Professor James Freeman | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor James Freeman

PhD QUT, Hons (Psych) QUT, BSocSc (Psych) QUT

  • Deputy Leader, USC Road Safety Research Collaboration
07 5430 1142
Office location
Room G.44, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Dr James Freeman


Professor James Freeman works as a Research Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the USC Road Safety Research Collaboration (RSRC).

He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications in the field of injury prevention and has a range of research interests including: perceptions of risk, risk assessment, common method effects, optimism bias and impaired driving.

He has been awarded a range of competitive national grants including an Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship that was followed by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant, both of which focussed on developing risk assessment methods.

He has supervised more than 10 PhD students to completion in areas such as injury prevention, perceptions of risk and risk assessment and has presented research findings at national and international conferences.


  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Professional Memberships

  • International Committee Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS)
  • Psychologist - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Australian Psychological Society - Forensic Psychology College (APS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

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

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours students

  • Drink and drug driving
  • Fatigue and injury
  • Value of self-report data
  • Rule compliance
  • Models of deterrence

Research areas

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

Teaching areas

  • Social Science
  • Injury Prevention
  • Forensic Psychology