Dr Liz Hellier
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
Faculty of Health & Human Sciences
Associate Professor (Reader)
Liz received her BSc and PhD degrees in Psychology from the University of Plymouth in 1988 and 1991 respectively. After obtaining her doctorate she worked as a Senior Psychologist for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in Farnbrough before returning to academia in 1994 to take up a Lectureship in Applied Psychology at the City University in London. In 1999 she returned to the Psychology Department in Plymouth where she now works as an Associate Professor (Reader). A Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy was awarded in 2014.
Senior fellow of HEA.
Registered member of the Ergonomics Society (UK)
Associate fellow of Bristish Psychological Society
Associate of Emergency Planning Society
Research in Applied Settings
Staff serving as external examiners
IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
I am a member of the University of Plymouth's Cognition Institute and also Brain, Cognition and Behavior Group based in the School of Psychology . My general research interests are in applied cognitive psychology and human factors. Specifically, my research focusses on risk communication for emergency preparedness, the design and implementation of auditory and visual warning systems, risk communication and behavioural compliance and the promotion of safe behaviour in relation to driving. I am a member of the Ergonomics Society, and an Associate Fellow of British Psycological Society and an Associate of the Emergency Planning Society.
Recent Conferences (since 2005)
Weston, L. & Hellier, E. (2015). The influence of framing and punishment sensitivityon efficacy ratings of road safety messages, at the Road Safety and SimulationInternational Conference, October 6 - 8 2015, Orlando, Florida USA.
Weston, L. & Hellier,E. (2015). The relationship betweendifferent forms of peer influence and the risky behaviour of young driversRoad Safety and Simulation International Conference, October 6 - 8 2015, Orlando, Florida USA
Weston, L. & Hellier,E. (2015). Young Drivers, Risky Driving and Peer Influence, Proceedings ofthe Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015 conference, 13-16 April 2015, Staverton Park, Daventry.
Weston, L., & Hellier, E. & Flower, N (2014). The Efficacy ofInterventions for Young Drivers. Road Safety GB, November 2014.
Weston, L., & Hellier, E.J. (2014). Young adults and rewardsensitivity, at the Fourth Asian Conference on Psychology and BehavioralSciences, March 27 – 30, 2014, Osaka, Japan.
Weston, L., & Hellier, E.J. (2014). Young males, risky behaviour andreward sensitivity, at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology,8 – 13 July, 2014, Paris, France.
Andrew Weyman, KatherineBlackford, Elizabeth Hellier (2014) Quality of Working Life - The Case for aSegmented Approach to Intervention? EU Academy of Occ Health PsychologyConference 2014.
Hurst, L.,Husband, P., Hellier, E. Hewson, P. (2014). Making knowledge exchange betweentheory and practice a reality: a practical model to enhance road casualtyreduction on a decreasing budget. The 4th International Safer RoadsConference, 18-21st May 2014, Cheltenham, UK.
Blackford, K., Weyman, A. & Hellier, E. (2013). Quality of WorkingLife – What’s Important to You? 7th Annual International Psychology Conference,27-30 May, Athens.
Weyman, A., Blackford, K. & Hellier,E. (2012). Employee Perspectives on Quality of Working Life – Towards thedevelopment of a risk Management climate measureWork & Well-being conference, Manchester.
Nazaruck, M., Weyman, A. & Hellier,E. (2010). Decreasing the Rate of Industrial Accidents: Application of safety culture interventions. Presentation to Parliamentary and ScientificCommittee, Set For Britain 2010.
Nazaruk, M.,Weyman, A., & Hellier, E. (2010). An immersed approach to workplacesafety culture intervention and behavioural change: Insights about factorswhich the literature remains silent about. Proceedings of the 9th EuropeanConference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Madrid,Spain.
Gabe-Thomas,E., Hellier, E., Edworthy, J., &Handley, S. (2009). Risk propensity and warnings: Individual differences inhazard perception and intended compliance. BPS Cognitive psychology sectionannual conference, University of Hertfordshire, September 2009.
Nazaruk, M.,Weyman, A., & Hellier, E. (2009). Making it happen - factors affectingsuccessful implementation of safety culture interventions. Paper presentedat the Behavioural Safety Now, Jacksonville, USA.
Phansalkar,S., Edworthy, J. Hellier,E., Seger,D.L., Bates, D.W. (2008) "Applying human factors principles tomedication-related alerting." Proceedings of the Improving Patient SafetyConference (IPS 2008), 16-18 July, 2008, The Ergonomics Society, RobinsonCollege, Cambridge, UK, Pgs. 327-331.
