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

    6009 Perth


  • 195 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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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.


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 work has been translated in a number of workshops, white papers presentations and interviews targeted at industry.


In her organsiational 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.




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

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 195 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 2 Other output
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference paper
1 Citation (Scopus)

The factors shaping car drivers' attitudes towards cyclist and their impact on behaviour

Fruhen, L., Rossen, I. & Griffin, M., Feb 2019, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 123, p. 235-242 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The role of safety culture and safety leadership on safety-related outcomes

Agnew, C. & Fruhen, L., 25 Oct 2019, Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces: Individual, Work and Organizational Factors . Burke, R. & Richardson, A. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 314 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

human error
nuclear power
1 Citation (Scopus)

What does safety commitment mean to leaders? A multi-method investigation

Fruhen, L. S., Griffin, M. A. & Andrei, D. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Safety Research. 68, p. 203-214 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and wellbeing of FIFO workers

Parker, S., Fruhen, L., Burton, C., McQuade, S., Loveny, J., Griffin, M., Page, A., Chikritzhs, T., Crock, S., Jorritsma, K. & Esmond, J., 2018, Australia: Centre for Transformative Work Design. 498 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access
mental health
scientific journal
qualitative interview

Let’s Talk Teamwork: Multi-Professional Team Briefings in W.A. Operating Theatres

Fruhen, L., Carpini, J. A. & Parker, S., May 2017, Surgical News, 4, p. 16-18 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Team work
Information sharing
Work place

Projects 2016 2018