Category: People

Valarie A. Yeardon, M.S.

Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology, Ph.D Student
University of Central Florida
Institute for Simulation and Training
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Central Florida
M.S. Modeling & Simulation, Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida
vyerdon@knights.ucf.edu

Genesis Lenis

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology, Experimental Track
Joined Lab: Spring 2018
Expects to Graduate:


 
 
Genesis discovered MIT2 via the Office of Undergraduate Research at UCF. She is interested in human cognition and neurological processes involved during cognition. After Graduation, Genesis plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD. She is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society at Daytona State College and Tau Sigma, an honor society for transfer students at University of Central Florida. Her goal is continue doing research and teach the future generation of scientists and scholars.

James Tice

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Summer 2017
Expects to Graduate: TBD
james.tice2@knights.ucf.edu

James discovered the MIT2 laboratory through the Office of Undergraduate Research and was accepted into the laboratory by Theresa Kessler.

William T. Shugars

Assistant Lab Manager
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Biology
Joined Lab: Spring 2016
Graduated: Fall 2019
williamshugars17@knights.ucf.edu

William (Will) discovered the MIT2 laboratory through Keith R. MacArthur during conversation, and through personal inquest, found there to be similar interests between the area of study of MIT2 and his own interests. He joined the lab in the spring term of 2016. So far, he has been involved in human-robot interaction (HRI) and trust in automation research. In addition of the aforementioned topics he has additional interest in deception, usability, flow states, cognitive and physiological responses, and simulation research. His experiences in the lab and the constant state of learning has led to a desire in continuing research and working towards a Ph.D.
Publications

Elena Triantafyllopoulo

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Biology and Psychology
Joined Lab: Spring 2016
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2019
elenatri@knights.ucf.edu

Elena Triantafyllopoulo CV

Elena (Eleni) discovered the MIT2 lab through the professor of a Personality Theory & Research Psychology Course at the University of Central Florida. She was interested in experiencing practical research and as an undergraduate research assistant has realized that this is what she wants to keep on doing, after graduation, to ultimately work towards a Ph.D. Her fields of interest include the mind-brain connection and the evolution of human behavior.

William ‘Billy’ Volante, B.Sc.

PhD Applied Experimental Human Factors, Doctoral Candidate
University of Central Florida
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Central Florida
wgvolante@gmail.com

Thomas G. MacGillivray

Senior Research Assistant
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Spring 2015
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2016
ThomasMac@Knights.ucf.edu

Thomas discovered the MIT2 laboratory through Theresa Kessler during a Human Factors outreach lecture. He joined the MIT2 lab in the spring term of 2015. His research focuses primarily on automation, social robotics and human-robot interaction, as well as the exploration in topics regarding cognition and physiology. After graduation, he plans to continue research and move forward in to graduate school working towards a Ph.D.
Publications

Areen Alsaid, B.Sc.

University of Central Florida
Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, M.S. student
B.Sc. Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology
areenalsaid@Knights.ucf.edu
Areen is a Master’s student in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at UCF. She joined the laboratory in August 2016, her research interest are in detecting patterns in humans’ behavior and interaction with technology and automation.

Alexandra Kaplan, Ph.D.

PhD in Applied Experimental Human Factors Psychology
University of Central Florida
B.A. Psychology, New York University
ADKaplan@knights.ucf.edu

Alejandra Morales

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Biomedical Sciences
Minoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Summer 2016
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2018
alejandramorales22@knights.ucf.edu
Alejandra Morales CV
 
Alejandra discovered the MIT2 through UCF’s Office of Undergraduate Research. She currently plans to attend medical school after completing her education at UCF.

Larry Van Lue

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Certification in Cognitive Sciences
Joined Lab: Spring 2015
Graduated: Fall 2015
Larry2@knights.ucf.edu
Larry Van Lue CV

Larry discovered the MIT2 lab through the University of Central Florida’s Office of Undergraduate Research office. He joined the MIT2 lab in the Spring 2015 term and his research interests include trust in human-robot interaction and automated machine learning devices, human performance, virtual/augment reality, and neurocognition in schizophrenia. Ultimately he endeavors to pursue a Ph.D in Applied Experimental Psychology & Human Factors.

Publications

Tiffani Marlowe, M.S.

