Dr. Nicholas Ward  (F. Erg. S) is the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) and a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Human Factors psychology from Queen’s University, Canada. 

This center focuses on transforming culture across the social ecology that influences health and safety including safe driving.  This is achieved through community and organization engagement to measure, analyze, and transform including values, assumptions and beliefs that can sustain healthy and safe behavioral choices.  These methodologies have been applied to high risk driving behaviors such as speeding, drunk driving, seat-belt compliance, bystander intervention, and workplace safety. 

As an original member of the  Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture, Dr. Ward is a international leader for the advancement of traffic safety culture as a paradigm to achieve the vision of zero traffic fatalities.   He co-authored the traffic safety culture chapter for the national Toward Zero Death strategy and and published “A Primer for Traffic Safety Culture” for traffic safety practitioners.    


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