Lisa Buckley, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Research Scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
  • Research Faculty Affiliate, CHGD
  • University of Michigan
    Transportation Research Institute
    2901 Baxter Rd.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150



Dr. Buckley’s overall research expertise overlies health-behavior-change program development, implementation, and evaluation including the translation of theory to evidence-based practice. She has focused on behavioral change research in efforts to reduce adolescent and young-adult injury, primarily around the use of alcohol, experience of violence and road-related risk behaviors. Her work focuses on protective factors to reduce harm through supportive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers and motivation to adopt healthy behavior. She has a particular interest in the role of passengers and the way in which they can promote driving safety.

Dr. Buckley is an assistant research scientist in the Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group. She received her Ph.D. from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2008. In 2013, she moved to UMTRI from the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety-Queensland, QUT where she was a senior research fellow.

Before moving to the University of Michigan, Dr. Buckley was a principal investigator (PI) on a number of projects. These included a randomized cluster controlled trial of a school-based injury prevention program for early adolescents (funded by the Australian Research Council-Discovery Projects). She served as supervisor for Ph.D. students on related projects; examining the role of first aid in preventing injury, examining the potential for population-delivered programs to address behavior change for high-risk youth, and the role of school connectedness in reducing transport and other injuries. She has led projects in areas of behavior-change program design and evaluation for adolescent and young-adult road-safety and alcohol harm minimization.  The projects considered the role of peers, schools, parents, and community in promoting adolescent health. Dr Buckley has also received international funding focused on young-driver safety and road-safety programs for low/middle-income countries.

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