Modeling & Simulation Ph.D Student
University of Central Florida
Institute for Simulation and Training
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Central Florida
M.S. Modeling & Simulation, University of Central Florida
tiffani_walker@knights.ucf.edu

 
Publications

Carson Gedeus

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Computer Science
Joined Lab: Spring 2016
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2017
B.Sc., Air Traffic Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

gedeusc@knights.ucf.edu

Carson discovered the MIT2 lab through UCF’s Office of Undergraduate Researchand learning more about its objectives from fellows MIT2 researchers. As a computer scientist, one of Carson’s main interests is create software that will be used to make human undertakings more convenient. He plans on working on simulation systems, and cultivating software used in machinery. With an accomplished background in aviation and aerodynamics, Carson aspires to use his accumulative potential to positively help change the world.

Ben D. Sawyer


Ph.D., Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology
M.S., Industrial Engineering- Ergonomics focus
University of Central Florida
sawyer@knights.ucf.edu
web

Ben D. Sawyer became interested in Psychology while studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, and returned to the USA to pursue a BS in Psychology at Colorado State University. There, he was involved cognitive research using driving simulators and google based virtual environments to investigate the underpinnings of distraction, situational awareness and deja vu. After graduating with honors in 2010, Ben joined the Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. His work centers around successes and failures of attention in human-machine systems. Exploring such cognition has led Ben to apply psychology, neuroscience and engineering in diverse contexts, including surface transport, cybersecurity, dismounted combat and human-robotic teaming. Ben is the recipient of multiple recognitions of his work in both Engineering and Psychology, including the triennial K.U. Smith Award for best HF/E journal article, two Air Force Repperger Fellowships, an APA Division 19 Student Research Award, the Intelligence Community Academic Excellence Scholarship.  Ben additionally led a team to become national champions for the NHTSA Emergency Safety Vehicle Student Design Award, and represented the United States in the international portion of the competition.  More information on Ben can be found at his portfolio website.  Click the web button above or surf to bendsawyer.com.

Devyn Dodge

University of Central Florida
Modeling & Simulation, M.S. Student
University of Central Florida
Institute for Simulation and Training
B.Sc. Information Technology, University of Central Florida
dmcdodge1@gmail.com
Devyn Dodge

Devyn has been interested in robotics and space since he was in elementary school. He hopes to one day work for NASA or SpaceX to manufacture/create/build items that will go to space, such as satellites or rockets. If he were presented with an opportunity to travel to space he would enthusiastically accept it. His ideal goal is to become an astronaut. Devyn plans to enroll in the Modeling and Simulation Masters Degree at the Institute of Simulation after graduation.

Amanda Matioli

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Cognitive Sciences
Joined Lab: Fall 2015
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2016
amandamatioli@knights.ucf.edu
Amanda Matioli CV

Amanda discovered the MIT2 lab through the instructor of her research methods class. She plans to get a PhD in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology and is interested in cognitive psychology, human robot interaction, and team dynamics. After graduate school she plans to continue conducting research as an academic professor.

Nicolette Leibowitz

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Summer 2015
Expects to Graduate: Summer 2016
NicoletteLeibowitz@Knights.ucf.edu
Nicolette Leibowitz CV

Nicolette discovered the MIT2 lab through the Office of Undergraduate Research. She is interested in the clinical aspect of psychology and in severe mental illnesses. After graduation Nicolette plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD. Her career goals are geared toward research and practice.

Sarah Sukhai

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Biotechnology
Joined Lab: Summer 2015
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2016
ssukhai@knight.ucf.edu
Sarah Sukhai CV

Sarah discovered the MIT2 lab through the University of Central Florida’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Sarah previously attended Valencia College and has since transferred to UCF. After graduation, she plants to attend Medical school to pursue a doctoral level degree in medicine. She has been involved in several organizations including Phi Theta Kappa, an honors club at Valencia College, Delta Epsilon Iota, an honors club at UCF and she was a founding member and an officer of the Future Medical Professionals club at Valencia College. Sarah has studied abroad in Panama City, Panama learning about public health for the country and about tropical diseases.

Daniellys Diaz

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Crime, Law, and Deviance
Joined Lab: Fall 2013
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2015
daniellysdiaz@knights.ucf.edu
Daniellys Diaz CV

Daniellys discovered the MIT2 lab online. Her interest are human factors psychology, cognitive psychology and psychopathology. Her major projects in the lab have been the Déjà Vu, project involvement in FaceLab eye-tracking, and the driving simulator.

