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Dr. Rod D. Roscoe

Dr. Rod D. Roscoe

Assistant Professor, Human Systems Engineering

As an interdisciplinary learning scientist, Dr. Roscoe work spans cognitive psychology, education, linguistics, and computer science. His research investigates how cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational learning processes can be scaffolded and augmented by educational technology and peer support. Recent and ongoing studies have addressed automated writing evaluation system design and effectiveness, intelligent tutoring system design and effectiveness, online search and decision making, writing instruction, and skill acquisition and ergonomic design.

Irfan Kula

Irfan Kula

Doctoral Student in Human Systems Engineering

Irfan Kula (M.Ed in Educational Technology, Arizona State University, 2014) has 10 years of experience in instructional design and usability experience, focused on the application of intelligent tutoring systems in the private sector. His interests include user experience evaluation via biometric measurement suites (BMS), user centered design, and affect detection via multi-sensor systems. His dissertation addresses user performance measurement and the impact of users’ affect on decision making while reviewing a product. He recently contributed his expertise on biometric sensors to a successfully funded Office of Naval Research (ONR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) proposal.

Chelsea Johnson

Chelsea Johnson

Doctoral Student in Human Systems Engineering

Chelsea Johnson’s research interests include systems thinking, virtual/augmented reality, and game-based, multimedia learning. For example, there has been a proliferation of ‘learning applications,’ but many ‘apps’ do not meet the rigorous requirements of scientific research to prove efficacy. Chelsea aims to apply an interdisciplinary approach to design, engineering, and cognitive science to better understand and develop compelling learning methodologies.​

Amanda King

Amanda King

Graduate Student, MS in Human Systems Engineering program

Amanda King is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science in Human Systems Engineering program. Her interests include user experience and educational technology. She is working on projects related to mobile learning apps and manipulating user roles related to learning from multimedia.

Kyrsten Novak

Kyrsten Novak

Graduate Student, MS in Human Systems Engineering

Kyrsten Novak is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Human Systems Engineering program. Her interests include user experience design, usability testing, educational technology, and teaching. She is examining the influence of usability testing on educational technology efficacy and the effects of user roles on learning from multimedia (for college student and K-12 populations).

Kanika Gupta

Kanika Gupta

Graduate Student, MS in Human Systems Engineering program

Kanika Gupta is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Human Systems Engineering program. Her interests include user experience design, usability testing, educational technology, and product design.

Affiliates

Dr. Laura K. Allen

Dr. Laura K. Allen

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science, Mississippi State University

Dr. Laura Allen studies the cognitive processes involved in language comprehension, writing, knowledge acquisition, and conceptual change, and to apply that understanding to educational practice by developing and testing educational technologies.

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Dr. Erin Chiou

Dr. Erin Chiou

Assistant Professor, Human Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Dr. Chiou studies human-automation interactions to understand how automation can improve productivity, quality, and safety in the world. Her work in this area spans a variety of domains including defense, automotive, and healthcare industries. Her recent work focuses on human-robot teaming and human systems integration to support resilience in safety-critical work environments. Ongoing collaborations with SLATE Lab address the role of automation in education and strategies to address future workforce needs.

Dr. Carola Grebitus

Dr. Carola Grebitus

Assistant Professor, Food Industry Management, Morrison School of Agribusiness within the W. P. Carey School of Business

Dr. Grebitus research is focused on modeling consumers’ food choice, and she has worked extensively on determinants of consumer behavior, purchase decision making, and food quality from consumers’ perspective. Her current research includes consumer preferences for local food, food miles, and sustainable (food) products; willingness to pay for and acceptance of new food technologies including food safety aspects; and the influence of food labeling on purchase decisions, as well as promotion of healthy food choices.

Dr. Craig Stewart

Dr. Craig Stewart

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Memphis

Dr. Stewart’s work ties together principles of rhetoric and cognitive psychology within the field of discourse studies. His research investigates how science is used and understood in the context of social and political controversies–including stem cell research, global climate change, gender and cognition, and “reparative therapy” for homosexuality. He applies a broadly social-cognitive perspective and mixed-method approaches to the study of discourse and communication. Ongoing collaborations with SLATE Lab are studying the role of mindsets, beliefs, and self-perceptions on students’ performance in public speaking courses.

Dr. Erin Walker

Dr. Erin Walker

Assistant Professor, Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Dr. Walker uses interdisciplinary methods to improve the design and implementation of educational technology, and then to understand when and why it is effective. Broadly, she is interested in research in intelligent tutoring systems, computer-supported collaboration, tangible learning environments, technology for the developing world, and human-computer interaction.

Dr. Joshua Wilson

Dr. Joshua Wilson

Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware

Dr. Wilson focuses on methods of assessing and instructing struggling writers, and on the application of automated essay scoring (AES) technology in Response to Intervention (RtI) contexts. Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Wilson was a special education teacher for six years. In ongoing collaborations with SLATE Lab, he is examining the use of automated tools to support formative levels of language analyses, perceptions of automated writing evaluation, and modeling students’ perceptions of writing and writing errors.

Graduates

Joseph O'Brian

Joseph O'Brian

Graduate, MS in Applied Psychology

Joseph O’Brian graduated with a Master of Science degree in Human Systems Engineering in 2016. His interests include judgment and decision making, self-directed learning, and music skill acquisition. His thesis project, The Relationship between Learning Persistence and Equipment Design through the Lens of Expectancy-Value Theory, investigated the role of ergonomic design in intentions to learn and practice with a musical instrument. Upon graduation, he joined Research Collective as a User Experience Researcher.

Nicholas Baker

Nicholas Baker

Graduate, BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Nicholas Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2017. His Barrett Honors thesis, The Relationship between Hearing Impairment, Workplace Stress, and Coping Mechanisms, investigated self-reported social, performance, and employer stress and self-efficacy among deaf and hard of hearing populations. He is currently employed as a UX and digital designer at U-Haul.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Graduate, BS in Industrial/Organization Psychology

Adam Johnson graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2016. His interests include research on writing, learning, and social psychology. His Barrett Honors thesis, Perceptions of Writing Errors, examined the influence of low-level (e.g., spelling and grammar) and high-level (e.g., cohesion and argument) errors on perceptions of text quality and author characteristics. Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching position through Teach for America.

A revised version of Adam’s honors thesis was published in the journal Assessing Writing in 2017.

Christopher Mayra

Christopher Mayra

Graduate, MS in Human Systems Engineering

Christopher Mayra graduated with a Master of Science degree in Human Systems Engineering in 2017. His interests include user experience, technology design, and writing instruction. He served as Vice President and Co-President of the ASU Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter (2014-2016). His thesis project investigated website menu designs and navigation.