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Professor Teresa Senserrick
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services, Transportation and Freight Services
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PhD (University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
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  • Queensland Executive, Australasian College of Road Safety, elected member
  • Advisory Panel Member – ‘Braking The Cycle’ in Remote Communities
  • Queensland Police Service Southern Region Road Safety Committee, invited member
  • Transportation Research Board Vehicle User Education, Training and Licensing Committee (ACH60), invited member
  • Transportation Research Board Young Driver Subcommittee, inaugural member
  • Road Safety Education Australasia Advisory Council, inaugural/invited member
  • Australasian Road Safety Conference Scientific Subcommittee, invited member
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Teresa Senserrick PhD, Professor at the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), has over 20 years of experience in road safety research in Australia and internationally. Her PhD in developmental psychology explored adolescent motivation and risk taking, and she continues to focus her research on youth and young adults, particularly new drivers and motorcyclists, and First Nations road users. Education, training and graduated licensing systems are her specific areas of expertise, with particular interest in addressing issues for at-risk and disadvantaged road users, including in low socioeconomic and rural/remote communities.

Current projects and PhD supervision:

  • Evaluation of the Puuya Foundation’s Puuya approach in a remote First Nations community.
  • Development of culturally safe driver licensing initiatives as diversionary or in-custody programs for First Nations unlicensed driving offenders.
  • Review of best-practice graduated licensing for novice motorcycle riders.
  • Evaluation of Tasmania’s new graduated driver licensing system.
  • Systematic review of factors that influence young drivers’ speed choices.
  • Evaluation of a novel intervention to support young drivers to maintain safe speeds.
  • Mental health and risky behaviours as predictors of road injury among young people.
  • In-depth exploration of headway and rear-end crashes.
  • Safe driving practice: development of professional best-practice instruction for learner drivers.
  • Influence of attachment style and social support on safe driving behaviours.
  • Psychosocial benefits of learner driver mentoring programs for low socioeconomic youth.
This information has been contributed by Professor Teresa Senserrick.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Evaluate the impact and efficacy of LDMPs in relation to the psychosocial, societal and road safety benefits they provide marginalised and disadvantaged learner drivers in regional, rural, remote and urban Australian communities
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr David Rodwell
  • Driving after Concussion and Driving Risk Classification Tool
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King