Kimberly Stowers, Ph.D

Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Psychology Ph.D. Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
Office: PSY 113A
kimberly_stowers@knights.ucf.edu

Kimberly is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors (AEHF) program at the University of Central Florida, where she conducts research with Dr. Peter Hancock examining human-robot interaction for the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA). She also works at the Institute of Simulation and Training under the direction of Dr. Jessie Chen conducting research on trust and transparency in human-robot interaction for the Army Research Laboratory under the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative (ARPI). Kimberly previously spent two years working under the directions of Dr. Eduardo Salas and Dr. Shawn Burke on topics in human factors and industrial/organizational psychology. She has experience researching human-machine systems, human performance measurement, safety analysis, distributed teams, multi-team systems, team training, and culture. Her primary interests lie in the research of human systems, including human-machine teams.

Kimberly believes that service is important for the future of human factors. She is currently serving as the President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) student chapter, where she strives to benefit both the students of this program as well as up-and-coming students who may be looking for a future in psychology. Kimberly also mentors several undergraduates in the MIT2 lab, and is always open to taking students under her wing for completing directed research projects.

Jessica Milos

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Spring 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2017
jmilos95@Knights.ucf.edu
Jessica Milos CV

Jessica Milos was approached by the MIT2 lab to assist in conducting research. She has a strong interest in Social Psychology and plans to pursue her Ph.D. Her career interests lie heavily in clinical psychology and research. In addition to being a full time undergraduate student, she is also a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota: Professional Music Fraternity for Women and a two-year Marching Knight member.

Emily Simpson

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology & Biomedical Sciences
Joined Lab: Spring 2015
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2017
eds831@knights.ucf.edu

Jenny Walker CV

Emily discovered the MIT2 lab through a discussion with Ben Sawyer, whom she was introduced to by her physiology of psychology instructor, Gabriella Hancock. Emily is interested in the psychiatry of severe mental illnesses — such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, and psychopathy– as well as behavioral neuroscience in order to address etiology and treatment of the disorders. Upon her graduation from UCF, Emily plans to attend medical school and subsequently pursue her PhD. Her career goals include: practicing psychiatry, continuing research, and collaboration with the F.B.I. on cases of sociopathic criminals.

Tarita Wixon

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Crime, Law, and Deviance
Joined Lab: Fall 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2015
twixon@knights.ucf.edu

Tarita discovered the MIT2 through one of the other research assistants in the lab. She is a fourth year undergraduate at UCF, and is currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Crime, Law, and Deviance and a Certificate in Behavioral Forensics. Her current interests are vast and varried, but have delved into research regarding clean energy and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.

Julia Shankle

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Joined Lab: Fall 2014
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2016
jkshankle@knights.ucf.edu
Julia Shankle CV
Julia was integrated into the MIT2 lab after working for Dr. Stafford as a teaching assistant in Physiological Psychology and Perception. She has developed a main focus in medicine, with the intent of becoming a physicians assistant after completing her undergraduate degree.

Tyler Wild

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Statistics
Joined Lab: Spring 2013
Graduated: Fall 2014
tyler.wild@knights.ucf.edu

Tyler discovered the MIT2 lab by a referral from a friend. His main focus of interest is sports psychology, and intends to pursue a graduate program when he completes his degree at UCF.

James Wilcox

Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Cognitive Sciences
Joined Lab: Spring 2014
Graduated: Fall 2014
James.Wilcox@knights.ucf.edu

James discovered the MIT2 lab through a university mentor, he was introduced to the lab manager. He is currently an undergraduate research assistant in both the Team Performance Lab, as well as the MIT Lab. His current research interests broadly include cognitive psychology, decision making, human-computer interaction and individual differences in performance. After graduation James intends to continue to conduct research, and to further his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology.

Alexis Timms

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Electrical Engineering
Joined Lab: Spring 2013
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2015
alexis.timms@knights.ucf.edu

Alexis discovered the MIT2 lab while searching for an interdisciplinary lab at UCF. She volunteers as a mentor for her former high school’s robotics team. She is a member of IEEE, with plans of attending a graduate program focusing in robotics. Her dream is to develop robotic prosthetics with a neurological interface.

Mitchell Dunfee

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Statistics
Joined Lab: Fall 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2014
tolour@knights.ucf.edu

Mitchell is an undergraduate student at UCF, currently working on his B.S. in Psychology with an honors in the major thesis. Mitchell joined the MIT2 lab in November of 2012, and aids in research and virtual environment design. He is interested in human factors research related to driving, commercial trucks, accident reconstruction, and conspicuity. After graduating, Mitchell intends to pursue a PhD in Applied Experimental and Human Factors psychology.

