Nicholas J. Ward
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, USA

Professor Nicholas Ward obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Queen's University, Canada.  He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State University.  He is also the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture.

This center focuses on transforming health and safety culture across the social ecology including traffic safety, substance abuse, interpersonal violence and child wellbeing.  This is achieved through community engagement in the measurement, analysis, and transformation of the shared cognitions that define a culture including values, beliefs, attitudes, and norms.  In traffic safety, this research been applied to high-risk driving behaviours such as speeding, drunk driving, seat-belt compliance, bystander intervention, and workplace safety.  

Nicholas has developed methodologies to quantify the safety culture of organizations responsible for traffic safety.  As an original member Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture he is a co-author of the traffic safety culture chapter for Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy. 

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