Dr Bridie Scott-Parker leads the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU).
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. Bridie's research focus includes the pervasive problem of young and novice drivers being disproportionately represented in road crash injuries and fatalities. She 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.
As leader of ARRU, Bridie is also interested in adolescent health and wellbeing more generally, and includes risk taking, and the influence of personal, social (parents, peers), and structural (legislation, police) influences upon risky behaviour. Teen behaviours such as juvenile delinquency and pedestrians are also of interest, in addition to the health, well-being and experiences of adolescents as they respond to climate change in vulnerable regions such as in the Pacific Islands.
Bridie frequently shares her research findings with the broader community through the media and community seminars and presentations.
- Australasian College of Road Safety
- Australian Injury Prevention Network
- International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety
- United States Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences Young Driver Subcommittee ANB30(1)
- Senior Blog Editor, Injury Prevention journal
- North Coast Interagency Road Safety Working Group
- USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to Dr Kate Mulgrew as the team leader and the PSY102 teaching team (including Bridie Scott-Parker)
- Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence, 2015: Excellence in Research – Early Career Researcher, University of the Sunshine Coast
- 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year, 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, in recognition of Bridie's scientific research and communication (jointly awarded with a QUT researcher)
- 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
- 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
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
- Road safety of emergency personnel, including paramedics
- The role of police warnings in risky behaviour
- Getting in the car to ‘cool down’ – safety implications and potential interventions
- Positive peer influence to reduce adolescent risky behaviour
- Anxiety and depression and the risk-taking behaviour of the adolescent
- Mobility scooters and road safety
- Mobility scooters and pedestrian safety
- Self-awareness before driving
- Risk factors identifiable through the Child Death Register
- Disorder eating in adolescence
- Situation awareness of paramedics
- Communicating with the adolescent
- Teen pedestrian behaviour
- Systemic intervention for juvenile delinquency
- Alcohol, teens, and parents
- Adolescence, sleep and risk
- Self-harm and the adolescent
- Autism and the adolescent
|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year||Focus|
|Establishing safe driving practice: Improving young learning driver training||(CI) Scott-Parker, B, Senserrick T, Watson, B||Australian Research Council Linkage grant (A$410,000)||2015||Developing a best practice model to enable professional driving instructors to teach higher-order skills, such as hazard perception, to young learner drivers to establish safe driving practices|
|State of the art literature review: Young drivers, peer passengers, and night-time driving||Scott-Parker, B||VicRoads||2015|
|Development of the New Driver Education programme||Scott-Parker, B||New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi||2015|
|Emotions, situation awareness and the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers||Scott-Parker, B||National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowship||2014|
|Engaging a high school P & C and university researchers to improve student welfare: Sleep, health risks, and Year 12 students||Scott-Parker, B, Oprescu, F & Watling, C||University of the Sunshine Coast Engagement Research Support Grant||2014|
|High risk young drivers||Scott-Parker, B & Mahar, D||Queensland Police Service||2014|
|High risk young drivers||Scott-Parker, B & Mahar, D||Sunshine Coast Council via Transport and Main Road Community Road Safety Grants||2014|
|The driving exposure of learner and provisional drivers: Gaining unique insights for effective intervention||Scott-Parker, B & Jones, C||University of the Sunshine Coast Research Grant||2014|
|Driving courtesy||Jones, C & Scott-Parker, B||RACQ||2014|
|Roadhero: Early intervention to maximise lifetime road safety||Jones, C & Scott-Parker, B||Queensland Police Service via Transport and Main Roads Community Road Safety Grants||2014|
|Validation of the behaviour of Young Novice Drivers Scale in a New Zealand young driver population||Scott-Parker, B||Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand||2013|
|Situation awareness and learning to drive: Are parents and teens seeing the same road?||Scott-Parker, B & Salmon, P||University of the Sunshine Coast Research Grant||2013|
|Professional driving instruction and the learner driver: What exactly happens during a driving lesson?||Scott-Parker, B||University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council Research Grant (A$16,296.00)|
|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|
|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|
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