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
- 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
|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
- Injury Prevention (drink driving, drug driving)
- Rule Compliance
- Models of Risk Assessment
- Models of Specific and General Deterrence
- Social Science
- Injury Prevention
- Forensic Psychology
- Age, gender and deterrability: Are younger male drivers more likely to discount the future?
- Beyond the threat of legal sanctions: What deters speeding behaviours?
- Does getting away with it count? An application of Stafford and Warr's reconceptualised model of deterrence to drink driving
- Personality versus traffic accidents; meta-analysis of real and method effects
- Predicting crashes using traffic offences. A meta-analysis that examines potential bias between self-report and archival data
- The law isn't everything: The impact of legal and non-legal sanctions on motorists' drink driving behaviours