Judith L. Charlton

Associate Director, Behavioural Science for Transport Safety Research at Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) and Chair of the, Graduate Studies program at Monash Injury Research Institute. Jude completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on motor control of hand movement following neurological impairment. Jude’s current research focuses on the safe mobility of vulnerable road users. Specific interests include assessment of fitness-to-drive in older and impaired drivers, child occupant safety, and cyclist safety.  
Jude’s team is recognized as the leading research group in Australia on the safety of older and impaired drivers, and child passengers and pedestrians. The Behavioural Science team has played an important role in influencing planning, policy and infrastructure development for vulnerable road users in Australia and internationally. Jude manages several major international collaborations including the Ozcandrive older driver cohort study conducted in collaboration with the Canadian-led project, Candrive - the very first longitudinal study to track the relationship between real-world driving performance and health. 
Since joining MUARC in 2000, Jude has written over 100 publications on road safety issues including peer-reviewed publications and reports for industry and government. She is engaged in many national and international research activities, collaborating with government bodies, health practitioners, the motor vehicle industry and road safety academics in Europe and North America. Jude is a regular invited speaker at local, national and international meetings on road safety, specifically on older drivers, medical conditions and driving and child safety in cars. She serves on several road safety committees, including the Australian College of Road Safety, and the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) Sub-Committee on Driver Medical Review. As a Director of BrainLink, Jude contributes in a pro-bono capacity to community service initiatives for people with brain impairment from trauma and disease.

last update: Septmber 2013

Articles published on IXD&A:

Training designers for vulnerable generations: a quest for a more inclusive design, N. 21, pp. 25-36, 2014, abstractdownload