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Michelle Nicolls

BSocSc(Psych) (Hons) USC

  • PhD Candidate & Research Assistant
Office location
Room G.68, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Michelle Ochenasek


Michelle Nicolls has recently commenced her PhD studies within the Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit with a focus on positive messaging and young driver distraction.

She has completed her Honours degree (Class I) which explored young Queensland drivers and their tailgating behaviour.

Through her Honours year Michelle has developed a passion for research, particularly in road safety. She is currently finalising two first-author manuscripts while also being involved in numerous road safety projects. Her primary responsibilities at the RSRC include assisting senior researchers with their ethics applications, analysing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication.


Road Safety Research Collaboration PhD Scholarship

Research areas

  • Road Safety
  • Young Drivers

Nicolls, M., Truelove, V., & Stefanidis, K. B. (2022). The impact of descriptive and injunctive norms on engagement in mobile phone use while driving in young drivers: A systematic review. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 175. 106774. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2022.106774

Nicolls, M., Truelove, V., & Watson-Brown, N. (2022). Self-regulation and tailgating behaviours among young drivers. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 89, 347-354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2022.07.007

Ochenasek, M., Truelove, V., Stefanidis, K. B., & Watson-Brown, N. (2021). Examining the impact of both legal and nonlegal factors on following a vehicle too closely utilizing three deterrence-based theories. Journal of Criminology. DOI:10.1177/26338076211065208