Bios of Current Members

Jason Ferris, PhD, MBiostatistics
Associate Professor


Associate Professor Jason Ferris is a drug and alcohol epidemiologist and biostatistician with almost 20 years of public health research experience. He leads two programs within The University of Queensland, Substance Use and Mental Health (Centre for Health Services Research) and the Faculty of Medicine Research and Statistical Support Service (RASSS).

His extensive research portfolio, at the intersection of Substance Use and Mental Health, represents his efforts to increase public understanding of the harmful impacts of substances on mental and physical health. To date, A/Prof Ferris has been involved in over 25 funded research projects as a chief investigator: including the Queensland Alcohol-Related Violence and Night Time Economy Monitoring Evaluation, the Evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program and an NIH funded project: Optimizing Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint Configurations to Reduce Alcohol-Involved Crashes; with a further 6 grants in submission. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, more than 30 commissioned reports and his work has been presented at more than 150 international and national conferences (12 as invited speaker, keynote or plenary).

A/Prof Ferris is a member of the Advisory Council to the Queensland Mental Health Commission and an active collaborator with interRAI. In these roles, he provides expert consultation on the substance use and mental health trends of Australians, and as part of interRAI, he promotes the implementation of the interRAI community mental health tool across Queensland. Finally, drawing on his diverse expertise in statistics, methods, research and study design he has been the Chief Biostatistician for the Global Drug Survey since 2013. In 2019, The University of Queensland recognised his contributions to his research field: he was awarded The Outstanding Mid-Career Researcher within the Centre for Health Services and was chosen as a finalist for the Faculty of Medicine Leader of the Future Award (Academic).

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