Associate Professor, The University of Queensland

Jason Ferris is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at The University of Queensland and holds an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He leads the Drug Alcohol Crime Health Research (DACHR) Program and is the Environmental Epidemiology Theme Leader for the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Science (QAEHS). He holds an honorary professorial role at Turning Point, Victoria and he is affiliate academic with the School of Social Science, UQ. Associate Professor Ferris is also the chief biostatistician for the Global Drug Survey.

Jason has a PhD in Alcohol Epidemiology (University of Queensland), Master degree in Biostatistics (University of Melbourne) and a first class honours degree in Psychology (James Cook University). He is a GStat member of the Statistical Society of Australia and an active member of the Australasian Professional Society of Alcohol and Drugs (APSAD) and the Kettil Bruun Society (KBS).

He is involved in a number of key projects: including the evaluation of ProjectSTOP (a decision-making national database for pharmacists aimed at preventing the use of pseudoephedrine based products as a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine), the Queensland evaluation of the 'Lockout' laws, and a national review of the links between random breath testing and alcohol-related road traffic accidents. With over 15 years of social science and public health research experience he is an expert in epidemiological, longitudinal, bio-statistical and spatial analysis methods, drawing on both criminological and public health theories to better understand policy responses to drug and alcohol problems at the local, state and national levels. Jason has been a principal researcher on a number of collaborative research grants and tenders from funding bodies such as Queensland Government, Department of Health and Aging, Australian National Preventive Health Agency, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Australian Research Council Linkage, Criminology Research Council, and National Health and Medical Research Council (over $3 million).

He has a well-established publication record, focusing on alcohol and drug research, and public health. In 2014 he was the receipent of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Early Career Reserach Award (Highly Commended) and in 2015 he won the Award. His work has been published in various journals, including Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; Drug and Alcohol Review; Addiction Research and Theory; Addiction; Field Methods; BMC Medical Research Methods; and Journal of Sexual Medicine.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow (Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Research), The University of Queensland


  • 2014 
    The University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy (Alcohol Epidemiology)