Professor Watt (PhD; BSc(Hons)) is an Epidemiologist with a background in research methods and evidence-based practice, with specific expertise in injury epidemiology & the prehospital/emergency sector. She is Principal Research Manager  in the Information Support, Research and Evaluation unit within Queensland Ambulance Service. She holds an Adjunct Professor position with the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, where she was formerly Associate Dean Research Education (3 years), and Team Leader of the Research Methods team (8 years) in the Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, responsible for teaching Epidemiology and Biostatistics to postgraduate and undergraduate students in the Health Sciences. Her research has a strong translational focus, in line with her ethos to increase the capacity of healht professionals in the prehospital/emergency sector to conduct, engage with and interpret high quality research to improve clinical practice, ultimately improving health and wellbeing of the community.   

 She has 100+ peer-reviewed publications (+several in press), which have attracted numerous citations (GoogleScholar: 29796); 9 monographs; 1 Encyclopaedia entry; and 90+ conference presentations (3 awards). Her H-index is 24. Her research has a strong translational focus, in line with her ethos to increase the evidence-base with high-quality research to improve health. She is a leading Investigator on several grants via competitively-funded schemes, & regularly engages in consultations. 

 Professor Watt was President of the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) for 4 years, and remains on the Executive. She was Co-Editor for the journal of the Australasian Epidemiology Association for 2 years. She has been a Board Member of Kidsafe QLD since 2016, and served on the Townsville Hospital and Health Services HREC for 3 years. She is a regular reviewer for NHMRC and EMF grants. 


Past PhD Students

As well as current PhD students (see "Supervision" tab for more details), Kerrianne has supervised students from other universities. These include:

  • The Epidemiology and Characteristics of Low Speed Vehicle Run Over Incidents in Queensland Children aged 0-15 years, Between 1999-2009 (Secondary Advisor; UQ)
  • The Psycho-social Impact of fatal Child Drowning in Queensland and the Availability and Use of Support (Secondary Advisor, UQ)
  • Drowning In Queensland Children and Adolescents 0-19yrs 2002-2008: Incidence, Risk Factors and Interventions (Secondary Advisor, UQ)
  • Environmentally-related health impacts of coal seam gas development: An impact assessment approach in Queensland, Australia (Secondary Advisor, UQ)
  • Feedback and self-rated driving abilities among older adults: the impact of advanced driver assistance systems (Secondary Advisor, QUT). Recommended for Outstanding Thesis Award.  
  • Preventing paediatric hot beverage scalds (Secondary Advisor. UQ).  
  • Injury Prevention/Epidemiology
  • Prehospital/Emergency
  • Epidemiology/Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Alcohol/Substance Use
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics (especially injury)
  • Public Health
  • Factors Associated with Performance and Anxiety in Learning Research Methods subjects
  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Injury Epidemiology / Prevention
  • 2020 to present - Principal Research Manager, Queensland Ambulance Service (Brisbane)
  • 2016 to 2020 - Associate Dean, Research Education, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2020 - Associate Professor, Injury Epidemiology/Research Methods, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Director, Research Training, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook Univeristy (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Senior Lecturer, Injury Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2005 to 2009 - Clinical Research Co-ordinator, Australian Centre for Prehospital Research (Brisbane)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Research Fellow, Violence Research Group; Department of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff, Wales, UK)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2014 - Nominated for Australian Road Safety Community Program Award (Low speed vehicle run over multimedia education campaign)
  • 2013 - National Road Safety Award – “”Low Speed Vehicle Runover project”
  • 2012 - Ambassador, Kidsafe Queensland
  • 2009 - • Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, Grant Review Panel
  • 2008 - Australia Day Achievement Medallion for “Exemplary contribution to the research activity of the Australian Centre for Prehospital Research”
  • 2004 - Joint Winner, Best Poster. Annual Symposium for the Society for the Study of Addiction, York, United Kingdom.
  • 2003 - Runner up, Best Poster. Annual Symposium for the Society for the Study of Addiction, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 2001 - Student Bursary, Australian Injury Prevention Network, for attendance at National Injury Prevention Conference, Warrnambool, 2001
  • 1996 - Finalist in Australian Red Cross Young Ambassador Awards
  • 2016 - Director, Kidsafe QLD Board (Social Inclusion Portfolio & Deputy Chair, Clinical Advisory Board, from August 2017)
  • 2013 - Member, Ethics Committee, Townsville Hospital and Health Services
  • 2012 - Global Burden of Disease, Injury Expert Group
  • 2010 - ICE (International Collaboration on Injury Research Methods)
  • 1999 - Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • 2009 to 2014 - • Public Health Association of Australia (Injury Prevention Special Interest Group; & Executive Committee, QLD Branch)
  • 2013 to 2016 - President, Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • 2013 to 2014 - Co-Editor, Journal for Australasian Epidemiological Association

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • Franklin R, Miller L, Watt K and Leggat P (2021) Tourist injury. In: Tourist Health, Safety and Wellbeing in the New Normal. Springer, Singapore, pp. 189-218

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 110+ research outputs authored by Prof Kerrianne Watt from 2012 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Cannabis Withdrawal Among Indigenous Detainees/Inmates. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Psychological intervention for reducing emergency department (ED) representations ? A randomised controlled trial (RCT) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Perils in Paradise: The epidemiology of tourist injuries in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Variance in Policy Adoption in the Pacific: The case for Context-Specific NCD Prevention and Control Measures and the role of the NCD Best Buys (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Improving the search: An exploratory study into locating disposed homicide victims. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • We tried that and it didn?t work: Is measured implementation of health programs the secret to health improvement. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Aeromedical Retrieval of People with Acute Behavioural Disturbance (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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