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Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne

Jason Thompson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD) Research Hub, Melbourne School of Design. With a background in psychology and medicine, Jason’s work as an ARC DECRA Fellow is focused on the translation of research into practice across the areas of transportation, heavy-vehicle safety, public health, post-injury rehabilitation, and health system design. Jason holds a PhD in Medicine, Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ballarat, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Deakin University.

Jason has expertise in methods of computational social science for the modelling of urban, social, organisational, safety, rehabilitation, and active transport systems and has pioneered the use of agent-based models in areas of traditional health systems and transportation research.

Applied statistical analyses and computational modelling he conducted for State Government Agencies has contributed to tens of millions of dollars in savings since its development in 2010.

This project is focused on the effect that introduction of autonomous vehicles will have on Australia’s $5billion personal injury insurance scheme market. His work considering the impact of urban design on health has been published in The Lancet and has informed policy documents regarding rehabilitation system design from the World Health Organisation. It has contributed to debate in Australian Parliament concerning truck driver safety, and has informed the design of state-based compensation and rehabilitation systems.

Jason maintains membership of the European Complex Systems Society, Australian College of Road Safety, Australasian Society of Behavioural Medicine, Australian Economics Society, American Psychological Society (Rehabilitation Psychology Division & General Psychology Divisions), Australian Injury Prevention Network, Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, European Complex Systems Society, and is a Registered Psychologist.


  • 2015–present
    Snr Research Fellow, Universiy of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    Deakin University, Ph.D (Medicine)
  • 2005 
    University of Ballarat, M.Psychology (Clinical)
  • 1997 
    Deakin University, B.SC (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Road Safety