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Jason Ferris

Associate Professor, Senior Biostatistician and Program Leader, The University of Queensland
Associate Professor Jason Ferris, is a research academic at the Centre for Health Services Research and he is the Program Leader for Research and Statistical Services across the Faculty of Medicine. As a research academic he leads the Drug Alcohol Crime Health Research (DACHR). He holds an honorary professorial role at Turning Point, Victoria and he is affiliate academic with the School of Social Science, UQ. Associate Professor Ferris is also the Chief Data Scientist for the Global Drug Survey.

He is involved in a number of key projects: The Overarching Evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program (CHYME), the evaluation of ProjectSTOP (a decision-making national database for pharmacists aimed at preventing the use of pseudoephedrine based products as a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine), the Queensland evaluation of the Alcohol Fuelled Violence Policy, and a national review of the links between random breath testing and alcohol-related road traffic accidents. Jason has over 15 years of social science and public health research experience. He has a well-established publication record with a strong focus on alcohol and drug research and public health. With a Master degree in biostatistics he has well developed and expansive quantitative methods skills and a broad range of experience in many of the facets of both social science and medical research. In July 2014 his PhD on alcohol epidemiology was conferred.

Previously, as a senior statistician at the Institute for Social Science Research he developed and taught a number of training models in research methods and statistical analysis as part of the Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics (MFSAS). Since its inception in 2012 he has been course coordinator and trainer for numerous training modules. In 2016 he became the Director of MFSAS. Between 2016-2017 he was also the ISSR Co-postgraduate Coordinator.

In September, 2015, A/Prof Ferris received the University of Queensland, Early Career Researcher Award within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. In September, 2014, Dr Ferris received a highly commended Early Career Researcher Award within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

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Aug 15, 2019 17:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

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Aug 15, 2019 17:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views

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Lessons from Queensland on alcohol, violence and the night-time economy

Aug 12, 2019 06:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This is the first in a series of articles on a recently released comprehensive evaluation of the Queensland governments 2016 policy reforms to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and the implications for alcohol regulation and...

The profile of festival drug takers might be different to what you expect

Jul 18, 2019 23:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

A NSW Coronial Inquest investigating a series of drug-related deaths at Australian music festivals has heard evidence of festival goers taking multiple concurrent doses of MDMA to avoid police detection and not receiving...

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