Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick

Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, University of New South Wales, Australia

teresa_senserrick-1Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick heads the novice road user research programme at TARS Research.

Teresa was trained in developmental psychology and has two decades of experience in health and safety research. Since focusing on road safety in 1999, she has become internationally renowned for her expertise in young and novice driver research, particularly regarding driver training, education and graduated licensing.

She has more than 200 publications, reports and presentations, and has been called upon to provide policy advice to several jurisdictions in Australia, the United States, Sweden and Argentina.

She presently includes a focus in her work on novices, disadvantaged youth and communities, including new drivers, new motorcyclists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Teresa is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council to Road Safety Education Australasia, Chair of the Sydney Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety and member of its Australasian Executive; a member of the Operator Education and Regulation Committee of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Science, United States) and an inaugural member of its Young Driver Subcommittee; a member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Road Safety Policy Committee (United States) and a member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.

She is also an Associate Editor of the journal BMC Public Health, and has been a supervisor and mentor of PhD candidates since 2008.

Reducing young driver crashes: what should we be targeting?
This presentation will highlight the array of factors that contribute to young drivers’ over-representation in road crashes and how driver education and licensing initiatives seek to address these, for better or worse. Research on the latest promising approaches in Australia will be presented.