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Damian Poulter

Dr Damian Poulter BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Damian Poulter

Dr Damian Poulter
BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Reader, Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Damian Poulter is a Reader in Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

His research focuses primarily on human perception and performance, particularly in road traffic environments. His research has received funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) for instance, for projects investigating the crash risk of novice and young drivers. He also conducts research on perceptual factors relating to safe navigation by road users such as child pedestrians and older drivers.

Damian joined the university in 2011 and is course coordinator for Research Methods in Psychology 2 on the BSc Hons Psychology programme. He also lectures on statistics and quantitative research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as on visual perception for the Introduction to Psychology course.

Posts held previously:

  • 2012-2016, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 2011-2012, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 2008-11, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2007-08, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • 2004-07, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Reading
  • Reader, Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Course leader for Research Methods in Psychology 2, BSc Hons Psychology programme
  • Faculty Research & Enterprise Committee
  • Athena SWAN departmental representative
  • Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Ad Hoc reviewer: 

  • Child Development
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Accident Analysis and Prevention
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Transport Research Part F: Injury Prevention

Damian's research interests are perception and action, and on applied cognitive psychology in the context of human behaviour in road traffic environments. He has investigated developmental trends in perceptual judgements of vehicle speeds and how children, young adults and older adults detect and gauge the speed of approaching vehicles.

More recently he has lead an ESRC-funded research project investigating the elevated crash liability of newly qualified drivers, conducted in collaboration with the University of Sheffield; Institute of Psychiatry; King's College London; and the Transport Research Laboratory. He has also worked with a number of other external partners in the road safety community including Transport for London, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership, and Thames Valley Police.

Funded research projects

  • Medical Research Council: Reducing newly-qualified driver crash risk; Identifying behavioural targets, with Richard Rowe, Chris Stride and Andrew Thompson, from the University of Sheffield, 2015
  • University of Greenwich REF Competitive Funding Round 2015-16: The effectiveness of hazard perception training interventions; a meta-analysis, with Trevor Thompson and James Demetre from the University of Greenwich, 2015.
  • Research & Enterprise Investment Programme 2013/14 RAE Competitive Round: Cognitive skill decay in older adults; a framework to explain, predict and improve performance and safety, with Trevor Thompson/University of Greenwich, and Paul Ward/University of Huddersfield, 2013
  • Economic and Social Research Council: Modelling the development of crash liability and risky driving behaviour in novice drivers, with Richard Rowe/University of Sheffield, and Edward Barker/Birkbeck, University of London, 2012
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents/BNFL: Perceptual judgments by elderly road users when observing vehicle approach, with John Wann/Royal Holloway, University of London, 2010

Roman, G.D., Poulter, D.R., Barker, E., McKenna, F.P. and Rowe, R. (2015). Novice drivers' individual trajectories of driver behaviour over the first three years of driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 82, pp. 61-69.

Rowe, R., Roman, G.D., McKenna, F.P., Barker, E. and Poulter, D.R. (2015). Measuring errors and violations on the road: A bifactor modeling approach to the Driver Behavior Questionnaire. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 74, pp. 118-125. 

Poulter, D.R. and Wann, J.P (2013). Errors in motion processing amongst older drivers may increase accident risk. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 57, pp. 150-156.

Gould, M., Poulter, D.R., Helman, S. and Wann, J.P. (2013). Detection of Vehicle Approach in the Presence of Additional Motion and Simulated Observer Motion at Road Junctions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 19, pp. 171-184.

Purcell, C., Wann, J.P., Wilmut, K. and Poulter, D.R. (2012). Reduced Looming Sensitivity in Primary School Children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Developmental Science, 15, pp. 299-306.

Gould, M., Poulter, D.R., Helman, S. and Wann, J.P. (2012). Judgments of approach speed for motorcycles across different lighting levels and the effect of an improved tri-headlight configuration. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 48, pp. 341-345.

Gould, M., Poulter, D.R., Helman, S. and Wann, J.P. (2012). Errors in judging the approach rate of motorcycles in nighttime conditions and the effect of an improved lighting configuration. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 45, pp. 432-437.

Wann, J.P., Poulter, D.R. and Purcell, C. (2011). Reduced sensitivity to visual looming inflates the risk posed by speeding vehicles when children try to cross the road. Psychological Science, 22, pp. 429-434.

Purcell, C., Wann, J.P., Wilmut, K. and Poulter, D.R. (2011). Roadside judgments in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, pp. 1283-1292.

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Poulter, D.R. (2015).Novice driving behaviour and crash liability over time. Transport Research Laboratory Annual Symposium 2015, Royal Society of Medicine, London: England.

Poulter, D.R. (2015). Novice driving behaviour and crash liability over time. Driving Instructors Association Spring Conference: Driving through the Ages, Leicester: England. 

Poulter, D.R., Roman, G. and Rowe, R. (2014). Modelling different developmental trajectories of crash liability: Identifying high-risk novice drivers. Life History Research Society Biennial Meeting, Pittsburgh: USA.

Poulter, D.R., Rowe, R. and Roman, G. (2014). Driver behaviour and trajectories of crash involvement in newly qualified drivers. 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris: France.

Poulter, D.R. and Wann, J.P (2012). Older drivers' perceptual sensitivity to vehicle approach. 5th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Groningen: Netherlands.

Poulter, D.R., Purcell, C. and Wann, J.P. (2011). Developmental trends in detection thresholds for looming objects. Vision Sciences Society, Florida: USA.

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