Dr Cassandra Gauld

Dr Cassandra Gauld

Postdoctoral Research Associate

School of Psychology

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Cassandra Gauld is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the applied psychology field of road safety. Prior to her appointment at the University of Newcastle she worked at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) on various young driver projects focusing on smartphone use and drink driving.

 In 2017 she completed her PhD at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q).  Her thesis was entitled ‘A theory-based approach to the development and evaluation of public education messages aimed at social interactive technology use among young drivers’ for which she was nominated for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. Cassandra’s PhD addressed the prevalence of driver distraction resulting from the use of social interactive technology accessed on smartphones while driving (e.g., Facebook, text messages). Her research focused on young drivers aged 17 – 25 years given their high crash risk, relative to other road user groups, and their increased likelihood to use smartphones and the additional social interactive technologies. 

In 2014, she won the ‘John Kirby Award for the Best Paper by a New Researcher’ at the Road Safety, Research, and Policing, and Education conference for her paper entitled ‘Effect of mobile phone use and aggression on speed selection by young drivers: A  driving simulator study’. Her Honours thesis entitled ‘Concealed texting while driving: Applying an extended theory of planned behaviour’ won the 2012 RACQ Best 4th Year Psychology Thesis in Road Safety. 

Cassandra is the first author on several journal articles and conference presentations. She has been invited to present at numerous community and stakeholder seminars and regularly engages with the media regarding drivers’ smartphone use.  In 2016, she was invited to act as a judge for the QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Co-Lab initiative where young people designed advertising messages against mobile phone use while driving. 

Awards and Scholarships

2017: Nominated for a University Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (Queensland University of Technology)

2014: John Kirby Award for the Best Paper by a New Researcher (competitive) at the Australian Road Safety, Policing, and

          Education Conference.

2013 - 2016: Australian Postgraduate Award PhD Scholarship (competitive)

2012: RACQ Best 4th Year Psychology Thesis in Road Safety (competitive) 

2012: Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Honours Bursary (competitive)

2011: Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Academic Achievement (University of Southern Queensland)


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Keywords

  • applied social psychology
  • atttitude behaviour relationship
  • automated vehicles
  • driver distraction
  • mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • public education messages
  • road safety
  • smartphone
  • young drivers

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170113 Social and Community Psychology 50
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/02/2017 - 21/12/2018 Research Associate Queensland University of Technology
Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety; School of Psychology and Counselling
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Manton KJ, Gauld CS, White KM, Griffin PM, Elliott SL, 'Qualitative study investigating the underlying motivations of healthy participants in phase I clinical trials', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024224
2019 Gauld CS, Lewis LM, White KM, Fleiter JJ, Watson B, 'Public education messages aimed at smartphone use among young drivers: A mixed methods exploration of their effectiveness', TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART F-TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR, 60 311-326 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.trf.2018.10.027
2017 Gauld CS, Lewis I, White KM, Fleiter JJ, Watson B, 'Evaluating public education messages aimed at monitoring and responding to social interactive technology on smartphones among young drivers', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 104 24-35 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2017.04.011
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
2017 Gauld CS, Lewis I, White KM, Fleiter JJ, Watson B, 'Smartphone use while driving: What factors predict young drivers' intentions to initiate, read, and respond to social interactive technology?', COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 76 174-183 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2017.07.023
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12
2016 Gauld CS, Lewis IM, Whitey KM, Watson B, 'Young drivers' engagement with social interactive technology on their smartphone: Critical beliefs to target in public education messages', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 96 208-218 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2016.07.041
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2016 Gauld CS, Lewis IM, White KM, Watson B, 'Key beliefs influencing young drivers' engagement with social interactive technology on their smartphones: A qualitative study', TRAFFIC INJURY PREVENTION, 17 128-133 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/15389588.2015.1047014
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2015 Gauld C, Lewis I, Haque MM, Washington S, 'Effect of mobile phone use and aggression on speed selection by young drivers: a driving simulator study', JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN COLLEGE OF ROAD SAFETY, 26 40-46 (2015)
Citations Web of Science - 2
2014 Gauld CS, Lewis I, White KM, 'Concealing their communication: Exploring psychosocial predictors of young drivers' intentions and engagement in concealed texting', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 62 285-293 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2013.10.016
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 39
2014 Gauld CS, Lewis I, White KM, 'Concealed texting while driving: What are young people's beliefs about this risky behaviour?', SAFETY SCIENCE, 65 63-69 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2013.12.017
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Gauld C, Lewis I, White K, 'Identifying the determinants of concealed and obvious texting while driving : are they distinct behaviours?', Identifying the determinants of concealed and obvious texting while driving : are they distinct behaviours?, Adelaide (2013)

