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Dr Kayla Stefanidis

PhD, BPsych(Hons) UTAS.

  • Research Fellow – Road Safety Research Collaboration
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Room G.40, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Kayla Stefanidis


Dr Kayla Stefanidis is employed as a Research Fellow within the Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She works on multiple research projects, focusing particularly on social media and driving behaviour, driver distraction, cognitive function and impaired driving.

Kayla holds a Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) degree and a PhD in cerebrovascular function and age-related cognitive decline. Her research focused on the relationship between cerebrovascular hemodynamic function and cognition in healthy ageing and non-stroke cardiovascular disease, using Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound and electroencephalography (EEG) techniques.


  • University of the Sunshine Coast Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian College of Road Safety
  • School of Law and Society Research Sub-Committee Member
  • Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network (CARNet)

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours students:

  • Social media messaging and driving behaviour/road rule compliance

  • Impaired driving or distracted driving

  • Cognitive function & driving performance

Research areas

  • Road Safety
  • Cognitive function
  • Ageing and age-related cognitive decline
  • Quantitative Analysis

Publications summary

Stefanidis, K. B, Isbel, B., Klein, T., Lagopoulos, J., Askew, C., Summers, M. J. (2020). Reduced cerebral pressure-flow responses are associated with electrophysiological markers of attention in healthy older adults. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 81, 167-172. doi: 100.1016/jcon.2020.09.034

Stefanidis, K. B., Isbel, B., Klein, T., Lagopoulos, J., Askew, C. D., Summers, M. J. (2019). Cerebrovascular correlates of subclinical attentional disturbances in non-stroke cardiovascular disease. Neuroscience, 421, 144-151. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2019.09.035

Stefanidis K.B., Askew, C., Klein, T., Lagopoulos, J., & Summers, M.J. (2019). Ageing affects cerebrovascular reactivity and pressure-flow responses, but not neurovascular coupling: A cross-sectional study. PlosOne, 14(5), 1-9. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217082

Palmer, M. A., Stefanidis, K.B, Turner, A., Tranent, P. J., Breen, R., Kucina, T., Brumby, L., Holt, G. A., Fell, J. W., & Sauer, J. D. (2019). Acute physical exercise can influence the accuracy of metacognitive judgements, Scientific Reports, 9, 12412. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48861-3

Stefanidis, K. B., Askew, C., Greaves, K., & Summers, M. J. (2018). The effect of non-stroke cardiovascular disease states on risk for cognitive decline and dementia: A systematic and meta-analytic review. Neuropsychology Review, 28(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s11065-0179359-z

Weissberger, G. H., Strong, J. V., Stefanidis, K. B., Summers, M. J., Bondi, M. W., & Stricker, N. H. (2017). Diagnostic accuracy of memory measures in Alzheimer’s dementia and mild cognitive impairment: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 27(4), 354-388. doi: 10.1007/s11065-017-9360-6

Dr Kayla Stefanidis' specialist areas of knowledge include ageing, cerebrovascular function, cognition and statistics. Dr Stefanidis is employed as a Research Fellow within the USC Road Safety Research Collaboration and works on multiple research projects focusing on social media and driving behaviour, driver distraction, cognitive function and impaired driving.

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