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CARE Profile

Dr Rebecca Brookland

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsPGDipArts MA(Otago) PhD
Research summaryRoad safety and licensing policy: Gerontology research; injury epidemiology
MembershipsCollaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) Steering Committee

Research

Rebecca is a Research Fellow with the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, and has a PhD (Public Health) and MA (Psychology) from the University of Otago. Her PhD thesis investigated parental influence on the driving experiences of young drivers, as part of the New Zealand Drivers Study. Dr Brookland previously held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award (2013-2015).

Rebecca's principal research interests are road safety, gerontology, and injury epidemiology, with a focus on young drivers, transport and mobility, family influence on road safety, and driver licence policy. She currently leads a Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) funded project investigating safety and mobility issues for older drivers, families, and GPs, and is an investigator on an evaluation of a community driving programme. She is also an investigator on an Australian young driver project.

Current Projects:

  • Principal Investigator, Older drivers, families and GPs: Navigating the path between mobility and safety (2015-2018, funded by HRC)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Dunedin Community Driving Programme (2016-2017, funded by DSM)
  • Associate Investigator, Young Driver DRIVE Cohort Re-linkage Project (2016-2017, funded by NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust, Australia)

Past Projects:

  • Principal Investigator, Testing risk segmentation model for young drivers (2014, funded by New Zealand Transport Agency)
  • Co-investigator, New Zealand Drivers Study: A follow-up of newly licensed drivers (2005-2013, funded by HRC, ACC, Road Safety Trust)
  • Co-investigator, Liquor Licensing Support Officer Trial Evaluation (2005, funded by NZ Police)
  • Co-investigator, Monitoring the ACC Stop Bus Programme (2002-2005, funded by ACC)

Additional details

Awarded a University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Career Development Programme Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2013–2015)

Awarded invitation to the Commonwealth Science Conference, Bangalore, India, November 2014. Invited by the Royal Society (London) and the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

Publications

Begg, D., Brookland, R., & Connor, J. (2017). Associations of repeated high alcohol use with unsafe driving behaviours, traffic offences, and traffic crashes among young drivers: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(2), 111-117. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1224345

Begg, D., & Brookland, R. (2015). Participation in driver education/training courses during graduated driver licensing, and the effect of a time-discount on subsequent traffic offenses: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of Safety Research, 55, 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.07.003

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Brookland, R. L., Ameratunga, S., & Gulliver, P. (2014). Pre-licensed driving experience and car crash involvement during the learner and restricted, licence stages of graduated driver licensing: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 62, 153-160. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.027

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2014). Parental influence on adolescent compliance with graduated driver licensing conditions and crashes as a restricted licensed driver: New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 69, 30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.034

Gulliver, P., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., & Langley, J. (2013). Learner driver experiences and crash risk as an unsupervised driver. Journal of Safety Research, 46, 41-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2013.03.007

Journal - Research Article

Begg, D., Brookland, R., & Connor, J. (2017). Associations of repeated high alcohol use with unsafe driving behaviours, traffic offences, and traffic crashes among young drivers: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(2), 111-117. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1224345

Begg, D., & Brookland, R. (2015). Participation in driver education/training courses during graduated driver licensing, and the effect of a time-discount on subsequent traffic offenses: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of Safety Research, 55, 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.07.003

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Brookland, R. L., Ameratunga, S., & Gulliver, P. (2014). Pre-licensed driving experience and car crash involvement during the learner and restricted, licence stages of graduated driver licensing: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 62, 153-160. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.027

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2014). Parental influence on adolescent compliance with graduated driver licensing conditions and crashes as a restricted licensed driver: New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 69, 30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.034

Gulliver, P., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., & Langley, J. (2013). Learner driver experiences and crash risk as an unsupervised driver. Journal of Safety Research, 46, 41-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2013.03.007

Langley, J., Begg, D., Samaranayaka, A., Brookland, R., & Weiss, H. (2013). Unsupervised driving by learner licence holders: Associated characteristics and crash risk. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 60, 24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.07.021

Langley, J., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Samaranayaka, A., Jordan, H., & Davie, G. (2012). Nonprogression through graduated driver licensing: Characteristics, traffic offending, and reasons for nonprogression. Traffic Injury Prevention, 13(1), 7-13. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2011.635170

Langley, J., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., McDowell, A., & Broughton, J. (2012). Establishment of the New Zealand Drivers Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1357). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Brookland, R., & Begg, D. (2011). Adolescent, and their parents, attitudes towards graduated driver licensing and subsequent risky driving and crashes in young adulthood. Journal of Safety Research, 42(2), 109-115.

Begg, D., Langley, J., Broughton, J., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., & McDowell, A. (2009). New Zealand drivers study: A follow-up study of newly licensed drivers. Injury Prevention, 15(4), e2. doi: 10.1136/ip.2009.021998

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2009). Parent and adolescent risky driving behaviours: New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 20(1), 52-59.

Begg, D., Langley, J., Brookland, R., McDowell, A., Ameratunga, S., & Broughton, J. (2009). The opinions of newly licensed drivers in New Zealand on the minimum car driver licensing age and reasons for getting a licence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1306). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1306/3880/content.pdf

Begg, D. J., Brookland, R., Hope, J., Langley, J. D., & Broughton, J. R. (2003). New Zealand drivers study: Developing a methodology for conducting a follow-up study of newly licensed drivers. Journal of Safety Research, 34, 329-336.

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