Dr Kayla Stefanidis | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Kayla Stefanidis

BPsych(Hons) (UTAS), PhD

  • Senior Research Fellow
07 5430 1166
Office location
Room G.40, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Kayla Stefanidis

Kayla heads the MAIC/UniSC Fitness to Drive Clinic. Her program of work focuses on the association between neurocognition/neuropsychological function and driving capacity across different settings and populations. She is particularly interested in the assessment of fitness to drive in older adults with cognitive decline.


  • University of the Sunshine Coast Postgraduate Research Scholarship


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

Research areas

  • Neuropsychology/Neuroscience
  • Fitness to Drive
  • Ageing and age-related cognitive decline
  • Impaired Driving


  • Neuropsychology

  • Fitness to Drive
  • Impaired Driving

Recent Publications

  • Love, S., Rowland, B., Stefanidis, K., & Davey, J. (2024). Are Current Drug Driving Enforcement Strategies Achieving the Desired Effect? Drug Users’ Perceptions of Drug Driving Legislation and Enforcement in Queensland. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 39, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09542-6
  • Stefanidis, K. B., Truelove, V., Robinson, K., Mills, L., Nicolls, M., Delhomme, P., & Freeman, J. (2024). Do comparative judgements affect the perceived relevance of mobile phone road safety campaigns? Traffic Injury Prevention, 25(3), 364–371. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2023.2301415
  • Love, S., Rowland, B., Stefanidis, K., & Davey, J. (2023). Contemporary drug use and driving patterns: A qualitative approach to understanding drug-driving perceptions from the context of user patterns. Policing, 17, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paac095
  • Truelove, V., Stefanidis, K., Mills, L., & Oviedo-Trespalacios, O. (2023). Police and public perspectives on the use and impacts of technology that expose enforcement locations for phone use while driving. Safety Science, 164, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2023.106155
  • Truelove, V., Stefanidis, K., & Oviedo-Trespalacios, O. (2023). “It is a different type of policing than in the bush”: Police officers’ perceptions of the differences in enforcement of the phone use while driving legislation in rural and urban areas. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 186, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2023.107046