I am a Senior Research Psychologist in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate and the Core Technical Competence Lead for Training in the Warfighter Readiness Research Division In this capacity, I provide senior scientific leadership for the division, which conducts cross-disciplinary research to develop, validate, and demonstrate new technologies that enable more personalized and effective training across Air Force domains.

My background is in computational cognitive modeling, and currently my primary research emphasis is understanding how fatigue impacts cognition, including sleep loss and the vigilance decrement. Both sources of fatigue are increasing in importance as technology advances. 24/7 operations are pervasive in national defense and many commercial industries, creating significant challenges associated with fatigue risk management including scheduling, system design, and operator monitoring. Meanwhile sustained attention and vigilance are increasingly critical issues, as the nature of our interactions with technology evolves, shifting the role of operators to supervisory control and taxing human alertness and attention.


Education

2003 Ph.D. (Cognitive Psychology), Carnegie Mellon University
1999 M.S. (Cognitive Psychology), University of Florida
1997 B.A. (Psychology), Albright College (Reading, PA)


Employment

2018-PRES Training Core Technical Competency Lead, Warfighter Readiness Research Division
2010-2018 Science & Technology Advisor, Cognitive Models and Agents Branch
2009-PRES Senior Research Psychologist, Air Force Research Laboratory
2005-2011 Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University
2004-2008 Research Psychologist, Air Force Research Laboratory
2003-2004 Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Research Council