Personal details

Name
Dr Christopher Watling
Position(s)
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
Phone
+61 7 3138 7747
Fax
+61 7 3138 7532
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MAppSc(Research) (Queensland University of Technology), PostGradDipPsych (Queensland University of Technology), BBehavSc(Psych) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 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
Keywords

Sleepiness, Arousal, Psychophysiology, Traffic Psychology, Driver Behaviour, Driver Impairment, Fatigue, Human Factors, Injury Prevention, Driving Simulators

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Christopher Watling.

Teaching

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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Christopher Watling.

Experience

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).

This information has been contributed by Dr Christopher Watling.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Scientific committee member of the 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), Gothenburg, Sweden
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2017
Details
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.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
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.

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • 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