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Dr Kayla Stefanidis

PhD, BPsych(Hons) UTAS.

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


Dr Kayla Stefanidis is employed as a Research Fellow within the MAIC/UniSC Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr Stefanidis is head of the RSRC Cognitive Testing Laboratory and leads two programs of research within the field of neuropsychology, fitness to drive 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 older adults, 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)

Research areas

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


  • Neuropsychology

  • Fitness to Drive
  • Impaired Driving

Recent Publications

  • Stefanidis, K. B., Truelove, V., Freeman, J., Mills, L., Nicolls, M., Sutherland, K., & Davey, J. (2022). A double-edged sword? Identifying the influence of peers, mass and social media on engagement in mobile phone use while driving. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 87, 19-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2022.03.015
  • Stefanidis, K. B., Truelove, V., Nicolls, M., & Freeman, J. (2022). Perceptions matter: speeding behavior varies as a function of increasing perceived exposure to content encouraging the behavior. Traffic Injury Prevention, 23(5), 226-231. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2022.2049259
  • Stefanidis, K. B., Davey, B., Truelove, V., Schiemer, C., & Freeman, J. (2022). Does exposure to social media content influence attitudes towards, and engagement in, road rule violations? A systematic review. PLoS One, 17(9), e0275335. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0275335
  • Stefanidis, K. B., Isbel, B., Klein, T., Lagopoulos, J., Askew, C. D., & 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2020.09.034
  • Stefanidis, K. B., Askew, C. D., Klein, T., Lagopoulos, J., & Summers, M. J. (2019). Healthy aging affects cerebrovascular reactivity and pressure-flow responses, but not neurovascular coupling: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One, 14(5), e0217082. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217082



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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