Established by Charter, the Council’s objective and purpose is to provide advice and research on road safety education to support the development and continuing improvement and efficacy of RSE programs in reducing youth road trauma.
The Council helps ensure that RSE Programs remain evidence-based and at the forefront of quality road safety education for young people. The members of the Council are eminent researchers from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The combined experience and expertise concerning youth road safety that they bring to our organisation is significant.
Dr Neale Kinnear is a Chartered Psychologist in the study of human behaviour and transport and Lead Behavioural Scientist at Humn, a data-driven insurtech that’s reimagining vehicle insurance. Neale has experience of providing research and insight for governments and commercial clients providing technical expertise for developing interventions, evaluation and evidence-based policy. Neale has extensive knowledge and experience of international scientific literature in relation to driver behaviour particularly that of young and novice drivers, graduated driver licensing, driver training and education, distraction, telematics and speeding. His knowledge and expertise has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, international books and has been presented widely at national and international conferences. Neale also sits on the Young Driver Subcommittee and the Standing Committee on Operator Education and Regulation for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), USA.
Professor Teresa Senserrick is a Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). Teresa was trained in developmental psychology and has over two decades of experience in health and safety research in Australia and internationally. Since focusing on road safety in 1999, she has become renowned for her expertise in education, training and graduated licensing systems, especially for young and new drivers. She has a particular interest in addressing issues for at-risk and disadvantaged road users, including in low socioeconomic and rural/remote communities.
Teresa has been called upon to provide policy advice to several jurisdictions in Australia and internationally. She is an executive member of the Australasian College of Road Safety and inaugural member of the Young Driver Subcommittee and invited member of the Vehicle User Education, Training and Licensing Committee of the Transportation Research Board (US National Academies).
Dr Amanda Stephens is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). She has been working in road safety for almost two decades, having worked in the UK and Ireland before taking up her role at MUARC. Her research background is in the psychology behind driver behaviour. She has a particular interest in how emotions such as anger, anxiety or stress influence driver decisions and behaviour. She has published extensively in this area and has authored/co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and industry reports.
Amanda has also co-designed programs to support drivers to reduce or avoid anger and aggressive driving. She currently teaches on the MUARC Graduate Certificate of Road Safety and is the Unit Coordinator for the Communicating for Influence in Road Safety unit.
Professor Barry Watson is a Professor in the Faculty of Health at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). He has over 35 years experience in road safety research and policy development. As a founding member of CARRS-Q, Barry has been involved in the development and delivery of courses in road safety and traffic psychology for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Barry has lead research teams examining a range of road user behaviour issues including drink driving, speeding, driver licensing, driver education and traffic law enforcement.
Formerly a member, Professor Watson is now a consultant to the Council.
Mary Chamberlain is a director of Evaluation Associates and a consultant. As a thought leader in curriculum and assessment, Mary is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected educators. (Retired 2022 having served on the Council since 2018)