Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU)

University of the Sunshine Coast

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Teenager texting while walking across a road

The Adolescent Risk Research Unit aims to understand the nature of adolescent risk, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of all adolescents. Cutting-edge methodologies and evidence-based practice guide our research efforts in the domains of road safety, mental health and social influence, with the aim of optimising health and wellbeing of adolescents throughout their lifetime


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Adolescent risky behaviour
  • Advocacy and education regarding adolescent risk
  • Traffic and transport psychology
  • Behaviour intervention
  • Teen depression
  • Road safety
  • Intervention evaluation
  • Holisitic approach to teen health
  • Systems thinking
  • Qualitative, quantitative, naturalistic and simulator-based research

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience -Thompson Institute, 12 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya, 4575

Lead researcher

Achievements of the centre

  • 2014-2019 Australian Research Council Linkage grant to improve professional driving instruction outcomes for young drivers, involving research partners from Sydney, Switzerland, and Washington DC.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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