Bridie's doctoral dissertation 'A comprehensive investigation of the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers' comprised 11 peer-reviewed publications on such topics as the impact of changes to Queensland’s graduated driver licensing program; measuring the risky behaviour of young novice drivers; and the role of sensation seeking, reward and punishment sensitivity, anxiety and depression in the risky behaviour of young novice drivers. Bridie's research focus includes the pervasive problem of young and novice drivers being disproportionately represented in road crash injuries and fatalities. She is interested in a safe systems approach to young driver road safety, intervention development and evaluation, with a particular focus upon the development of the driver from the pre-licence period, through the Learner and Provisional 1 driving phases. She is also interested in adolescent risk taking, and the influence of personal, social (parents, peers), and structural (legislation, police) influences upon risky behaviour.
As leader of the University of the Sunshine Coast Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU), Bridie is also interested in adolescent health and wellbeing more generally, and this includes risk taking, and the influence of personal, social (parents, peers), and structural (legislation, police) influences upon risky behaviour. Teen behaviours such as juvenile delinquency and distracted pedestrians are also of interest.
Queensland 2015 Young Tall Poppy of the Year