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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Human System Integration
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


BOHSI Membership

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 (Chair) is a professor of cognitive science and engineering in the College of Technology and Innovation 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 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, cyber security 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 translating the science of teams to human-robot teaming. Dr. Cooke was Editor-in-Chief of Human factors 2005-09 and 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 chaired the board since 2012. She serves the National Research Council as a member of the panel on Human Factors Science at the Army Research Laboratory and two study panels on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology (2005-07), the Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage (2004-5). Dr. Cooke currently chairs the study panel on the Science of Team Science (2013-14).

BOHSI Members
 Ellen Bass
College of Computing and Informatics
College of Nursing and Health Professions  
Drexel University 
Ellen J. Bass is a Professor and Department Head of the Department of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics and a member of the Department of Health Systems and Sciences Research in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. 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, Dr. Bass 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. The focus of her research is to develop theories of human performance, quantitative modeling methodologies, and associated experimental designs that can be used to evaluate human-automation interaction in the context of total system performance. The outcomes of the research can be used in the systems engineering process: to inform system requirements, procedures, display designs and training interventions and to support system evaluation. Dr. Bass is the Chair of the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is a senior member of the IEEE and the Editor in Chief for the journal IEEE Transactions on Human-machine Systems. She is a member of the editorial board for the journals Human Factors and IIE Transaction on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. She is Associate Editor for the Sociotechnical System Analysis department of the journal IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. She is a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Academy of Sciences. Bass holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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 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 in human factors and ergonomics focuses on macroergonomics and aims at modeling, assessing and improving sociotechnical systems in order to enhance healthcare quality and patient safety. This research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Defense, the office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, various foundations and private industry. She is the co-editor-in-chief 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 (HFES) and the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). She is the Recipient of the IEA Triennial Distinguished Service Award (2012) Dr. Carayon is a member of the HFES Executive Council. She is the editor of the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety.


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 Scientific 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 and Co-Authored a book on design of training and instructional systems for older adults. In addition, she is 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 and the President Elect of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association of America.

Frank Durso
Professor of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Francis T. (Frank) Durso is professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He is co-editor of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) forthcoming Handbook of Human Systems Integration, and co-author of Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes. He served as associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, senior editor of Wiley’s Handbook of Applied Cognition, and 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, served as an advisor on NextGen to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and at on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Air Traffic Controller Staffing. He has been funded by NSF, the Federal Aviation Administration, and industry. He is a fellow of APA, the Association for Psychological Science, and the HFES.. Durso is the 2011 recipient of APA’s Franklin Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology. 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 holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a B. S. from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Andrew S. Imada, Ph.D.


A.S. Imada and Associates


Andrew S. Imada is the President-Elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is also Past 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.

BOHSI Member IsraelskiEd Israelski, Ph.D.
Director of Human Factors
AbbVie Inc.

Ed Israelski is the Director of Human Factors at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Israelski leads a cross-company team to imbed best-practice human factors engineering (HFE) design methods into all of AbbVie’s products, to ensure safety and usability. His team achieves this through hands-on design and evaluation of key new products, managing a group of HF professionals, training and mentoring internal resources, writing corporate policy and guidelines and facilitating the use of outside professional HFE resources. Dr. Israelski is a certified human factors professional and has authored fourteen book chapters and numerous articles in the area of human factors. Dr. Israelski holds thirty patents. He is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a member of APA, UPA and previously the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology. Dr. Israelski is on the editorial board of the journal Human Factors and serves as a regular reviewer for several other scientific journals. He was technical manager of the human factors systems group at Lucent Technologies - Bell Labs. Later, Dr. Israelski was the director of Human Factors for SBC/Ameritech where his organization supported the design and evaluation of user interfaces for telecommunications products. In 2000, Dr. Israelski became Chief Technology officer at Human Factors International, a user interface design and consulting firm in information technology. Dr. Israelski is an Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern University and Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and engineering psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth LoftusElizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., NAS
Distinguished Professor
Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law and Society; Cognitive Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Elizabeth Loftus is a distinguished professor of psychology and social behavior, of criminology, law, and society, and of cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Her studies center on human memory. Her early work demonstrated that innocuous procedures can alter memories of past events, and her later work showed how imagination, or exposure to other people’s stories, dreams and other suggestive techniques can lead people to have false beliefs and memories of their past. She is a member of NAS (psychology) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of a National Research Council panel on Statistical Assessments as Evidence in Courts. She has an A.A. degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.
BOHSI Member OswaldFrederick L. Oswald, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Rice University

Frederick L. Oswald is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. His research, publications, grants, and graduate-student training focus on workforce readiness, personnel selection, and psychological measurement issues within occupational, military, and educational settings. Dr. Oswald is currently a member of the National Research Council DBASSE committee on Measuring Human Capabilities: Performance Potential of Individuals and Collectives. He serves as Associate Editor of Psychological Methods, Journal of Management, Research Synthesis Methods and Journal of Research in Personality. He also is the current Research and Science Officer of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Oswald is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Karl Pister
Chancellor Emeritus
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.

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. 

BOHSI Member RothEmilie M. Roth, Ph.D.
Owner and Principal Scientist
Roth Cognitive Engineering

Emilie M. Roth is the Owner and Principal Scientist of Roth Cognitive Engineering. She is a Cognitive Psychologist whose work has involved analysis of human problem-solving and decision-making in real-world environments (e.g., military command and control; intelligence analysis; nuclear power plant emergencies; railroad operations; surgery), and the impact of support systems (e.g., computerized procedures; alarm systems; advanced graphical displays; new forms of automation) on cognitive performance. Dr. Roth has supported design of first-of-a-kind systems including design and manning of the command center for a next-generation Navy ship; design of a next generation nuclear power plant control room; and design of work-centered support systems for flight planning and monitoring for an Air Force organization. She was elected a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, serves on the editorial board of Human Factors, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. Dr. Roth received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 Barbara Silverstein
Research Director
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.

David Wegman, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor Emeritus

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. He was founding chair of the Department of Work Environment as well as Dean of the School of Health and Environment. He also serves as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors, Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and both his M.D. and M.Sc. 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 additional interests in study of subjective outcomes as early indicators of health effects, surveillance of occupational conditions and risks, and occupational health policy. He is a National Associate of the National Academies. He has served on or chaired a number of Academy committees, most recently chairing the committees addressing, the Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care, the External Evaluation of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Occupational Information and Electronic Health Records, and Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure. 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 has published over 200 papers in the scientific literature and is co editor of Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognition and Prevention of Disease and Injury, the 6th edition published by Oxford University Press in 2010.



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