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ARRU places considerable emphasis on research training through our postgraduate program comprising PhD and Masters degree projects focused on adolescents and road safety.​

We currently have the following new Graduate Diploma students:

  • Hannah McKee
  • Melissa Marchelier
  • Vanessa Anjachak

We currently have the following PhD students:​

  • Natalie Watson-Brown, Safe driving practice for learner drivers: Development of professional best-practice instruction​
  • Clara Silvi, Driving with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)​
  • Tom Astle, Toward an understanding of the psychosocial influences involved in shared autonomous vehicle acceptance: Dispositional and Environmental factors

We currently have the following Masters degree students exploring issues across a diverse range of contexts:​

  • Monica Semrad

We currently have the following Honours degree students exploring issues across a diverse range of contexts:​

  • Cindy Traves
  • Brigette Shelswell

For further information regarding our HDR program and opportunities please contact Dr Bridie Scott-Parker via email:


A fantastic opportunity to learn about the world of research in the Adolescent Risk Research Unit.

Are you studying Psychology? Are you interested in learning more about what ‘research’ really means, beyond what you learn in class or in a textbook? Had you even considered a research career? Join the Adolescent Risk Research Unit team and take part in one of Dr Bridie Scott-Parker’s projects at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute.

ARRU places considerable emphasis on research training through our undergraduate program comprising internship degree projects focused on adolescents and road safety. We also offer international internship opportunities.

For further information regarding our internship program please contact Tyrone Huckstep via email:

“I first saw Bridie lecture in my Current Directions in Psychology course while studying in the first year of my degree. I felt we shared the same passion to reduce the risks young people face on our roads. I approached Bridie to commence an internship and have had the opportunity to contribute to her research and the success of the ARRU unit. I have now been appointed as a casual Research Assistant and continue to integrate my studies in a fantastic working environment with a leading researcher.” — Jo Goodlet

“My daughter attended Bridie’s lecture last year and came home enamoured and impressed with the amount of passion Bridie exhibited. She told me what she had learnt in the lecture and some of what Bridie was working on, and also that Bridie was looking for interns. At that point in time, I was a full time mum looking for something to do during school hours, so my daughter put me in touch with Bridie, and it just all took off from there. I started off as an intern and am now working in the unit. It’s great to be here and learn all about adolescent risk and work on world-first projects to keep young drivers safe. I love working here in a wonderfully supportive environment with a great team and improving my own skills in research. I understand that the methods of research are not the most interesting thing to learn — that it may seem boring and slow sometimes — but being here, what we are doing is transforming data into evidence, and truly making a change in the world. So come join us!" — Bonnie Huang 

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