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.
Graduate, PhD in Human Systems Engineering
Irfan Kula (Ph.D in Human Systems Engineering and M.Ed in Educational Technology, Arizona State University) 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. He contributed his expertise on biometric sensors to a successfully funded Office of Naval Research (ONR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) proposal, and interned with Adidas and their user experience lab. He successfully defended his dissertation on user performance measurement and the impact of users’ affect on decision making while reviewing a product in 2018.
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.
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. She recently accepted a job offer from Google (concurrent with finishing her degree).
Undergraduate Student, BS in Human Systems Engineering program
Ashley Clark is currently an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science in Human Systems Engineering program. Her interests include judgment and decision making, designing for learning, and engineering education.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduate, MS in Human Systems Engineering
Kyrsten Novak graduated with a Master of Science in Human Systems Engineering in 2018. She now works for Apple. Her interests include user experience design, usability testing, educational technology, and teaching. Her thesis examined the influence of learner roles on learning from multimedia (for college student populations).