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Petya Ventsislavova Petrova

Petya Ventsislavova Petrova

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Petya is a senior lecturer in the department of Psychology at NTU and teaches across a number of Psychology modules. She is the module leader for Cognitive Psychology joint honours Psychology and Education.

Career overview

Petya joined the academic staff at NTU in 2018 and gained her PhD in psychology in 2019 (NTU). Prior to NTU, she was part of the CIMCYC Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (University of Granada).

Research areas

Petya carries out applied research in Transport Psychology mainly focusing on hazard perception in driving. Her research focuses on improving hazard perception/prediction skills in UK and international drivers, having undertaken research in Spain, China, Israel, Lithuania and the UK. Her vision is to encourage other Governments to follow the UK example and adopt hazard perception/prediction testing as part of their driving tests, keeping the worst drivers off the roads whilst encouraging the majority to seek training in this higher-order skill.

Petya has assessed the cross-cultural compatibility of the hazard perception test in a number of countries:

  • University of Granada (Spain) on several hazard prediction related projects both as a co-investigator and as an international expert (funded by the Spanish department for Transport and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education).
  • Tsinghua University (China) to assess the cross-cultural applicability of hazard perception (funded by Santander Bank).
  • Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) to assess the cross-cultural applicability of the hazard prediction test to the Lithuanian driving context (funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport).
  • Palacky University (Czech Republic) to assess the applicability of the hazard prediction test to the Czech driving context and implement it as a part of the official Czech driving test (funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)
  • Bar Ilan University to develop a hazard prediction test adapted to the Israeli driving context (Anglo Israel Association)

Participation in national projects:

  • Assessing a Virtual Reality approach to hazard perception training and testing (funded by the Road Safety Trust).
  • Developing a hazard prediction test for Stagecoach drivers (funded by Stagecoach).

Recent projects:

-Petya is currently working on improving e-scooter safety assessing riders' willingness to engage in risky riding across different type of scenarios.

-She is also working on understanding whether driving anxiety has an impact on hazard perception with the aim to develop an intervention to reduce drivers' anxiety.


  • Spanish Society of  Experimental Psychology
  • Transport Psychology International
  • Women in Transport
  • British Psychological Society