RSE Advisory Council
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 will help 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.
Professor Barry Watson, PhD is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). He has over 25 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.
Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick, PhD is a member of the Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Group, University of New South Wales. 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 over 200 publications, reports and presentations, and has been called upon to provide policy advice to several jurisdictions in Australia and The United States and in Sweden.
Dr Neale Kinnear, PhD, BSc (Hons), CAD is a principal psychologist in the study of human behaviour and transport at TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. Neale has led or contributed to numerous studies evaluating driver training and education, advanced methods for driver instruction, and studies to understand the needs of novice drivers. In 2013 Neale was the lead author of an international evidence review of best practice for novice driver safety for the UK Government. Neale’s work has been widely published and he has presented at various international conferences. Neale has also served as a collision investigator attending crash scenes and providing psychological input to crash reconstruction.
Associate Professor Samuel Charlton , PhD, MA, BA is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. A member of the Traffic and Road Safety Research Group (TARS) for the past 20 years, his work has examined a range of road transport issues such as driver attentiveness and fatigue, drivers’ perceptions of risk, acute protracted error effects associated with alcohol, the effect of cell phones on driver performance, the conspicuity and comprehension of hazard warning signs, and the design of self-explaining roads. Samuel is also interested in driving as skilled behaviour, and how it can inform theory development in attention, decision-making, and automaticity of performance. For many years he was technical director of human factors and training analysis for the US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center.
Dr Marilyn Johnson, PhD is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University where she leads the Cycling and Walking Research Group. Her research focuses on cyclist safety including electric bikes, motorised mobility scooters and the elderly, driver training and, cyclist fatality crash factors. She is also the Research Manager at the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF), where she ensures activities and programs are based on critically evaluated scientific evidence. Marilyn was a significant contributor to action that has led to the amendment of minimum passing distance legislation in several Australian jurisdictions. She has over 10 years experience in road safety research and policy development and has provided expert advice on road safety policy in Australia and internationally.