- Dr Christopher Watling
- Research Fellow (Advanced Technologies)
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling,
Research - CARRSQ
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
- Discipline *
- Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Public Health and Health Services
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- Identifiers and profiles
PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MAppSc(Research) (Queensland University of Technology), PostGradDipPsych (Queensland University of Technology), BBehavSc(Psych) (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
- Member – Australasian Sleep Association
- Foundation Member – Sleep Health Foundation
- Member – Society for Psychophysiological Research
- Affiliation – Stockholm University, Stress Research Institute, Division Sleep and Alertness, Sweden
Sleepiness, Arousal, Psychophysiology, Traffic Psychology, Driver Behaviour, Driver Impairment, Fatigue, Human Factors, Injury Prevention, Driving Simulators
Dr Christopher Watling is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland, Australia, and is the principal researcher for sleepiness and fatigue at the Centre. His main research focus is the impact of sleepiness and arousal on neurobehavioural and driving performance as well as attitudinal and behavioural precursors and facilitators involved with sleepy driving. Christopher has a strong background in the assessment and interpretation of psychophysiological data (i.e., NIRS, EEG, ECG, EOG, EMG, EDA/GSR, actigraphy, eye tracking) in the contexts of driving behaviours, human factors, and human-computer interaction. He also has extensive experience with conducting experimental research designs in driving simulators, hazard perception tests, and with field-based studies, evaluations of the effectiveness of a number of driver sleepiness countermeasures (naps, rest breaks, rumble strips) as well as conducting surveys of drivers’ attitudinal and behavioural outcomes.
Dr Watling teaches traffic psychology and is the unit coordinator for:
Chris also provides guest lecturing on the topic of sleep-wake functioning and sleep hygiene behaviours as well as the impact sleep deprivation can have on cognitive functioning and neurobehavioural performance impairment with a particular focus on sleepy driving.
Chris is also available to supervise PhD, Masters, and Honours students.
Christopher is an experienced polysomnographer. He has expertise with the application of a number of polysomnographic measurements (i.e., EEG, EOG, EMG, ECG, EDA, respiration, actigraphy) in research and clinical domains. His clinical experience entails conducting sleep studies for a range of sleep disorders (e.g., insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, REM behaviour disorder).
- Armstrong KA, Watling CN, Davey JD, (2018) Deterrence of drug driving: The impact of the ACT drug driving legislation and detection techniques, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour p138-147
- Watling C, (2018) Drivers' perceived legitimacy of enforcement practices for sleep-related crashes: What are the associated factors?, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine p34-38
- Watling CN, Armstrong KA, Smith SS, Wilson AS, (2016) The on-road experiences and awareness of sleepiness in a sample of Australian highway drivers: A roadside driver sleepiness study, Traffic Injury Prevention p24-30
- Watling CN, Armstrong KA, Smith SS, Obst PL, (2016) Crash risk perception of sleepy driving and its comparisons with drink driving and speeding: which behavior is perceived as the riskiest?, Traffic Injury Prevention p400-405
- Watling CN, Akerstedt T, Kecklund G, Anund A, (2016) Do repeated rumble strip hits improve driver alertness?, Journal of Sleep Research p241-247
- Watling CN, Smith SS, Horswill MS, (2016) Psychophysiological changes associated with self-regulation of sleepiness and cessation from a hazard perception task, Journal of Psychophysiology p66-75
- Watling CN, Armstrong KA, Radun I, (2015) Examining signs of driver sleepiness, usage of sleepiness countermeasures and the associations with sleepy driving behaviours and individual factors, Accident Analysis and Prevention p22-29
- Watling CN, Armstrong KA, Obst PL, Smith SS, (2014) Continuing to drive while sleepy: The influence of sleepiness countermeasures, motivation for driving sleepy, and risk perception, Accident Analysis and Prevention p262-268
- Watling CN, (2014) Sleepy driving and pulling over for a rest: Investigating individual factors that contribute to these driving behaviours, Personality and Individual Differences p105-110
- Watling CN, Smith SS, Horswill MS, (2014) Stop and revive? The effectiveness of nap and active rest breaks for reducing driver sleepiness, Psychophysiology: an international journal p1131-1138
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Awards and recognition
- Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
- Reference year
- Scientific committee member of the 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), Gothenburg, Sweden
- Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
- Reference year
- Appointed as an International Editorial Board Member of one of the oldest traffic and safety science journals, IATSS Research, which was first published in 1977.
- Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
- Reference year
- Invited as a speaker to the 6th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Driving and Fatigue Symposium. The International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology is held every four years and is considered the premier conference for traffic psychology.
- Bio-Signal Based Driver Drowsiness Detection and Alert System
MPhil, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Mark King, Dr Gregoire Larue
- Exploring Moral Dilemmas in Simulated Traffic Situations Involving the Use of Autonomous Vehicles While Measuring Neuropsychological Correlates of Driver Intervention Performance
MPhil, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Mark King
- Performance of Emergency Services Drivers in Urgent Duty Driving: Understanding non-response to auditory information
MPhil, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Mark King, Dr Darren Wishart