Hellier, E., Bahadoor, C; Gabe Thomas, E & Edworthy, J (2006) Exploringthe relationship between measures of sensation seeking and the perception ofauditory and visual warnings. Proceedings of the IEA 16th worldcongress, July 2006*
Hellier, E., Naweed A., Walker, G & Edworthy, J (2006) The importance of auditory feedback forperformance in a driving simulation game. Proceedings of the IEA 16thworld congress, July 2006 *
Edworthy,J, Hellier, E J, Aldrich, K & Naweed, A (2006) AED: An evaluation tool foralarms and alerts. Proceedings of the IEA 16th world congress,July 2006
Edworthy, J, Hellier, E J &Catchpole, K (2005) The alarming state of medical warnings: Problems andsolutions. Paper to be presented at Healthcare Systems Ergonomics and PatientSafety, Florence, March/April 2005.
Edworthy, J & Hellier, E J(2005) Fewer auditory alarms in intensive care will improve safety. Presentedat HIIR, Plymouth, March 2005
Edworthy, J & Hellier, E J(2005) The adaptive systems patient safety network. Presented at HIIR,Plymouth, March 2005.
Edworthy, J, Hellier, E J, Aldrich,K, Naweed, A & Brook-Carter, N (2005) Confusability and learnability ofERTMS alerts. Paper presented at the 2nd European rail human factorsconference, London, November 2005.
Edworthy,J, Hellier, E J, Aldrich, K, Naweed, A & Brook-Carter, N (2005) AED: Alarmevaluation diagnostics. Poster Paper presented at the 2nd Europeanrail human factors conference, London, November 2005.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Dr Elizabeth GabeThomas Awarded 2012
Exploring sensation seeking as a predictor of warning perception
Dr Marcin Nazaruck Awarded 2011
Exploring Safety Culture Interventions for the manufacturing industry. (GWR studentship in collaboration with Howmet Ltd and University of Bath).
Dr A Costello Awarded 2007
The effects of GM label variation on perceptions of genetically modified food.
Dr K Aldrich Awarded 2005
Perceived similarity between complex sounds: the contribution of acoustic, descriptive and categorical features
Grants & contracts
To improve road safety programmedelivery through evidence and research led practice, specifically focussing onfatalities within the elderly, the young and motorcyclists (£116,000).2010-2012Knowledge Transfer Partnership in collaboration with ESRC/Cornwall CountyCouncil (Hewson & Hellier)
An Evidence-Based Approach toTargeting Young Motorcyclists for Advanced Driver Training (£8, 516)2010-11Vice Chancellor’s Community Research Award. Hellier & Hewson
Efficiency of Prompts and Alerts(£79,988). 2009-2010NHS Connecting For Health.Edworthy& Hellier
Alarms and alerts guidance andevaluation tool (£19,784). 2008-09Greenstreet Berman Ltd/Rail Safety & Standards Board. Edworthy& Hellier
Evaluating the Application ofEvidence-Based Guidance to the Design of Emergency Communication Literature(£62,315). 2008-2009.Home Office/Cabinet Office. Hellier, Newbold & Edworthy
Evidence based practice for roadsafety practitioners. (£109, 635). 2008-2010 KnowledgeTransfer Partnership in collaboration with ESRC/Devon County Council (Hellier & Hewson)
Factors that Influence informationspread and reliability. (£292,000). 2006–2008Home Office/Cabinet Office(Hellier, Edworthy, Reid & Reid)
Human Factors Guide to ManagingAlarms and Alerts in the Rail Industry. (£140,000)2004 RailSafety Standards Board.(Edworthy& Hellier)
Adaptive Systems and TailoredInformation. (£40,000). 2003 MRCPatient Safety Network.(Edworthy, Hellier & Jones)
Identification of FactorsInfluencing Perceived Urgency in Speech (£5, 500). 2001QinetiQ. (Edworthy& Hellier)
The effectiveness of pesticidelabelling (£74, 000). 1999-2001Health & Safety Executive, Department of Trade & Industry, Ministry ofAgriculture Food & Fisheries (Edworthy & Hellier)
Behavioural responses to speech andnon-speech warnings, I. (£78, 000). 1998-2000EPSRC.(Hellier & Edworthy)
Behavioural responses to speech andnon-speech warnings, II. (£72, 000).1998-2000EPSRC(Edworthy& Hellier)
The Human Factors in AnalyticalMeasurement (£10,000). 2000Laboratory of the Government Chemist. (Edworthy& Hellier)
The Public Perception of GeneticallyModified Foods (£10,975). 2000 QR (Hellier, Coulson & Edworthy)
Quantifying the effects of signalwords on perceptions of hazard. (£3,000). 1996 -1998Nuffield Foundation Award for New Lecturers in Science (Hellier)
- Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
- Plymouth Inequalities Group
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