Tamar Nir

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Cognitive Sciences & Statistics
Joined Lab: Fall 2014
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2016

tnir@knights.ucf.edu
Tamar Nir CV
Tamar was introduced to the MIT2 lab while working for Dr. Stafford as a teaching assistant. She aims to attend graduate school in Cognitive Psychology. Her primary interests are language acquisition, development, and disorders.

Jessica Siler

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. Student of Cognitive Psychology
Joined Lab: Summer 2012
Left Lab: Summer 2014
Graduated: Spring 2014
MIT2 Officer of Technology
siler3@illinois.edu
Jessica Siler CV
Jessica discovered MIT2 lab while working as a teacher’s aid for Dr. Stafford. In the summer of 2013 she completed her Honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Peter Hancock. In tandem with her duties in the MIT2 Lab, she is also a research assistant in the ACAT lab. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her academic interests include memory, physiological psychology, perception, and neuroscience.

Publications

Stephen Perkins

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Summer 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2014
steveperkins@knights.ucf.edu

Stephen Perkins CV
Stephen graduate from St. Petersburg College before coming to UCF. He discovered the MIT2 lab in his physiology of psychology class with Dr. Stafford. He is conducting research for honors in the major. Stephen works with the driving simulator team as well as various media and movie projects for the lab. Stephen intends to pursue a Ph.D after UCF.

Publications

DeNay Adams

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Biology
Joined Lab: Spring 2013
Left Lab: Fall 2013
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2016
denay.adams@knights.ucf.edu

DeNay discovered the MIT2 lab through a friend. Her interests are in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and abnormal psychology. She currently maintains the lab’s social media and also is involved with the driving simulator. After graduate school she plans to get involved in a field dealing with the interaction of brain and mental illnesses.

Hayley Pletcher

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Fall 2013
Left Lab: Spring 2014
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2014
hayley.pletcher@knights.ucf.edu

Hayley discovered the MIT2 lab through a graduate teacher’s aid who was instructing her research methods lab.

Chris Cremen

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Cognitive Science
Joined Lab: Spring 2013
Left Lab: Spring 2014
Ccremen@knights.ucf.edu

Chris joined the MIT2 lab in the Spring of 2013. His academic interests include neuroscience, cognition, and physiological psychology. He is currently involved in transparency studies with robots and will be conducting independent research in physiological responses to diverse visual stimuli. He is also the Chief Confederate Officer (CCO) of the Exoskeleton Design and Human Performance Initiative (EDHPI) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). After obtaining his undergraduate degree he plans to further his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology.

Elisabeth Niederman

University of Central Florida
Graduated: Spring 2014
Joined Lab: Spring 2012
Former Position: MIT2 Lab Coordinator
lisabethanne@knights.ucf.edu

Elisabeth Niederman discovered the MIT2 lab from her physiological psychology class and Dr. Stafford. She plans to continue her education by seeking a Ph.D. in either human factors or cognitive Psychology. Augmented cognition and physiological psychology are her primary interests in the field psychology. She hopes to become a full-time researcher, either in the private sector or at a major university after her doctoral program.

Publications

Sarah Greenstein

University of Central Florida
Double Majoring in Psychology & French
Minoring in Statistics
Joined Lab: Fall 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2014
sarahgreenstein@knights.ucf.edu

Sarah Greenstein CV
Sarah discovered the MIT2 lab through a friend who was already working the lab. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology or human factors psychology, after which she plans to conduct research on a full time basis with a lab in France or Quebec.
Publications

Petal Laborde

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
petal_laborde@knights.ucf.edu
My name is Petal LaBorde and I am an undergraduate student at UCF currently pursuing a B.S. Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature. I plan to gradute in the summer of 2013 and to then pursue a PhD in psychology. I have been a research assistant with MIT2 since spring 2011. My main interests are cognitive and human factors psychology.

Brittany McPeak

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Fall 2012
Left Lab: Fall 2013
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2014
bmcpeak@knights.ucf.edu

Brittany McPeak CV
Brittany discovered the MIT2 lab through her professor Dr. Stafford. Her academic interests lie in physiological psychology, human factors psychology, neuropsychology, and the cognitive aspects of video game play. She is currently involved with a project on weapon focus and is conducting independent research on the effects video games can have on the frequency of lucid dreaming. After finishing her undergraduate degree she plans to work towards her Ph.D. and return to a university setting to teach and conduct research.

