Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
Centre for Automotive Safety Research
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr James Thompson has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) since 2015. He is part of the in-depth crash investigation team at CASR and has recently worked on projects examining rear-end crashes, road safety in regional and remote areas, the safety of trains at passive level crossings and road trauma involving motorcyclists. He received his PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2014 for a thesis examining the road safety and mobility of older drivers who live in rural areas compared to those who live in urban areas.
My research largely falls within the human behaviour side of road safety and I have recently worked on projects examining rear-end crashes, road safety in regional and remote areas, the safety of trains at passive level crossings, road trauma involving motorcyclists and collisions between older pedestrians and motor vehicles.
I am available to supervise students for Honours and HDR programs. Students will be able to develop projects within the many areas of road user behavioural research. These include, but are not limited to, distraction (e.g., mobile phone use), the association between mental health and crashes (as a cause and consequence of crash involvement), road safety education, hazard perception abilities, cognitive and functional testing for relicensing, safety and mobility of older and younger drivers, the association of fatigue and crashes, and risky driving behaviour (alcohol/drug use, speeding).
Date Position Institution name 2015 - ongoing Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2014 - 2015 Research Assistant University of South Australia 2011 - 2011 Psychology 2 Tutor University of Adelaide 2011 - 2014 Research Assistant University of New South Wales 2009 - 2014 Postgraduate Student University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2009 - 2014 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2007 - 2007 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) 2004 - 2006 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
Year Citation 2018 Thompson, J., Wundersitz, L., & Raftery, S. (2018). Evaluation of the performance of Alcohol and Drug Awareness Courses currently provided in the ACT. In Proceedings of the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference (pp. 1-3). online: Australasiana College of Road Safety. 2017 Mackenzie, J., Thompson, J., & Dutschke, J. (2017). Development of a device suitable for naturalistic studies of passing distances between cyclists and vehicles. In Australasian Road Safety Conference. online: Australian College of Road Safety. 2016 Thompson, J., Baldock, M., Raftery, S., Mackenzie, J., Wall, J., & Iwanski, K. (2016). The Transport for New South Wales FleetCAT (Fleet Collision Avoidance Technology) Trial: Driver Attitudes to the Technology. In Proceedings of the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference (pp. 1 page). online: ACRS. 2016 Raftery, S., Wundersitz, L., Thompson, J., Woolley, J. E., & Oxley, J. (2016). The safety of child passengers of adult cyclists. In Proceedings of the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference. Canberra, Australia. 2013 Thompson, J., Baldock, M., Mathias, J., & Wundersitz, L. (2013). The benefits of measuring driving exposure using objective GPS-based methods and subjective self-report methods concurrently. In Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policy & Education Conference (pp. 1-11). online: ACRS. 2010 Thompson, J., Baldock, M., Mathias, J., & Wundersitz, L. (2010). Older drivers in rural and urban areas: Comparisons of crash, serious injury, and fatality rates. In Proceedings of the 2010 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference (pp. 1-10). www.rsconference.com: Australian Transport Council. 2008 Baldock, M., Thompson, J., & Mathias, J. (2008). Self-regulation of driving behaviour among older drivers: Findings from a five year follow up. In R. Anderson (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2008 Australasian road safety research, policing and education conference (pp. 470-478). CD: University of Adelaide.
Year Citation 2016 Thompson, J., Baldock, M. R., Mathias, J., & Wundersitz, L. (2016). A comparison of reported driving self-regulation by older adults and GPS-based measurements of their actual driving exposure. Poster session presented at the meeting of Sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP2016). Brisbane, Australia.
Report for External Bodies
2021 Road Safety Community Grants Program - Older pedestrian crashes in the ACT
2021 Road Safety Innovation Fund - In-depth no-blame investigation of crashes involving trucks
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