Suzanne Cross

Suzanne Cross

Suzanne Cross

  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Research Area: Transport

Why did you choose to study at MUARC?

I chose to study at MUARC because of its high profile in safety research and its investment in child safety. My educational background is Psychology with majors in health promotion and disability and social inclusion. My PhD topic is part of a larger international Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project: Children in cars: a field study of child passengers and drivers in vehicles. Doing my PhD with MUARC has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to conduct field research as part of an international collaboration with multi-disciplinary worldwide industry experts and leaders. MUARC has also provided me with readily accessible supervision throughout my PhD journey.

What is your thesis topic?

My PhD topic explores the role of behaviour in child occupant safety. Analysis of survey and naturalistic driving study data has provided a number of findings. It has added to the understanding of parental beliefs systems relating to child occupant safety, quantified the common characteristics and behaviours of child occupants when travelling in a child restraint system on every-day family trips and highlighted specific child behaviours that may be contributing to suboptimal CRS travel positions.

What is your favourite thing about studying at MUARC?

My favourite thing about studying at MUARC is getting hands on experience on my research project. I have been involved in all aspects of the ARC Linkage Project and built rapport with participants, project sponsors and project partners alike. My contributions have been varied as my PhD has progressed and this has provided me with an insight to the larger picture of research. My favourite thing would be how all of these aspects have attributed to my professional growth.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about studying at MUARC?

I would advise anyone thinking about studying at MUARC to refer to our annual report to be informed of the areas that MUARC is currently working in and contact personnel from teams/projects that they believe of interest.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope I will continue to work as a researcher in child safety.