Nicholas Kasdaglis

Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Psychology Ph.D. Student
University of Central Florida
Joined the Lab: Fall 2013
nkasdaglis@knights.ucf.edu

Nicholas Kasdaglis is a retired Air Force officer and a PhD student in Applied Experimental Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Central Florida. He holds a Master Degree in Human Factors from the Florida Institute of Technology. As a Ph.D. student, he seeks to research the psycho-physiology of ultra-long-haul flights and extended duration space travel. Further, his interest is in human-computer interactions in cockpit and other life critical environments. He seeks to understand complex, dynamic systems and their behavior. His present research seeks to understand accident causation of commercial aircraft.

Additional interests are the neuro-psychological basis and treatment for addictions and PTSD. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, where he flew the C-5 Galaxy in combat and combat support sorties. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force C-5 Aircraft Commander School and a graduate of the C-5 Ariel Refueling course. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot License; he is type rated to fly seven civil aircraft to include the 767 and 757.

Nicholas Kasdaglis served as the Director of Safety with a large fractional corporate aircraft organization. He has taught aviation safety topics to an array of multi-national pilots.
During 2011 and 2012, Nicholas was part of a Florida Institute of Technology research team that examined the impact of commercial space vehicles in the National Airspace System (NAS). In recognition to his dedication to flight safety and the pursuit of aerospace human systems integration technologies development, Nicholas was awarded the 2011 Graduate Academic Flight Safety Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) for his research paper: “CFIT: The Access to and Use of Information Principle”. Most recently, Nicholas co-authored a contribution in a Wiley publication called: The Art of Managing Information the National Aerospace Architecture (Kasdaglis & Deaton, 2012).

Publications

Eva Siegenthaler


SNSF post-doc research fellow
University of Central Florida
Psychology Department
evasiegen@gmail.com



Eva Siegenthaler is a post-doc research fellow from Switzerland. She received her PhD and Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Eva joined the MIT2 team in April 2013 after working at the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience (Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix) for the first part of her SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) funded project, which is about measuring mental workload with microsaccades. She wrote her PhD thesis about reading on electronic reading devices. Her main research interest is in eye movements in the field of human factors and usability research.

Jenny Walker

University of Central Florida
B.Sc. Biology, University of Central Florida
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Central Florida
Joined Lab: Fall 2012
Graduated: Spring 2016
jennywalk92@knights.ucf.edu
Jenny Walker CV

Jenny Walker discovered the MIT2 lab by asking her physiological psychology instructor, Dr. Shawn Stafford, about conducting research. Jenny was accepted into the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program in October of 2013. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on learning and memory. She has been accepted at Georgia Institute of Technology under the advisement of Dr. Mark Wheeler.

Honors Thesis

Rebecca McKeogh

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Biology
Joined Lab: Spring 2013
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2015
rmckeogh@knights.ucf.edu

Rebecca discovered the MIT2 lab through her professor Dr. Stafford. She is interested in physiological psychology, cognitive Psychology, and neuroscience. She plans to continuing conducting research into graduate school while working toward her Ph.D.

Keith R. MacArthur, M.S.

Laboratory Manager
Doctoral Candidate in Modeling & Simulation
University of Central Florida – Institute for Simulation & Training
M.S. Modeling & Simulation, UCF School of Modeling, Simulation, & Training
B.Sc. Psychology, University of Central Florida
Office: (407) 823-5560
keith.macarthur@knights.ucf.edu

Publications

Theresa Kessler, M.S.

PhD Applied Experimental and Human Factors
with a focus in Cognitive Neuroscience

M.S. in Modeling & Simulation, Institute for Simulation and Training
B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Central Florida
theresakessler@knights.ucf.edu

Angela Bardwell-Owens

University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Minoring in Leadership Studies
Joined Lab: Spring 2012
Expects to Graduate: Spring 2016
abardwellowens@knights.ucf.edu

Angela discovered the MIT2 lab while networking with faculty members at her previous school.  In 2013, Angela graduated from Valencia College with honors from the Seneff Honors College as an Undergraduate Research Scholar, with an emphasis in Psychological Sciences. She plans to complete the Honors In The Major program and continue being an involved student with several organizations including Psi Chi, the international honors society in psychology. After finishing her undergraduate degree she plans to work towards her Ph.D. and return to academia to conduct research.  Her academic interests include team dynamics, performance, physiological psychology, and leadership.

Her curriculum vita is available by request.

Peter Hancock, Ph.D.

Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasus Professor & Trustee Chair
University of Central Florida – Department of Psychology
Institute for Simulation and Training
peter.hancock@ucf.edu
personal website email

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is the University Pegasus Professor and Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida where he is the Director of the MIT2 Research Laboratories. Prior to his current position he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Kinesiology as well as at the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research.

Julia L. Wright, Ph.D.

Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology PhD Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
B.S., Psychology, Grand Valley State University
M.S., Modeling & Simulation, Human Systems, University of Central Florida
Office: Psychology Building, Suite 209
JuliaWright@knights.ucf.edu

Julia Wright comes to Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology after a career in mechanical design engineering that included work in heavy industrial installations, appliance and automotive industries. During her time designing finish parts and assemblies for the appliance and automotive industries, she consistently strove to incorporate features into products that made them more user-friendly and intuitive for all consumer interactions from manufacture and assembly through to end-user. Wanting to better understand the psychology of design, she returned to school to earn her BS in Psychology from Grand Valley State University, focusing on cognitive psychology with a minor in applied statistics. As an undergraduate student Julia worked in several research projects, including “the benefits of interruptions during complex task performance”. She is interested in memory and attention, visual attention, cognitive load distribution and human-technology interaction, particularly bridging the intuitive gap between humans and technology. One of Julia’s goals is to develop a cognitive psychology course specifically targeting the needs of engineering students to better prepare future design engineers. Julia is a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship recipient.

Timothy White, Ph.D.

Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Applied Experimental Human Factors doctoral graduate
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
M.S., Computer Science, Jackson State University
B.S., Computer Science, Jackson State University
twhite2011@knights.ucf.edu
web
Timothy L. White is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. He is currently employed in the Dismounted Warrior Branch in the Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He has worked in the area of sensory performance, primarily focusing on the use of tactile displays systems as a means of communication for dismounted Soldier. Mr. White has also supported an immersive virtual environment system used for conducting controlled, laboratory-based investigations of Soldier performance by modeling custom virtual environments, providing hardware support, and performing data collection.

Jurate Liutvinskaite, M.S.

Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Psychology Ph.D Student

University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
M.S., Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Carlos Albizu University
B.A., Psychology, Florida International University
Jurate@knights.ucf.edu

Jurate is multilingual industrial psychology professional, applied researcher and entrepreneur, with experience in both individual and organizational performance assessment, intervention and change management. Jurate has attained her Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a Doctoral Candidate in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology Program at UCF.

Jurates research topics include individual differences in human performance, diversity and culture, macroergonomics and their impact on safety and resilience in the complex industrial systems. Dissertation research area: Organizational Safety Culture and Resilience Assessment.

Her professional role as Senior Industrial Human Performance Advisor in the Global Environmental Health and Safety Programs at Siemens, offers for a real world application, where Jurate is leading human performance workshops, developing advanced human factors modules, as well as routine investigation tools and training, all to fortify the organizational resilience. She serves as the human factors expert on various committees and assessment teams in the USA and Europe, is a frequent contributor to the Zero Harm Culture @ Siemens communication and learning efforts; that includes speaking on the subject at the external international safety conferences and roundtables.

Jurate believes that the strength of the organization lies in its ability to embrace all aspects of diversity. She serves as Community Lead Officer at the Disability Awareness and Support Network, is Co-Producer of the Disability Awareness Month @ Siemens and is active in many other diversity related initiatives.

Jurates recent entrepreneurial venture combines her expertise, experience and insights, but foremost her love and devotion to what is regarded by society as anomalous and labeled as disorder or disability. Jurate has founded a career services organization, to serve Autistic (ASD) community globally.

Tracy Sanders, Ph.D.

Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Psychology Ph.D. Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
B.S., Psychology, University of Central Florida
tracy.sanders@knights.ucf.edu

Tracy Sanders comes from an extensive background in fine art and graphic design, and continues to be interested especially in the role of aesthetic qualities in human factors research. She received her B.S. in Psychology in 2011, with a minor in Studio Art at the University of Central Florida. As an undergraduate, she studied trust in human robot interaction, time perception, and 3-dimensional studio art. She also holds an A.S. in graphic design form The Colorado Institute of Art. Now a Ph.D. student in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology program at the University of Central Florida, she is a research assistant on the RCTA, Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance project, focusing her work on the aesthetic components of trust and robotics, and the physiological indicators of trust in HRI.

A Meta-Analysis of Factors Influencing the Development of Trust in Automation: Implications for Human-Robot Interaction

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