Engineering Psychology is the study of how humans accomplish tasks in the context of human-machine systems and how we can improve their performance. The program emphasizes the application of fundamental and applied research to the solution of practical problems. Research foci include human perception and motor control, information processing, attention and performance, emotion and memory, mental workload, situational awareness and decision making, cognitive modeling, usability evaluation of systems, and technology use. The graduate program in Engineering Psychology provides research training in these domains with the objective of preparing students for employment in academia, government, and industry settings. Students who enroll in the graduate program of Engineering Psychology are expected to develop a strong background of research skills and a broad knowledge of both cognitive and perceptual psychology.
The faculty members in the Engineering Psychology program include:
Dr. Mei-Ching Lien (Attention and Performance Lab) – Research interests include cognitive control, attention capture, visual/spatial attention and working memory, emotional processing, perception and action, and cognitive aging. (Currently accepting students.)
Dr. Kristen Macuga (CARVE Lab) – Research interests include multi-sensory adaptation, motor control and learning, tool use, motor imagery, virtual reality, and human-computer interaction. (Currently accepting students.)
Dr. Jason McCarley (PCP Lab) – Research interests include visual attention, decision making, and their manifestation in real-world tasks such as driving. (Currently accepting students.)
Dr. Christopher Sanchez (ACTUAL Lab) – Research interests include STEM learning, individual differences in attention/visuospatial abilities, and the human factors of using/designing technology, including mobile devices and gaming. (Currently accepting students.)