Health, Safety, and Performance
Human Centered Design
Industry and Workforce Staffing and Systems
Military and Government
Research and Evaluation
To perform its role effectively, the Board draws on experts from a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Members are generally appointed for 3 year terms. The dynamic nature of the membership allows the Board to better keep pace both with the field and changing sponsor needs. Current membership includes experts in such domains as human factors engineering, biomechanics, neuroergonomics, systems engineering, engineering education, technology and industry, aviation, human factors of autonomous vehicles, teamwork and expertise, industrial and organizational psychology, healthcare and patient safety, and occupational and public health.
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Nancy J. Cooke, Ph.D., Chair
Professor, Cognitive Science and Engineering
Arizona State University
Science Director, Cognitive Engineering Research Institute
Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of applied psychology at Arizona State University and is science director and on the Board of Directors of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Cooke is also a section editor of Human Factors and serves on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Research Council Soldier Systems Panel. Dr. Cooke received a B.A. in psychology from George Mason University and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 1983 and 1987, respectively, from New Mexico State University. Currently, she supervises post doctoral, graduate and undergraduate research on team cognition with applications in design and training for military command-and-control systems, emergency response, medical systems, and uninhabited aerial systems. In particular, Dr. Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition. Her most recent work includes the development and validation of methods to measure team coordination, team communication, and team situation awareness and research on the impact of cross training, distributed mission environments, intact vs. mixed teams, workload stress on attention and memory, as well as team knowledge, process, and performance more generally. Dr. Cooke is the 2006 recipient of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's O. Keith Hansen Outreach Award. Dr. Cooke has served as a member of BOHSI since 2007 and has participated in two study panels on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology (2005-7) and the Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage (2004-5).
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Ellen Bass, Ph.D.
College of Information Science and Technology
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Ellen Bass is a professor in the College of Information Science and Technology and in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel Univeristy. She has over 30 years of human-centered systems engineering research and design experience in air transportation, biomedical informatics, healthcare, process control, and weather-related applications. Early in her career, she was a systems engineering practitioner specifying and testing the human-automation interaction for real-time, complex systems. Since then she has established a strong research program in that area of human factors. Among her professional service, she serves as the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Human-machine Systems, a member of the editorial board for the journals Human Factors, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, IIE Transaction on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, and the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, and is the chair elect of the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (CEDM) Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Bass served on a panel of the National Academies under DEPS in 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Pascale Carayon, Ph.D.
Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pascale Carayon is Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality and Associate Chair in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Engineer diploma from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, France, in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Her research examines systems engineering, human factors and ergonomics, sociotechnical engineering and occupational health and safety, and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Defense, various foundations and private industry. She is the North American editor for Applied Ergonomics, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, Behaviour and Information Technology, and Work and Stress. She is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association. Between 2006 and 2009 she was the Secretary General of the International Ergonomics Association. Dr. Carayon was a member of the Institute Of Medicine Committee on Resident Hours. She is the editor of the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety.
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Mary (Missy) Cummings, Ph.D.
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her previous teaching experience includes instructing for the U.S. Navy at Pennsylvania State University and as an assistant professor for the Virginia Tech Engineering Fundamentals Division. Her research interests include human interaction with autonomous vehicle systems, modeling human interaction with complex systems, decision support design for time-pressured, uncertain systems, and the ethical and social impact of technology. Dr. Cummings was a member of the DEPS Committee on Opportunities in Neuroscience for Future Army Applications.
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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Industrial Engineering
Co-Director, Center on Aging
Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement
University of Miami
Sara J. Czaja is professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She is also the co-director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami and the director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging and it involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on making technology more accessible, useful, and usable for older adult populations. Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, caregiving, human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology for older adult populations. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. She is the past chair of the Risk Prevention and Behavior Scientific Review Panel of the National Institutes of Health.
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Francis T. (Frank) Durso, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Francis T. (Frank) Durso is professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology and coordinator of the Engineering Psychology program. His current research interests focus on cognitive and strategic factors responsible for managing and updating dynamic situations such as those found in transportation and health care. He is senior editor of Wiley’s Handbook of Applied Cognition, co-editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) forthcoming Handbook of Human Systems Integration, and co-author of Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes. He is associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and has served on the review boards of several other journals including Human Factors and granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was on APA’s Presidential Task Force on Psychology in the STEM disciplines and served as an advisor on NextGen to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He has been funded by NSF, the Federal Aviation Administration, and most recently CSX railway, and he is a fellow of APA, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Durso is the 2011 recipient of APA’s Franklin Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology. He holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Andrew S. Imada, Ph.D.
A.S. Imada and Associates
Andrew S. Imada is the president of the International Ergonomics Association, which represents 49 federated societies and networks and 25,000 ergonomists around the world. He is a specialist in human and organizational change and a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Dr. Imada was a professor of Ergonomics and Safety Sciences at the University of Southern California for 19 years. He also served as the director of the USC Safety Science Center and the International Distance Learning Liaison at the university’s Center for Scholarly Technology. Dr. Imada won the 1998 Liberty Mutual Prize and the 2000 Liberty Mutual Medal in international competitions for occupational safety and ergonomics research. His work focuses on helping people and organizations change to improve productivity, safety, quality, and work systems. He was a visiting scholar at Luleå University in Sweden, teaching graduate courses on implementing participatory strategies for improving safety, ergonomics and productivity and has served on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Applied Psychology. He has served as a director on the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics and is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association. Dr. Imada earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and business from the University of San Francisco and his masters and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University in industrial and organizational psychology.
