Researcher biography

Dr Jason Ferris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at The University of Queensland and holds an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He leads the Drug Alcohol Crime Health Research (DACHR) Program and is the Environmental Epidemiology Theme Leader for the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Science (QAEHS). He is an Affiliate Senior Research Fellow with the School of Social Science, UQ, and is the chief biostatistician for the Global Drug Survey. He is involved in a number of key projects: including 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 'Lockout' laws, 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.

As a senior statistician with ReMASS he develops and teaches training models in research methods and statistical analysis. The Institute for Social Science Research has been running these training courses since 2012: Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics (MFSAS). Since its inception in 2012 he has been course coordinator and trainer for a number of these training modules (see below). In 2016 he became the Director of MFSAS. Between 2016-2017 he was also the ISSR Co-postgraduate Coordinator.

MFSAS courses: -- Understanding Data -- Recognising Differences -- Understanding Differences -- Recognising Change -- Quantifying Relationships -- Stata: An introduction -- Stata: Code and graphics

In September, 2015, Dr 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.

Finally, Dr Ferris is an external consultant for ISSR providing expert advice in statistical analysis and quantitative methods.