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.
Petya joined the academic staff at NTU in 2018 and gained her PhD in psychology in 2019 (NTU). Previously, she was part of the CIMCYC Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre as a research fellow (University of Granada).
Petya is a member of the Transport Research in Psychology (TRiP) group in NTU and she carries out applied research in driving psychology. Her research focuses on hazard perception in driving, specifically she is assessing the cross-cultural compatibility of hazard perception testing.
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 established a number of successful international collaborations:
- 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). https://www.dgt.es/es/seguridad-vial/formacion-vial/percepcion-riesgo/
- 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.
- 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).
- Spanish Society of Experimental Psychology
- Transport Psychology International
- Women in Transport
- British Psychological Society