Laura Fruhen
  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Laura Fruhen is a Lecturer of Applied Psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences. She received her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in the UK in 2012 and holds a master’s (Diplom) degree from the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany. She has held various roles at the University of Western Australia since 2014.


Roles and responsibilities

Funding overview

Laura has been granted funding by government agencies via stipends and fellowships (e.g. German National Academic Foundation, Australian Government’s Department of Education), government bodies (Mental Health Commission of Western Australia), and industry bodies (e.g. European Agency for the Safety of Air Traffic Management, Shell, Monadelphous).

Industrial relevance

Laura's research has informed both government and industry practices. Of note, her research into FIFO worker mental health and wellbeing informed the first Code of Practice focussed on mental health at work in Australia.

She actively engages with industry and governments to support translation of her research into practical tools and solutions. Laura's work has been translated in a number of workshops, white papers presentations and interviews targeted at industry.


In her organisational psychology reseearch Laura investigates issues such as leadership, team dynamics, work design, culture, and attitudes at work. She links these concepts with workplace safety, mental health and wellbeing and behaviour. She has conducted her research in the energy sector, the aviation sector, healthcare, construction, and firefighting. Laura was one of the leading authors of the WA Government funded research into FIFO worker mental health and wellbeing.

Laura also conducts research on traffic psychology. She in particular focuses on car driver and cyclists interactions on the roads and the factors that shape these interactions. Within this research setting she is interested in attitudes and norm perceptions and their antecedents.



External positions

University Associate, Curtin University

26 Aug 201931 Mar 2021

Research expertise keywords

  • Organisational safety
  • Leadership
  • Team processes
  • attitudes and norms
  • Culture and climate
  • Mental health and well-being
  • cyclists
  • traffic psychology


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