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DSM staff profile

Dr Rebecca Brookland

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine
QualificationsPGDipArts MA(Otago) PhD
Research summaryRoad safety and licensing policy: Gerontology research; injury epidemiology
TeachingResearch higher degree student supervision. Contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Public Health.
MembershipsCollaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) Steering Committee

Research

Rebecca is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research Strategy in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, and has a PhD (Public Health) and MA (Psychology) from the University of Otago. Dr Brookland previously held a postdoctoral fellowship (Division of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2013-2015).

Rebecca leads the Transport, Mobility and Health Research Team and her main research interests are road safety, driver licence and transport policy, and injury epidemiology. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) funded prospective cohort study of older drivers and family (2018-2022). She is also an investigator on several young driver projects: GDL compliance and policing theory in Australia; Evaluation of NZ Police licensing programme for young offenders; and the Australian DRIVE project, a cohort study of 20,822 young drivers.

Rebecca contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Public Health and is available to supervise student projects.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Several project opportunities exist with the Transport, Mobility and Health Research Team.

Preventive and Social Medicine research opportunities

Current projects

  • Principal Investigator, Predictors and impact of driving cessation on older adults and whānau/families (2018-2022, funded by HRC)
  • Associate Investigator, Young Adult Compliance (YAC) Project: The road to compliance: Integrating three theories to better understand provisional drivers’ compliance behaviour (2018–2020, funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award to Dr Lyndel Bates, Griffith University)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Dunedin Community Driving Programme (2016-2018, funded by DSM)
  • Associate Investigator, Young Driver DRIVE Cohort Re-linkage Project (2017-2019, funded by NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust, Australia)

Past projects

  • Principal Investigator, Older drivers, families and GPs: Navigating the path between mobility and safety (2015-2018, funded by HRC)
  • 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 Griffith Criminology Institute and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Visiting Scholars Award (2018)
  • 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.
  • Awarded a University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Career Development Programme Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013–2015)

Publications

Taylor, J. E., Connolly, M. J., Brookland, R., & Samaranayaka, A. (2018). Understanding driving anxiety in older adults. Maturitas. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.10.008

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

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

Journal - Research Article

Taylor, J. E., Connolly, M. J., Brookland, R., & Samaranayaka, A. (2018). Understanding driving anxiety in older adults. Maturitas. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.10.008

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

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

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

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

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., 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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