Mild Cognitive Impairment. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 16, 2069–2078.

Imants, P., Goodsell, R. S., & Chevalier, A. (2022). Characteristics of suicide-related crashes and their potential interventions: A literature review. Traffic Injury Prevention, 23(5), 232–237.


Quyen To, Van-Anh Huynh, Dung Do, Vu Do, Nathan Congdon, Lynn Meuleners, Corneel Vandelanotte, Hiep Hong, Ho Nguyen & Kien To. (2021). Falls and physical activity among cataract patients in Vietnam, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 29:70-77. 10.1080/09286586.2021.1893341

Feng, Y. R., Meuleners, L., Stevenson, M., Heyworth, J., Murray, K., Fraser, M. & Maher, S. (2021). Driving exposure, patterns and safety critical events for older drivers with and without mild cognitive impairment: Findings from a naturalistic driving study. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 151: 105965. 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105965

Meuleners L, Ng J, Fraser M, Tijia D, Feng YR, Morlet N. (2021). Changes in driving performance after first and second eye cataract surgery: a driving simulator study. Journal of Safety Research, 78, 146-154. 10.1016/j.jsr.2021.04.006


Blackman, R., Legge, M. & Debnath, A. K. (2020). Comparison of three traffic management plans showing shadow and police vehicle effects on driver behavior at highway single lane closures. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2674(9), 15-25. 10.1177/0361198120925473

Feng, Y. R. & Meuleners, L. (2020). Planning for driving cessation in older drivers. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 2, 62-70. 10.1016/j.trf.2020.05.005

Feng, Y. R., Meuleners, L., Stevenson, M., Heyworth, J., Murray, K., & Maher, S. (2020). Driver self-regulation practices in older drivers with and without mild cognitive impairment. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 15, 217-224. 0.2147/CIA.S236998

Fraser, M. L. & Meuleners, L. B. (2020). Characteristics of unsafe events involving a motor vehicle for group riders in Western Australia: a naturalistic study. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 74, 40-51. 10.1016/j.trf.2020.08.004

Fraser, M. L. & Meuleners, L. B. (2020). Getting back on the bike: Participation in cycling after a hospitalisation crash. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 146, 105726. 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105726

Fraser, M. L. & Meuleners, L. B. (2020). Risk factors for unsafe events involving a motor vehicle for group riders (cyclists): a naturalistic case-crossover study. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 146, 105758. 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105758

Meuleners, L. B., Fraser, M., Johnson, M., Stevenson, M., Rose, G., & Oxley, J. (2020). Characteristics of the road infrastructure and injurious cyclist crashes resulting in a hospitalisation. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 136, 105407. 10.1016/j.aap.2019.105407

Meuleners, L. B., Fraser, M. L. & Roberts, P. (2020). Impact of the Rural Intersection Active Warning System (RIAWS) on driver speed: a driving simulator study. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 141, 105541. 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105541

Meuleners, L. B. & Roberts, P. (2020). Diverging diamond interchanges: a driving simulator study. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 71, 250-258. 10.1016/j.trf.2020.04.007

Meuleners, L., Roberts, P. & Fraser, M. (2020). Identifying the distracting aspects of electronic advertising billboards: a driving simulation study. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 145, 105710. 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105710

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