Professor Teresa Senserrick

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PhD (University of Melbourne)

Teresa Senserrick PhD joins QUT in 2019 as Professor, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q). This follows 20 years of experience in road safety research in Australia and internationally. Teresa’s PhD in developmental psychology explored adolescent motivation and risk taking, and she continues to focus her research on youth and young adults, particularly new drivers and motorcyclists, and Indigenous road users. Education, training and graduated licensing systems are her specific areas of expertise, with particular interest in addressing issues for at-risk and disadvantaged road users, including in low socioeconomic and rural/remote communities.

Current projects and PhD supervision:

  • Evaluation of the Puuya Approach: exploring community development and wellbeing in a remote Indigenous community.
  • Development of guidelines for workshops to support learner driver mentor programs.
  • Update of NT DriveSafe Urban and Remote learner licensing programs.
  • Systematic review of factors that influence young drivers’ speed choices.
  • Mental health and risky behaviours as predictors of road injury among young people.
  • How do drivers avoid crashes and novices develop key skills?
  • Pedagogical, experiential and social influences on learner and returning motorcycle riders.
  • Safe driving practice: development of professional best-practice instruction for learner drivers.