Damian Poulter

Dr Damian Poulter BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Associate Head of School in Research & Knowledge Exchange

Dr Damian Poulter is Associate Head of the School for Research & Knowledge Exchange in the School of Human Sciences and is a Reader in Psychology. His research focuses primarily on human perception and performance, particularly in road traffic environments. His research has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) for projects investigating the crash risk of novice and young drivers. He is currently leading a Road Safety Trust-funded grant on promoting the use of Intelligent Speed Assistance among UK drivers.

Posts held previously:

  • 2021 - 2023 Academic Portfolio Lead, School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich
  • 2019 - 2023 Centre Lead, Centre for Thinking & Learning, Institute for Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich
  • 2012 - 2016 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 2011 - 2012 Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 2008 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2007 - 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • 2004 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Reading

Responsibilities within the university

    Associate Head of School for Research & Knowledge Exchange, School of Human Sciences Reader in Psychology


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for journals including: BMC Psychology; Accident Analysis & Prevention; Transport Research Part F; Child Development; PLoS One

Research / Scholarly interests

Damian's research interests are in applied cognitive psychology, particularly 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. He has acted as primary investigator and co-investigator on UKRI-funded research projects and has ongoing collaborations with researchers at the University of Sheffield, King's College, London, Royal Holloway, Erasmus University 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. He also holds an NCRM placement fellowship, acting as an expert advisor to the Department for Transport on a nationwide randomised controlled trial of road safety interventions.

Key funded projects

  • 2021 Road Safety Trust (RST 235_8_21), "Promoting Intelligent Speed Assistance to Reduce UK Road Traffic Crashes”. PIs Richard Rowe & Damian Poulter. £195,932.
  • 2019 School of Hard Knocks & University of Greenwich Vice Chancellors Scholarship: “Evaluation of sport mentoring-based interventions for children at risk of low educational attainment, and unemployed adults”. PI Claire Rossato, CI Damian Poulter. £36,211
  • 2018 Department for Transport. Placement Fellowship: Improving young driver safety – phase 2. PI Damian Poulter. £2,170
  • 2017 Economic & Social Research Council / National Centre for Research Methods. “Placement Fellowship: Improving young driver safety”. PI Damian Poulter. £8,950.
  • 2015 Medical Research Council (MR/N011198/1). “Reducing newly-qualified driver crash risk: Identifying behavioural targets”. PI Richard Rowe, CI Damian Poulter £149,960.
  • 2012 Economic and Social Research Council (ES/K004565/1). “Modelling developmental trajectories of novice drivers with high and low crash liability”. PI Damian Poulter. £144,405.
  • 2010 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. “Perceptual judgments by elderly road users when observing vehicle approach”. PIs: Damian Poulter & John Wann. £20,000.

Recent publications


Day, Marianne , Norman, Paul, Poulter, Damian, Özkan, Özgün , Rowe, Richard (2023), The adoption and application of Intelligent Speed Assistance by private motorists: user and non-user perspectives. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 99 . pp. 262-273 ISSN: 1369-8478 (Print), 1873-5517 (Online) (doi: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/transportation-research-part-f-traffic-psychology-and-behaviour).

Lazuras, Lambros , Rowe, Richard, Ypsilanti, Antonia, Smythe, Isabelle , Poulter, Damian , Reidy, John (2022), Driving self-regulation and risky driving outcomes. Elsevier - International Association of Applied Psychology. In: , , , . Elsevier - International Association of Applied Psychology, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 91 . pp. 461-471 ISSN: 1369-8478 (Print), 1873-5517 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2022.10.027).

Rowe, Richard , Stride, Christopher, Day, Marianne, Thompson, Andrew , McKenna, Frank , Poulter, Damian (2022), Why are newly qualified motorists at high crash risk? Modelling driving behaviours across the first six months of driving. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 177: 106832 ISSN: 0001-4575 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2022.106832).

Kalocsanyiova, Erika , Essex, Ryan, Poulter, Damian (2021), Risk and health communication during covid-19: a linguistic landscape analysis. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Health Communication, 38 (6) . pp. 1080-1089 ISSN: 1041-0236 (Print), 1532-7027 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.1991639).

Clinton, Michael E. , Hewett, Rebecca, Conway, Neil, Poulter, Damian (2021), Lost control driving home: A dual-pathway model of self-control work demands and commuter driving. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Journal of Management, 48 (4) . pp. 821-850 ISSN: 0149-2063 (Print), 1557-1211 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206321997912).

Thompson, Trevor , Dias, Sofia, Poulter, Damian, Weldon, Sharon Marie , Marsh, Lucy , Rossato, Claire , Shin, Jae Il , Firth, Joseph , Veronese, Nicola , Dragioti, Elena (2020), Efficacy and acceptability of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for non-specific chronic low back pain: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC. In: , , , . BMC, Systematic Reviews, 9: 130 2046-4053 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01398-3).

Lazuras, Lambros , Rowe, Richard, Poulter, Damian, Powell, Philip , Ypsilanti, Antonia (2019), Impulsive and self-regulatory processes in risky driving among young people: A dual process model. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology, 10: 1170 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01170).

Thompson, Trevor , Poulter, Damian, Miles, Clare, Solmi, Marco , Veronese, Nicola , Carvalho, André F. , Stubbs, Brendon , Uc, Ergun Y. (2018), Driving impairment and crash risk in Parkinson disease. American Academy of Neurology (AAN). In: , , , . American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Neurology ISSN: 0028-3878 (Print), 1526-632X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000006132).

Day, Marianne R. , Thompson, Andrew R., Poulter, Damian R., Stride, Christopher B. , Rowe, Richard (2018), Why do drivers become safer over the first three months of driving? A longitudinal qualitative study. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 117 . pp. 225-231 ISSN: 0001-4575 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2018.04.007).

Conference item

Kalocsanyiova, Erika , Essex, Ryan, Poulter, Damian (2021), Signs for all: a linguistic landscape analysis of Covid-19 messaging in Hackney, London. In: 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference Online: Crossing borders, connecting cultures, 07-09 Jul 2021, Luxembourg , . , (doi: https://www.imiscoe.org/events/imiscoe-events/925-18th-imiscoe-annual-conference-luxembourg-july-7-9-2021).