Turker Ozkan received his PhD in psychology (minor. traffic psychology) from the University of Helsinki. He is an associate professor of psychology at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He served as the associate editor of Turkish Journal of Psychology. He serves as co-editor in Transportation Research, Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. He is the coordinator of Master and PhD Programmes in Traffic and Transport Psychology and the member of Social Sciences Institute Management Board of METU.
Dr Ozkan’s current interests are related to cultural differences, the role of gender, sex, “extra-motives”, personality, explicit and implicit measures in safety in general and traffic and transport in particular. In addition, Dr Ozkan has studies on the acceptability of intelligent transportation systems, helmet usage and psychological models, seat-belt and child-seat usage, development of psycho-technical assessment tests, organizational and safety culture/climate, traffic safety culture, human factor issues among professional and train drivers.
Dr Ozkan has been an author in more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He also has experience of coordinating work packages of an EU project (FP6), a COST project, and a Leonardo da Vinci project and of being principal investigator of a national (i.e., Human Factors in Turkish State Railways) and an international project together with Johns Hopkins University (i.e., Road Safety 10: Turkey – Evaluation and Monitoring).