Professor Teresa Senserrick

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Professor, Faculty of Health

PhD (University of Melbourne)

Teresa Senserrick PhD, Professor at the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), has over 20 years of experience in road safety research in Australia and internationally. Her 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 First Peoples 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 include:

  • Culturally safe driver licensing initiatives for unlicensed driving offenders.
  • Safe driving practice: development of professional best-practice instruction for learner drivers.
  • Women motorcyclists: informing safety, risks, and research.
  • Evaluation of Tasmania's new graduated driver licensing system.
  • Psychosocial benefits of learner driver mentoring programs for low socioeconomic youth.
  • Review of best-practice graduated licensing for novice motorcycle riders.
  • Systematic review of factors that influence young drivers' speed choices.
  • Evaluation of a novel intervention to support young drivers to maintain safe speeds.
  • In-depth exploration of headway and rear-end crashes.

Additional information

  • Associations of learner driver mentoring programs with positive outcomes for disadvantaged youth
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr David Rodwell
  • Driving after Concussion: Naturalistic and Behavioural Investigation
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Mark King