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Dr Verity Truelove

PhD QUT, GradDipBehavSc(Psych) QUT, BBehavSc(Psych) QUT

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • School of Law and Society
+61 7 5456 5420
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Room G.41, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Verity Truelove


Dr Verity Truelove is a senior research fellow at the Road Safety Research Collaboration.

She is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, publishing widely in high quartile peer reviewed journals. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland, QUT, which investigated the role of deterrence in promoting road rule compliance among young drivers.

She is currently involved in numerous projects that look at the impact of social media on driving behaviour, as well as projects that examine how to deter drivers from the risky behaviours of distracted driving, speeding, drink and drug driving, and tailgating. She is also currently supervising both PhD and honours students in these areas.

Professional Memberships

  • Co-founder of the Sunshine Coast Sub-Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety
  • Executive committee member of the Queensland chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety
  • Road Policing Academics Network member
  • Road Safety Research Network member
  • School of Law and Society Research Sub-Committee Member

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours students

  • The impact of social media on road rule violations
  • Deterrence
  • Road rule compliance
  • Comparative optimism bias
  • Self-regulation and driving
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies 

Research areas

  • Exploring the impact of social media on both promoting and preventing road rule violations
  • Exploring how new technology influences drivers’ perceptions of deterrence associated with road rule violations
  • Understanding police perceptions of phone use while driving enforcement
  • Examining young drivers’ progression to road rule transgressions over time
  • Examining the impact of legal and psychological factors on road rule compliance
  • Deterrence
  • Road rule compliance
  • Comparative optimism bias
  • Self-regulation and driving
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369847821000309?via%3Dihub
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369847821000528?via%3Dihub
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753520305166?via%3Dihub
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457520315669?via%3Dihub
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022437520301195?via%3Dihub
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457519316525?via%3Dihub

Verity Truelove's specialist areas of knowledge include road rule compliance, social psychology and criminology applied to road safety, deterrence theory and young drivers.

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