Associate Professor James Freeman - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor James Freeman

Bach Soc Science (Hons Psychology), PhD

  • Principal Research Fellow
07 5456 5389
Office location
Sunshine Coast


A/Professor Freeman works at the USC Road Safety Collaboration. He has a long history of conducting research in the injury prevention domain, particularly in the areas of preventing drink and drug driving, enhancing rule compliance (eg normative and instrumental factors), common method variance (eg stable and unstable method effects), risk assessment, etc. He has been awarded a variety of competitive research grants and has supervised numerous PhD students. A/Professor Freeman is also a registered psychologist and has expertise (and membership) in forensic psychology.

Professional membership

  • Psychologist registration (APRHA)
  • Forensic Psychology (APS College of Forensic Psychologists)
  • Forensic Psychology (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law)


  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012)

Research publications

Potential Research Projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Full time (3 year) PhD scholarship currently available (starting in 2019) on a road safety topic
  • Honours project – analysing data to identify factors that influence rule compliance
  • Honours project – examining the usefulness of self-report data on offending behaviours

Research grants 

Grant / Project name Investigators Funding Body and A$ Value Years Focus (of Research Grant)

How much exposure is enough: a study to optimise general deterrence initiatives to prevent drink driving 

J Freeman, J Davey, K Armstrong Road Safety Trauma Mitigation Fund $295,237 2017-2019 Examining the impact of police enforcement on offending behaviours

Research areas

  • Injury Prevention (drink driving, drug driving, et)
  • Rule Compliance
  • Models of Risk Assessment
  • Models of Specific and General Deterrence

Teaching areas

  • Social Science
  • Injury Prevention
  • Forensic Psychology