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Chris Bearman

Associate Professor - Cognitive Psychology
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, a Lead Researcher in the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and a Volunteer Fire Fighter in the South Australian Country Fire Service. My research consists of industry-focused studies in the areas of occupational health and safety, human factors and applied cognitive psychology. I work closely with industry partners and government organizations around the world to produce research that has both a strong theoretical underpinning and a robust application to industry. Some highlights of my research are working with small commercial aviation operators to determine pressures that lead to sub-optimal flight-related decisions, identifying high risk tasks and mitigating strategies in the volunteer incident commander role, helping rail operators to develop an evidence-based approach to evaluating new technology, identifying reasons why breakdowns in coordination occur during large-scale bushfires and working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on projects that sought to redesign the US airspace system. I am currently leading a project funded through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC on team management, decision making and organizational learning.

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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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