Dr Christopher Watling

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Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling

Personal details


Research Fellow (Advanced Technologies)
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling


Sleepiness, Arousal, Psychophysiology, Traffic Psychology, Driver Behaviour, Driver Impairment, Fatigue, Human Factors, Injury Prevention, Driving Simulators


Cognitive Science, Psychology, Public Health and Health Services

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


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • MAppSc(Research) (Queensland University of Technology)
  • PostGradDipPsych (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BBehavSc(Psych) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Member – Australasian Sleep Association
  • Foundation Member – Sleep Health Foundation
  • Member – Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • Member – Australasian College of Road Safety


Dr Watling teaches traffic psychology and is the unit coordinator for:

Chris also provides guest lecturing on the topic of sleep-wake functioning and sleep hygiene behaviours as well as the impact sleep deprivation can have on cognitive functioning and neurobehavioural performance impairment with a particular focus on sleepy driving.

Chris is also available to supervise PhD, Masters, and Honours students.



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Current supervisions

  • Understanding the Impact of Road Crash Trauma on Individuals, Families, and Communities: A Psychological Approach
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Barry Watson
  • The effects of sleep extension and lucid dreaming practice on sport performance in adolescent athletes
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Remco Polman
  • Exploring Moral Dilemmas in Simulated Traffic Situations Involving the Use of Autonomous Vehicles While Measuring Neuropsychological Correlates of Driver Intervention Performance
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Mark King
  • Performance of Emergency Services Drivers in Urgent Duty Driving: Understanding non-response to auditory information
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Mark King, Dr Darren Wishart