Other (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Gauld C, 'Smartphone use while driving: An overview', (2018) [O1]
2016 Gauld C, Lewis I, White K, Fleiter J, 'Public education messages for social interactive technology use on smartphones among young drivers: Are there gender differences?', (2016) [O1]
2016 Gauld C, 'Road safety messages aimed at social interactive technology on smartphones: An application of the SatMDT', (2016) [O1]
2016 Gauld C, 'Developing and evaluating public education messages aimed at smartphone use among young drivers', (2016) [O1]
2016 Gauld C, 'Public education messages aimed at smartphone use among young drivers.', (2016) [O1]
2016 Gauld C, 'Reducing smartphone use among young drivers: Are the messages having the desired effect?', (2016) [O1]
2014 Gauld C, Lewis I, White K, Watson B, 'Key beliefs influencing young adults' smartphone use while driving.', (2014) [O1]
2014 Gauld C, Lewis I, Haque M, Washington S, 'Effect of mobile phone use and aggression on speed selection by young drivers: a driving simulator study', (2014) [O1]
2013 Gauld C, 'Concealed texting while driving: Applying an extended theory of planned behaviour.', (2013) [O1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Gauld C, A theory-based approach to the development and evaluation of public education messages aimed at social interactive technology use on smartphones among young drivers., Queensland University of Technology (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $248,466

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20192 grants / $12,928

Investigating passengers’ beliefs and factors influencing their intention to use and acceptance of the Newcastle driverless shuttle.$7,933

Funding body: Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Project Team

Pammer, K., Gauld, C., Kaye, S-A., McKerral, A.

Scheme Faculty Strategic Investment Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

A pilot study investigating the feasibility and effectiveness of an online survey version of the induced hypocrisy paradigm to reduce smartphone use among young drivers.$4,995

Funding body: PRC Health Behaviour

Funding body PRC Health Behaviour
Project Team

Gauld, C., Pammer, K., Lewis, I., White, K., Watson, B.

Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $15,000

Carla Patterson Memorial Grant$15,000

Project entitled 'Monitoring/reading social interactive technology on smartphones among young drivers: Developing, Piloting, and evaluating the effectiveness of theory-based messages'

Funding body: Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT

Funding body Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT
Project Team

Gauld, C., Lewis, I., White, K.M., Watson, B., & Fleiter, J.

Scheme 2018 IHBI ECR Development Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $31,065

A Road Safety Intervention to Modify Attitudes and Behaviour Towards Mobile Phone Use While Driving$31,065

Funding body: Budget Direct

Funding body Budget Direct
Project Team

Kaye, S., Lewis, I., & Gauld, C.

Scheme A Road Safety Intervention to Modify Attitudes and Behaviour Towards Mobile Phone use While Driving
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20161 grants / $189,473

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Advertising Billboards on Road Safety Behaviour$189,473

Funding body: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Funding body Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Project Team

Kaye, S., Lewis, I., Haque, M., Watson, A., & Gauld, C.

Scheme Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Advertising Billboards on Road Safety Behaviour
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding C1600 - Aust Competitive - StateTerritory Govt
Category 1600
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Honours Driving Blind? Predictive Factors Influencing Concealed Smartphone Use Among Young Drivers Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 Honours Predicting the Monitoring/reading of a Smartphone Among Young Drivers using an Extended Theory of Planned Behaviour Psychology, Queensland University of Technology Principal Supervisor
2017 Honours Childcare Employee Ill-Being: The role of Psychological Need Thwarting and Mindfulness Psychology, Queensland University of Technology Principal Supervisor
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Dr Cassandra Gauld

Position

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email cass.gauld@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 3046

Office

Room SR 269
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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