Dr Bridie Scott-Parker

PhD Qld.UT, BPsych(Hons 1st class) Qld.UT, BPsych Qld.UT, BSc (Environmental Sciences) Griff.

Position:
USC Research Fellow
Office:
FDM1 (Demountable adjacent Building E)
Tel:
+61 7 5456 5844
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Teaching areas

  • Applied Social Psychology (road safety)
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Qualitative vs Quantitative Methodology
  • Focus Groups
  • Thematic Content Analysis
  • Questionnaire Development
  • Research Ethics
  • Young Driver Road Safety and Interventions including Graduated Driver Licensing

Research areas

  • road safety
  • young drivers
  • graduated driver licensing and other interventions to improve young driver road safety including driver education and training
  • older drivers
  • safe systems in road safety
  • psychometrics, instrument development and refinement
  • anxiety and depression in adolescence
  • sensation seeking and risky behaviour in adolescence
  • parent influences upon adolescent behaviour
  • peer influences upon adolescent behaviour
  • risky adolescent behaviour

Profile

As a recent recipient of a highly competitive National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship, Dr Bridie Scott-Parker is considered an expert in the domain of young novice driver road safety. This award recognises the significance of her project—Emotions, situation awareness and the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers and is strengthened by her track record and the supportive environment at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bridie's doctoral dissertation 'A comprehensive investigation of the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers' comprised 11 peer-reviewed publications on such topics as the impact of changes to Queensland’s graduated driver licensing program; measuring the risky behaviour of young novice drivers; and the role of sensation seeking, reward and punishment sensitivity, anxiety and depression in the risky behaviour of young novice drivers. Dr Scott-Parker is interested in a safe systems approach to young driver road safety, intervention development and evaluation, with a particular focus upon the development of the driver from the pre-licence period, through the Learner and Provisional 1 driving phases. She is also interested in adolescent risk taking, and the influence of personal, social (parents, peers), and structural (legislation, police) influences upon risky behaviour.

Professional memberships

  • Australasian College of Road Safety
  • Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • International Safe System Institute
  • International Traffic Medicine Association
  • Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences Young Driver Subcommittee ANB30(1)

Awards

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship for her project:  Emotions, situation awareness and the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers, 2014
  • Australian Academy of Science speaker, Science Stars of Tomorrow series, 2014
  • USC Research Fellowship, 2013, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Finalist ─ 2013 Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Post-graduate Student Award. This award recognises excellence in all areas of health-related research performed in Queensland
  • Safety 2012 World Conference Scholarship: Flights to and from New Zealand to attend the Conference, 2012
  • 10th National Conference on Injury Prevention Student Bursary: In recognition of student membership and ongoing study and contribution to injury prevention research and practice, 2011
  • Grant-in-Aid Scholarship, QUT, for travel to present at an International Road Safety Conference (24th Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Niagara Falls), 2010
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship: Offered by Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards, to encourage graduates to obtain formal training in public health research, to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research, 2008
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) Top-Up Scholarship: Offered to postgraduate students who are offered an Australian Postgraduate Award and who will be working on a project closely aligned to the research priorities of IHBI, 2008
  • Australian Postgraduate Award for a QUT Postgraduate Research Scholarship (not accepted): Funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research as a means of promoting Australia’s national intellectual resource, 2008
  • QUT Manuscript Completion Grant, to assist in the writing and submission-for-publication of a paper reporting research reported within the Honours Thesis, 2008
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship: Offered by Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards, to encourage graduates to obtain formal training in public health research, to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research, 2008
  • Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) Road Safety Prize: Awarded to the student with the most outstanding thesis in the area of road safety in either the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Course or the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology Course, 2007
  • CARRS-Q Honours Bursary: Financial assistance to undertake Honours study within CARRS-Q, in recognition of a very strong academic record, professionalism, and commitment to hard work and excellence confirmed by referee reports, 2005
  • QUT Faculty of Health Equity Award: Awarded to a Health student who demonstrated exceptional application, determination and enterprise, 2005
  • QUT Student Leadership Award: Recognising outstanding contribution in community service and leadership, 2005
  • 2001 QUT A M Fraser Award: Awarded to a Health student who demonstrated exceptional application, determination and enterprise.
  • 1999 Golden Key National Society Invited Member: Recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence.

Publications

Key publications of Dr Bridie Scott-Parker are available at the USC Research Bank.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Situation awareness and the developing driver
  • The role of police warnings in risky behaviour
  • How does tuition by driving instructors and parents differ?
  • Getting in the car to ‘cool down’ – safety implications and potential interventions
  • Safe systems and the young driver
  • Safe systems and the older driver
  • Safe systems and route familiarity
  • Positive peer influence to reduce risk taking behaviour
  • Anxiety and depression and the risk taking behaviour of the adolescent
  • Sensation seeking and safe systems
  • Road safety and tailgating
  • Road safety and mobile phones
  • Mobility scooters and road safety
  • Mobility scooters and pedestrian safety
  • Self-awareness before driving – tiredness, emotions
  • Train surfing by teens
  • Risk factors identifiable through the Child Death Register

 Research grants

Project nameInvestigatorsFunding bodyYearFocus
Provision of advice on safer driving agreements in the Australian context Scott-Parker, B, Buckley, L, Senserrick, T, & Watson, B National Research Safety Council 2012 Safer driving agreements such as used in the American Checkpoints program require parents and their novice driver children to formalise driving rules and restrictions during the earliest part of independent driving. The evidence regarding their efficacy (crash- and offence-involvement), and the potential applicability of agreements in the Australian-context, was evaluated  
Identification of potentially high-risk young drivers Scott-Parker, B & Watson, B VicRoads 2013 The risky behaviours of young novice drivers, including non-compliance with general and graduated-driver-licensing-specific rules, were discussed, and a sub-group of riskier drivers identified and recommendations for intervention were made. The framework of Bandura’s reciprocal determinism model was used to further elucidate personal, behavioural, and structural influences upon risky driving