Andrew has conducted applied research across a range of industries (including transport, mining, and healthcare), with an emphasis on skills training, measurement/assessment, and the human factors and cognitive aspects of work tasks. A particular research interest has been the measurement and training of hazard perception skill. Andrew was a key member of the UQ team that developed and validated a video-based hazard perception test for Queensland Transport, which was part of the graduated licensing system in Queensland from 2008 to 2021 and was taken by around half a million drivers. Over that time, he continued to collaborate on the development and validation of a range of training methods for increasing drivers’ hazard perception skill. Training that he co-developed has been shown to lead to improvements in hazard perception and reductions in speeding and heavy braking during real-world driving. Since joining MISHC, Andrew has turned his attention to the development of novel methods for assessing and training workers’ hazard recognition skill in mining contexts (e.g., major shutdown operations).

In the healthcare sphere, Andrew contributed to the human factors design of standardised national charts for recording and responding to hospital inpatients’ vital sign observations, and for monitoring and treating diabetes in hospitals. These charts have been shown to yield improved user performance among novice chart-users and experienced clinicians alike. His other healthcare research has included work on the measurement and training of technical skills in laparoscopic surgery and colonoscopy (including contributing to a national curriculum), as well as measurement issues in relation to vital sign data.

Andrew has a PhD in cognitive psychology, as well as honours degrees in psychology and law from The University of Queensland.