I completed my first degree in psychology at LaTrobe University Melbourne and then progressed to a Master of Psychology degree in clinical psychology. For the next ten years I practised as a clinical psychologist in various healthcare settings and in my own private practice before completing my PhD in human factors psychology under the supervision of Professor Penny Sanderson at the University of Queensland (CERG). My PhD research investigated perceptual and attentional aspects of sonification design for anaesthesia monitoring.
After working briefly in road safety research at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne I moved to the UK to work at the Robens Centre for Health Ergonomics at the University of Surrey. After three years I joined the NIHR funded Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre at King’s College London first as a Research Fellow, then as Director of the Risk Programme. When the Centre funding period ended in mid 2012 I moved to the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery as a Senior Lecturer.
I also hold an honorary advisory position at the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL) at St.Thomas’s Hospital and am an adjunct Professor in Welfare Technology at the Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway (UiS).
I am a registered member of:
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and a member of the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group, Healthcare Technical Group, and the Perception and Performance Technical Group
- Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) and currently leader of the Healthcare Special Interest Group.