Dr Cassandra Gauld
Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Psychology
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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
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)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
- applied social psychology
- atttitude behaviour relationship
- automated vehicles
- driver distraction
- mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative)
- public education messages
- road safety
- young drivers
Fields of Research
|170113||Social and Community Psychology||50|
|179999||Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified||50|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Postdoctoral Research Associate||University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
|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
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (10 outputs)
Murphy G, Gauld C, Lewis I, 'Predicting the monitoring/reading of communications on a smartphone among young drivers using an extended theory of planned behaviour', Accident Analysis and Prevention, 136 (2020)
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Australian drivers aged 17¿25 years are overrepresented in road crashes, with many crashes resulting from smartphone use. The current study, based on a prospec... [more]
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Australian drivers aged 17¿25 years are overrepresented in road crashes, with many crashes resulting from smartphone use. The current study, based on a prospective design and an extended TPB framework, predicted young drivers¿ intentions to, and actual behaviour of, monitoring/reading social interactive technology via a smartphone while driving. An online survey at Time 1 (N = 167) assessed the TPB constructs of attitude, subjective norm and perceived behaviour control (PBC), and the additional factors of habit, mindfulness and cognitive capture. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis showed that the TPB constructs accounted for 76.4% in the variance of young drivers¿ intentions. The extended model, which included habit, mindfulness and cognitive capture accounted for a significant 79% of the variance in intention, and these additional factors explained a significant amount of variance over and above the TPB constructs. The Time 2 survey (N = 95) assessed actual behaviour in relation to smartphone use in the one-week period between the Time 1 and 2 surveys. Results from a multiple regression analysis of Time 2 found that, as expected, intention was a significant predictor of the behaviour of monitoring/reading a smartphone while driving. The results support the TPB for predicting intention and actual behaviour in relation to monitoring/reading a smartphone while driving. The theoretical and practical implications of the current study are discussed as well as recommendations for future research.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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Conference (1 outputs)
|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)
|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]|
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Report (1 outputs)
|2018||Kaye S-A, Lewis I, Gauld C, Nandavar S, 'A road safety intervention to modify attitudes and behaviour towards mobile phone use while driving: brief report', Budget Direct (2018)|
Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|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)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||5|
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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|
Pammer, K., Gauld, C., Kaye, S-A., McKerral, A.
|Scheme||Faculty Strategic Investment Funding|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
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|
Gauld, C., Pammer, K., Lewis, I., White, K., Watson, B.
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
20181 grants / $15,000
Funding body: Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT
|Funding body||Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT|
Gauld, C., Lewis, I., White, K.M., Watson, B., & Fleiter, J.
|Scheme||2018 IHBI ECR Development Scheme|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
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|
Kaye, S., Lewis, I., & Gauld, C.
|Scheme||A Road Safety Intervention to Modify Attitudes and Behaviour Towards Mobile Phone use While Driving|
|Type Of Funding||External|
20161 grants / $189,473
Funding body: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
|Funding body||Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads|
Kaye, S., Lewis, I., Haque, M., Watson, A., & Gauld, C.
|Scheme||Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Advertising Billboards on Road Safety Behaviour|
|Type Of Funding||C1600 - Aust Competitive - StateTerritory Govt|
Number of supervisions
|Year||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|
|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|