Personal details

Dr Christopher Watling
Research Fellow (Advanced Technologies)
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
Discipline *
Cognitive Science, 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
and associations
  • Member – Australasian Sleep Association
  • Foundation Member – Sleep Health Foundation
  • Member – Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • Member – Australasian College of Road Safety

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


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.


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.


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.


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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.


Current supervisions

  • The effects of sleep extension and lucid dreaming practice on sport performance in adolescent athletes
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Remco Polman
  • Biomedical Signal Based Drowsiness Detection Using Machine Learning: Singular and Hybrid Signal Approaches
    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