I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher in road safety with a background in psychology and business. I am currently undertaking my PhD program of research in the Adolescent Risk Research Unit based in the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. My research is aimed at optimising the training provided to young drivers when they are learning to drive. The initial outcome of my research will be the development of a best-practice model of higher-order professional driving instruction for learner drivers. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute to reducing adolescent road crash fatalities experienced in the earliest stages of driving independently. Importantly, it is critical for my research results to be applied in the real world and therefore I am working closely with stakeholders in learner driver’s learning process, particularly professional driving instructors. My prior research included a focus on the predictors of a risk-taking attitude in adolescents which led me to Dr Bridie Scott-Parker whose research interests and enthusiasm for road safety and the health and well-being of our adolescents aligned with my research goals and values.
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
PhD, Safe Driving Practices: Development of Professional Best-Practice Instruction for Learner Drivers
Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, 12 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya, Queensland, Australia, 4575