Category Archive: Alumni

A Category of former fellows, graduate, and undergraduate members of MIT2.

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

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

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.

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.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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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

Kristin Schaefer Ph.D

Kristin Schaefer, M.S.
Kristin Schaefer, Ph.D.
Modeling and Simulation Ph.D
Ph.D, University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training
M.S., Modeling and Simulation, University of Central Florida
B.S., Psychology, Susquehanna University
kristinoleson@knights.ucf.edu

Kristin Schaefer is a Doctoral Candidate in the Modeling and Simulation program at the University of Central Florida. She obtained her B.A. in the field of psychology with a minor in sociology from Susquehanna University, PA. She also holds a M.S. in the field of Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida. Kristin works for the Institute for Simulation and Training in collaboration with Dr. Peter Hancock and Dr. Deborah Billings. She is currently researching human-robot trust for the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) in association with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Kristin’s primary research interests include human-robot interaction, unmanned systems, individual differences, and multi-touch technologies.

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

Wissam “Sam” Nahlous

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
wnahlous@knights.ucf.edu

Wissam “Sam” Nahlous is currently a senior at the University of Central Florida finishing his B.S. in psychology, all the while taking all necessary pre-med classes, to fulfill his aspiration of getting into medical school. Ultimately, he would like to land a psychiatry or a neurology residency, so he can work with mental disorders. He joined the MIT2 Lab in Summer of 2012. Has been working on gathering literature on varied aspects of Human Performance under the guidance of Jurate Liutvinskaite M.S. Sam strives to gain diverse research experience. He speaks English, Arabic, well versed in French, and is currently learning German during his leisure time. Sam works part-time as a psychiatric technician at the Psychiatric Medical Unit at the Florida Hospital.

Emily Edwards


Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
edwards.emily@knights.ucf.edu
Emily Edwards CV

Emily is a current senior majoring in psychology and minoring in crime, law and deviance. She was born and raised in the Orlando area and plans on attending graduate school beginning Fall, 2013 in clinical psychology, focusing on treatment development and evaluation for correctional facilities. Emily is especially interested in the potential for technology to be incorporated into treatment initiatives. Throughout her time with MIT2, she has been involved in a number of studies examining human-robot interaction, especially variables related to increasing and maintaining trust in robotics during military tasks.

Jacquelyn Cook

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
jacquelyn_cook@knights.ucf.edu
Jacquelyn Cook CV

Jacquelyn Cook is currently a senior pursuing her B.S. in Psychology. She has been a part of the RCTA Human-Robot Trust Project in the MIT2 lab since Spring 2011. While at the lab, Jacquelyn has collected research for a meta analysis and has performed various other tasks related to human interpersonal trust and human-animal trust. Her primary research interests include leadership, human factors and industrial/organizational psychology. Jacquelyn plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology after her career as an undergraduate at UCF. In her free time, Jacquelyn enjoys playing video games and writing.

Maria Barrera

Psychology Undergraduate Student
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
barreraucf@knights.ucf.edu

My name is Maria Barrera, and I am a junior at the University of Central Florida.
I am majoring in Psychology, and I aspire to attend graduate school to focus more on clinical studies. I am currently a research assistant, and I hope to gain valuable experience that I can apply toward future research in the area of substance abuse, in which I have a particular interest.

Jong W. Kim, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
Institute for Simulation and Training

Dr. Kim is a research scientist in Department of Psychology at University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from Department of Industrial Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He joined MIT2 Lab in August 2009. His academic research interests span cognitive science (psychology), computer science, and engineering. He is interested in modeling and simulation of human cognition (i.e., using the ACT-R cognitive architecture), and testing cognitive mechanisms and theories against data gathered from experimentation with human subjects in a laboratory setting. Also, based on the theoretical understanding, he is interested in developing applications. His current research projects include modeling of time-constrained behavior (sponsored by Army Research Office), and developing smart tutoring systems supporting skill acquisition and retention (sponsored by Office of Naval Research). ACT-R – FAQ | Soar – FAQ

Joe Mercado, Ph.D

Modeling and Simulation: Human Systems
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
M.S., Psychology, Mercy College
josephmercado@knights.ucf.edu
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Joe Mercado is a PhD student in the Modeling and Simulation: Human Systems program at the University of Central Florida. He is also a fellow of the Consortium Research Fellows Program working with the U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI) for the Behavioral & Social Sciences. He recently completed working at the United States Military Academy in West Point as the Research Psychologist Lab Technician for the Engineering Psychology program. He obtained his B.A. in Psychology from Mercy College and also holds a M.S. in Psychology from Mercy College. Joe’s primary research interests include multi-modality and training and assessment in a technology-enabled learning environment.