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Ms Abigail Hansen obtained her honours in Psychology from Flinders University. After working as a Research Assistant for a number of years, she moved into a Clinical Trial Coordinator role at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Ms Hansen coordinated a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a supplement on the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Ms Hansen continues her collaboration with the institute, investigating the efficacy of screening tools in schizophrenia.
Ms Hansen joined NeuRA in September 2019 where she coordinates a large randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of interventions at improving driver safety in older adults, led by Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey.
Older drivers have relatively high crash rates and are increasing in number. We aim to evaluate the relative effectiveness and cost-efficiency of interventions for older drivers. A randomized controlled trial comparing driving lessons, personalized feedback on driving skill, and a groupbased road-rules refresher course will be conducted. If effective, interventions will improve driving safety, reduce costs associated with crashes,
and maintain social participation.