Lisa Wundersitz

Dr Lisa Wundersitz

Grant-Funded Researcher (C)

Centre for Automotive Safety Research

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Dr Lisa Wundersitz is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide where she has worked since 1996. She was awarded a PhD in Psychology for her work investigating the characteristics of high-risk young drivers. Her evidence-based young driver research has supported and influenced Government policy, including the introduction of the enhanced GLS legislation in South Australia. Lisa also specialises in research concerning road user attitudes and behaviours, regional and remote road safety, evaluations of road safety programs and mass media campaigns and driver impairment (alcohol, drugs, distraction).

Research interests

  • Regional and remote road safety
  • Young driver safety
  • Graduated licensing programs
  • Driver impairment (alcohol, drugs, fatigue)
  • Risky road user behaviour
  • Development and evaluation of mass media campaigns
  • Evaluation of road safety programs
  • Quad bike safety
  • Transport in workplace health and safety
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - ongoing Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2016 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2011 Facilitator, Driver Intervention Program Department for Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure
    1996 - 2006 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1996 University of Adelaide Australia BA (Hons)
    1995 University of Adelaide Australia BA
  • Research Interests

2022-2023: Department of State Growth, Tasmania: Review of community road safety attitudinal surveys in Tasmania. Principle Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz

2022: Transport Accident Commission, Victoria: Simulator/virtual reality literature review and defensive driver training literature review. Principle Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators: Simon Raftery, Trevor Bailey

2022: Transport & Main Roads, Queensland: Evaluation framework for the Road Safety Penalty Review. Principle Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators: Craig Kloeden, Matthew Baldock

2021-2023: Austroads: Guide to Road Safety – Practical approaches for managing regional road safety priorities. Safe System Solutions Principle Investigator: Tana Tan, Co-investigators: Kenn Beer, Paul Zlatkovic. CASR Principle Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators: Chris Stokes, Craig Kloeden

2021-2022: Lifetime Support Authority, South Australia: Alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medications in road crash hospitalisations. Principle Investigator: Matthew Baldock, Co-investigators: Lisa Wundersitz, Simon Raftery, Sally Edwards

2021: Transport & Main Roads, Queensland: Evaluation framework for mobile phone and seatbelt cameras. Principle Investigator: Matthew Baldock, Co-investigators: Craig Kloeden, Lisa Wundersitz

2021: Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Tasmania: Evaluation of the MAIB funding of the Road Safety Advisory Council, 2021. Chief Investigators: Jeremy Woolley, Lisa Wundersitz, Simon Raftery

2021: Transport Canberra and City Services, ACT: Review of mobile device detection camera locations in the ACT. Principle Investigator: Jamie Mackenzie Co-investigators: Craig Kloeden, Lisa Wundersitz, Martin Elsegood

2020: Transport for New South Wales: Review of drink and drug driving offender programs in Australia. Principle Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators: James Thompson, Simon Raftery, Trevor Bailey

2020: Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland: Drink driving reform program evaluation methodology. Principle Investigator: Matthew Baldock, Co-investigators: Craig Kloeden, Simon Raftery, Lisa Wundersitz

2019: Australian Automobile Association: Best practice review of Keys2Drive. Principle Investigator: Trevor Bailey, Co-investigators: Lisa Wundersitz, Simon Raftery, Matthew Baldock

2018: Austroads: National view on regional and remote road safety. Principal Investigator: Lisa Wundersitz, Co-Investigators: Peter Palamara (C-MARC), Kate Brameld (C-MARC), Simon Raftery

2017-2018: Justice and Community Safety Directorate, ACT: An evaluation of the ACT Alcohol and Drug Awareness Courses.  Investigators: James Thompson, Lisa Wundersitz, Simon Raftery

2017: Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Tasmania: Evaluation of MAIB funding of the Road Safety Advisory Council 2014-16. Principal Investigator – Jeremy Woolley, Co-investigators - Lisa Wundersitz, Munish Kumar, Christopher Stokes

2017: Royal Automobile Club of Victoria: Are young adult's licencing rates declining: Update. Principal Investigator - Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators - Trevor Bailey, James Thompson

2015-2016: NSW Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW: Review of the NSW traffic offender program. Principal Investigator - Simon Raftery, Co-investigators - Lisa Wundersitz, Trevor Bailey, James Thompson

2014-2015: SafeWork SA WHS Commissioned Research Grants Program: Quad bikes in South Australia: an assessment of their use, crash characteristics and their associated injury risks. Principal Investigator - Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators - Sam Doecke, Simon Raftery, James Harrison (NISU)

 2014-2015: NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust Grant, Road Safety Grant Program: Transportation of children with bicycle seats, trailers and other carriers: considerations for safety. Principal Investigators -  Simon Raftery, Lisa Wundersitz, Jeremy Woolley, Jennie Oxley (MUARC)

2014-2015: Royal Automobile Club Victoria Road Safety Research Fund: Are young adults’ choices of travel mode changing?  Principal Investigator - Trevor Bailey, Co-investigators - Lisa Wundersitz, Simon Raftery, Matthew Baldock

2011: Main Roads Western Australia: The review of penalties under the Road Traffic Code 2000, including consideration of the management of recidivist speeding offenders. Principal Investigator -Matthew Baldock, Co-investigators - Jennifer Grigo, Simon Raftery, Lisa Wundersitz, Mary Lydon

2011: Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Canberra: Knowledge network for alcohol and other drugs in the civil aviation industry. Principal Investigator - Matthew Baldock, Co-investigators - Lisa Wundersitz, Jennifer Grigo, Simon Raftery

2010: SafeWork SA OHSW Commissioned Research Grants Program: Best practice in OHSW mass media campaigns. Principal Investigator - Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigators - Jeremy Woolley, Mary Lydon

2010: South Australian Motor Accident Commission: School based road safety education. Principal Investigator - Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigator - Simon Raftery

2009: Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, South Australian Motor Accident Commission: On-road observational surveys of restraint use. Principal Investigator - Lisa Wundersitz, Co-investigator - Robert Anderson

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Road safety and mobility of older drivers in rural versus urban areas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr James Peter Thompson
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Toward an understanding of the psychological influences involved in shared autonomous vehicle acceptance: Dispositional and environmental factors University of the Sunshine Coast PhD Doctorate - Tom Astle
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Road Trauma Analysis Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - ongoing Advisory Board Member South Australian Road User Safety Advisory Committee SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Behavioural Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program Project Panel: Highway safety behavioural strategies for rural areas Transportation Research Board United States
    2019 - 2022 Member Australasian Road Safety Conference Scientific Sub-Committee Australasian College of Road Safety Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Driver Intervention Program Reference Group Department for Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure2011 -
    2009 - 2011 Representative Motor Accident Commission Minor Works Community Grants Program Motor Accident Commission -
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2022 - ongoing Member Australasian College of Road Safety Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide -
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
  • Phone: 83136298
  • Email: lisa.wundersitz@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 82324995
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering Annex
  • Org Unit: Centre for Automotive Safety Research

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