My research expertise is in research methods and statistics within social science and public health focusing particularly on alcohol and drug research. I am informed by public health and criminological theories.

Analysing statistical information can provide the necessary knowledge to turn data that appears without purpose to be meaningful knowledge - and perhaps meaningful interventions and policy responses to drugs, alcohol and other social problems.

NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Theme Leader: Epidemiology, (QAEHS)                                                                                


Associate Professor Jason Ferris is a drug and alcohol epidemiologist 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 Program and is the Environmental Health 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.

Jason has a PhD in Alcohol Epidemiology (University of Queensland), Master degree in Biostatistics (University of Melbourne) and a first class honours degree in Psychology (James Cook University). He is a GStat member of the Statistical Society of Australia and an active member of the Australasian Professional Society of Alcohol and Drugs (APSAD), Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) and International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP).

With over 15 years of social science and public health research experience he is an expert in epidemiological, longitudinal, bio-statistical and spatial analysis methods, drawing on both criminological and public health theories to better understand policy responses to drug and alcohol problems at the local, state and national levels. Jason is a chief investigator on 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 Alcohol Fuelled Violence Policy, and a national review of the links between random breath testing and alcohol-related road traffic accidents. He has been a principal researcher on a number of collaborative research grants and tenders from funding bodies such as Queensland Government, Department of Health and Aging, Australian National Preventive Health Agency, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Australian Research Council Linkage, Criminology Research Council, and National Health and Medical Research Council (over $3.5 million).

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 and a PhD in alcohol and drug epidemiology 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. His work has been published in various journals, not limited to but include: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; Drug and Alcohol Review; Addiction Research and Theory; Addiction; Field Methods; BMC Medical Research Methods; and International Journal of Drug Policy. Jason has been a member of a number of advisory boards including the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) and the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) and been invited as an scientific expert on a number of state and federal roundtables.

Full profile: Assoc Professor Jason Ferris on UQ Researchers

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NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Theme Leader: Environmental Health Epidemiology, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Science (QAEHS)

Director of MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics)


Psychology (1st Class Honours)

Master of Biostatistics

PhD (Alcohol Epidemiology)