Personal details

Dr Judy Fleiter
Visiting Fellow
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 *
Psychology, Public Health and Health Services
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member – Australasian College of Road Safety
  • Member – Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (ihbi)
  • Member – Australia-China Friendship Society

road user behaviour, road safety, speed management, speeding, community attitudes, attitude change, normative change, cross cultural road safety issues, traffic policing, road policing

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



Judy is fascinated by the amazing array of vehicles that humans have created for themselves as well as the way in which different countries use the road and related perceptions about what is safe road use.

Her work is aligned with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) which emphasises the need for developed countries to help developing countries in the task of reducing death and injury from road crashes. Judy:

  • Completed a Bachelor of Arts (Recreation Management) in the mid 1980s
  • Worked for over a decade in the Aged Care and Disability sectors
  • Returned to university to further her interests in human behaviour
  • Completed a Psychology undergraduate degree with First Class Honours in 2004 at QUT
  • Completed a PhD with QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland in 2010. This research examined similarities and differences in the factors that influence speeding on the road in Australia and China.
  • Was based at the Institute of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing for 5 months and found the experience to be extremely rewarding and horizon-altering.

Current research

  • Awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Research Training Fellowship in 2011 to continue her speeding-related research in China and Australia over four years.
  • Was based at Zhejiang Police College in the Chinese city of Hangzhou during 2011 and 2012 to examine road safety behaviours and assist with capacity building activites for traffic policing students
  • Continuing to investigate driver behaviour, road safety policies and practices in China and Australia
  • Judy returned to CARRS-Q at QUT in Brisbane in 2013 to continue research primarily in the area of speed management as well as other road user behaviours (eg rear end crashes, novice driver training).

Other research involvement at CARRS-Q:

  • Consultancy for the World Health Organization for research services to help inform the Global Road Safety Program in China
  • Consultancy for Austroads to examine ways to create, sustain and/or increase demand for safer speeds on the road
  • Consultancy for Austroads to examine best practice methods for point-to-point speed enforcement
  • ARC-funded project to examine repeat speeding offenders prior to and after speeding penalty changes in Queensland
  • Research investigating the factors contributing to rear end crashes in Queensland
  • Research to investigate avenues for improving novice driver training
  • Research to investigate potential incentives for drivers to promote safer road use
  • Provided written and verbal evidence to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of fixed speed cameras in 2010
  • Secured AusAID funding to facilitate a 5-week Australian Leadership Award Fellowship program visit by police, researchers and educators from Pakistan and China to CARRS-Q in Brisbane in 2009
  • Facilitating similar opportunities for cultural and research exchange remains high on Judy’s research agenda.
This information has been contributed by Dr Judy Fleiter.


  •  2007 – 2010 Unit Co-ordinator and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and the Law undergraduate unit
  • Research methods (qualitative and quantitative) to Undergraduate psychology program
  • Guest lectures in road safety and speeding research (Postgraduate short courses and Undergraduate programs) 


This information has been contributed by Dr Judy Fleiter.


Research presentations

Invited presentations:

  • ‘Traffic psychology in the Chinese context – Factors to consider when attempting to transfer road safety countermeasures’ in a Symposium (Advances in Traffic Psychology in the Asia Pacific Region) at the International Conference of Applied Psychology, Paris (2014)
  • Traffic Management Institute, Ministry of Transport in Beijing (2010)
  • China Automobile Association in Beijing (2008)
  • Zhejiang Police College Senior Staff (2007, 2008, 2010)
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) (2005 and 2009).

Other presentations:

  • International Traffic Medicine Association World Congress (The Hague, 2009 & Chongqing, 2011)
  • Australasian Road Safety Research Policing, Education conference (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  • 7th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences (2008)

 Research Supervision

Currently supervising international higher degree research students looking at risky road use in their home countries:

  • Pakistan – Topic: Fatalistic, religious, superstitious and cultural beliefs relating to road use in Pakistan (Masters by Research)
  • China – Topic: Drink driving in China (PhD); Role of Cultural Factors on Risky Driving (Masters)


This information has been contributed by Dr Judy Fleiter.


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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2004 RACQ Road Safety Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Road Safety Research
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Australian Postgraduate Award
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
John Kirby Memorial Award for Best Paper by a New Researcher, Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Postgraduate Award

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Enhancing Knowledge about the Role of Human Factors Enforcement Practices & Legislation in Australia & China to Inform Development of Culturally-specific Speed Managment Strategies Reduce Road Trauma
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Road safety; Speeding; Enforcement; Driver Behaviour