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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Laura Fruhen is a Senior 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.


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 works 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 research Laura investigates the topics of 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.



Future research

  • Leadership is a language game (Pondy, 1975): I am currently developing new research on the topic of language in leadership. Language and communication have been recognised as a central pillar of leader influence, yet research into language is lacking. If you are interested in researching this topic with me, please get in touch.
  • Built environment and car driver and cyclists interactions: Together with Vanessa Bowden I am developing research on the interplay of road layouts and driver attributes and how these two aspects shape car driver and cyclists interactions on the roads. Please reach out if you are interested in conducting research on this topic.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Managing safety from the top: The influence of senior managers’ characteristics. , University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 30 Nov 2012

Psychology , Diplom Psychologin, Leadership style, safety climate and performance in German fire-fighting teams, Justus Liebig University Giessen

Award Date: 7 Apr 2009

External positions

University Associate, Curtin University

26 Aug 201931 Mar 2021

Industry keywords

  • Transport
  • Health
  • Mining and Resources

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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