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.

Senior Research Fellow

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 and Crime Research Program and works within the Research Methods and Social Statistics (ReMASS) Program. 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 the Australian Market and Social Research Society and Australasian Professional Society of Alcohol and Drugs (APSAD), Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) and American Society of Criminology (ASC; Division of Experimental Criminology).

With almost 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 has been a principal researcher on a number of collaborative research grants and tenders from funding bodies such as Queensland Goverment, Department of Health and Aging, Australian National Preventive Health Agency, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Australian Research Council Linkage, Criminolog Research Council, and National Health and Medical Research Council (over $2.5 million).

He has a well-established publication record, focusing on alcohol and drug research, and public health.  In 2014 he was the receipent of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Early Career Reserach Award (Highly Commended) and in 2015 he won the Award. His work has been published in various journals, including Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; Drug and Alcohol Review; Addiction Research and Theory; Addiction; Field Methods; BMC Medical Research Methods; and Journal of Sexual Medicine. Jason is 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). He is also an ongoing member of the scientific committee for the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) and was a member of the scientific committee for the recent Australasian  Drug and Alcohol Straegy Conference (2015).

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Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Director of MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics)

Co-postgraduate Coordinator


Psychology (1st Class Honours)

Master of Biostatistics

PhD (Alcohol Epidemiology)