Damian Poulter

Dr Damian Poulter BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Reader, Psychology

Dr Damian Poulter is a Reader in Psychology in the School of Human Sciences, and leads the Centre for Thinking & Learning in the Institute of Lifecourse Development. 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 projects investigating the crash risk of novice and young drivers. He is currently acting as an expert advisor to the Department for Transport on a nationwide trial on road safety interventions.

Posts held previously:

  • 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

  • Reader, Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Centre Lead for the Centre for Thinking & Learning in the Institute of Lifecourse Development
  • Level 5 year lead
  • Module leader for Research Methods in Psychology 2, BSc Hons Psychology, BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling, BSc Hons Business Psychology, & MSc Psychology conversion programmes
  • Faculty Research & Enterprise Committee member
  • Postdoctoral, postgraduate & undergraduate research supervisor


  • 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

  • University of Greenwich & School of Hard Knocks. Vice Chancellors Scholarship: "Evaluation of sport mentoring-based interventions for children at risk of low educational attainment, and unemployed adults". 2019. PI Claire Rossato, CI Damian Poulter. £36,211
  • Department for Transport. Placement Fellowship: Improving young driver safety – phase 2. 2018. PI Damian Poulter. £2,170
  • Economic & Social Research Council / National Centre for Research Methods. Placement Fellowship: Improving young driver safety. 2017. PI Damian Poulter. £8,950.
  • University of Greenwich REF Competitive Funding Round 2016-17. "Effects of alcohol on driving impairment: a meta-analysis of performance measures from laboratory, simulator and on-the-road driving assessments". 2016. £10,000.
  • Medical Research Council (MR/N011198/1). "Reducing newly-qualified driver crash risk: Identifying behavioural targets". 2015. PI Richard Rowe, CIs Damian Poulter Chris Stride Andrew Thompson. £149,960.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ES/K004565/1). "Modelling developmental trajectories of novice drivers with high and low crash liability". 2012. PI Damian Poulter. £144,405.
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. "Perceptual judgments by elderly road users when observing vehicle approach". 2010. PIs: Damian Poulter & John Wann. £20,000.

Recent publications


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: http://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: http://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 ISSN: 1041-0236 (Print), 1532-7027 (Online) (doi: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2018.04.007).

Roman, Gabriela , Poulter, Damian, Barker, Edward, McKenna, Frank P. , Rowe, Richard (2015), Novice drivers’ individual trajectories of driver behavior over the first three years of driving. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Accident Analysis & Prevention, 82 . pp. 61-69 ISSN: 0001-4575 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2015.05.012).

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: http://www.imiscoe.org/events/imiscoe-events/925-18th-imiscoe-annual-conference-luxembourg-july-7-9-2021).