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Karl S. Pister, Ph.D., NAE
University of California, Santa Cruz
Karl S. Pister is chancellor emeritus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, former vice president for educational outreach of the University of California, and chair of the governing board of the California Council on Science and Technology. Prior to retirement he completed five decades of service to higher education. Pister is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on numerous boards and committees of the National Academies, including the division committee for the behavioral and social sciences and education, and was founding chairman of the Board on Engineering Education. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is an honorary fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. He received the Wason Medal for Research from the American Concrete Institute; the Vincent Bendix Award for Minorities in Engineering and the Lamme Medal from the American Society for Engineering Education; the Berkeley Medal from University of California, Berkeley; the Presidential Medal from the University of California; the Year 2000 Presidential Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and Distinguished Alumni Awards from both the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley Colleges of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
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David Rempel, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Professor of Engineering
Director, Ergonomics Graduate Training Program
University of California, Berkeley
David Rempel is Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley, and director of the Ergonomics Graduate Training Program at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on understanding how tendons, muscles, and nerves are injured at work and how workplace tools, workstations and tasks can be designed in order to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. His research is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute of Health and industry. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, 10 book chapters, and over 300 proceedings papers. He is board certified in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and ergonomics. In the past 10 years the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in his group have conducted laboratory biomechanics and usability studies on tools and devices used in the workplace and carried out randomized controlled trials of workplace ergonomic interventions in the office, garment, dental, and construction sectors.
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Matthew Rizzo, M.D.
Professor of Neurology, Engineering, and Public Policy
Director of the Division of Neuroergonomics
University of Iowa
Matthew Rizzo is Professor of Neurology, Engineering, and Public Policy, at the University of Iowa. He has an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the Vice Chair for Clinical/Translational Research, and Director if the Division of Neuroergonomics, its Visual Function and (SIREN) Laboratory. and its instrumented vehicles, all in the Department of Neurology. His clinical interests and activities include behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience and memory disorders. His research interests include behavioral disturbances resulting from CNS injury, neural substrates of human vision (including attention and visuomotor control), aging and dementia, driving performance in neurological disease, and driving simulation. Dr. Rizzo is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Society for Neuroscience, and the Vision Sciences Society.
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Barbara Silverstein, Ph.D.
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Barbara Silverstein is research director of Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program. She has worked on ergonomics-related issues at OSHA, the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, and the California Department of Health Services. Her major areas of research have been identification and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace violence, comparison of surveillance methods and intervention studies to control related hazards. She has conducted field research in a number of industries, including electronics, meat, poultry and fish processing, newspaper publishing, appliance manufacturing, medical equipment manufacturing, office work environment, pulp and paper mills, aluminum mills, automotive manufacturing. Silverstein served on the National Academies’ Committee to Evaluate the NIOSH Health Hazards Evaluation Program from 2007 - 2008. She is on the Executive Committee of the International Ergonomics Association where she is chair of the industrially developing countries committee, and she serves on a number of national and international commissions and editorial boards regarding occupational safety and health. She received her M.S. in nursing from the University of California San Francisco, her M.P.H. in epidemiology and environmental and industrial health from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan.
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David Wegman, M.D., M.Sc.
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
David H. Wegman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was founding chair of the Department of Work Environment as well as Dean of the School of Health and Environment. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and both his MD and MSc from Harvard University. Dr. Wegman’s epidemiologic research includes study of acute and chronic occupational respiratory disease, occupational cancer risk and occupational musculoskeletal disorders with special interests in study of subjective outcomes as early indicators of health effects and in surveillance of occupational conditions and risks. He is a National Associate of the National Academies and has served on or chaired several Academy committees, most recently chairing the committees for Review of NIOSH Research Programs, the Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care, and the External Evaluation of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Wegman chaired the MSHA Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among Coal Mine Workers and previously served on the Boards of Scientific Counselors for NIOSH and for the National Toxicology Program as well as on the EPA Science Advisory Board. In 2006, in response to a request initiated by the Swedish Parliament, he was appointed chair of the International Evaluation Group for an analysis of Occupational Health Research in Sweden. He is co-editor of Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognition and Prevention of Disease and Injury, the 6th edition of which will be published in 2010.
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Howard Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the
School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard M. Weiss is Professor and Chair of the School of Psychology at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from New York University. Dr. Weiss’ research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of emotional experiences at work. Specifically, his research examines variation of emotional states at work, effects of immediate emotional states on job performance, and the cumulative effects of emotional experiences on job satisfaction and burnout. He also studies the effect of attentional focus on work performance. He is co-founder of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and currently serves as a Senior Research Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Behavior and currently serves on the Society’s Executive Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, where he is also a member of APA Council. His research has been funded by the Army Research Institute, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense and the Spencer Foundation.
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Barbara Wanchisen, Ph.D.
National Research Council
Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., serves as the Director of both the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Human-Systems Integration at the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for oversight and development of new projects and activities under those boards, primarily working with representatives from the federal government and relevant foundations.
Wanchisen received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English from Villanova University, and her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Temple University. She is a long-standing member of the Psychonomic Society, the Association for Behavior Analysis - International, and the American Psychological Association, where she is a Fellow of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis). She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst while also serving as a guest reviewer of a number of other journals.
From November 2001 until April 2008, Wanchisen was the executive director of a non-profit advocacy organization called the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, & Cognitive Sciences in Washington, DC, and, during that tenure, she was instrumental in the founding of the Federation's Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, which assumed the educational mission of the Federation. Previously, Wanchisen was Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the college-wide Honors Program at Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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