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Clemson, South Carolina
Psychology Department

Title: Applied Psychology Human Factors (MS), Human Factors Psychology (PhD)
Est: 1988
Accreditation: HFES
Granted last 3 years: MS 11, PhD 9
Part-time: no
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: yes
Program: Our program emphasizes producing graduates who can work in applied and basic research environments. Through coursework and research experience our students develop a strong background in basic human factors issues such as perception, performance, cognition, psychophysiology, experimental methods, and statistics. Our students also gain experience in applied areas such as human-computer interface design, usability testing, cognitive task analysis, and driving and aviation simulation. Students have the opportunity to gain direct experience in real-world settings through an internship program. In addition, our department offers programs in industrial-organizational psychology and occupational health psychology. Students in our human factors program can gain experience in these areas through elective courses. Accredited by: HFES
Contact: Leo Gugerty, Human Factors Area Coordinator, Psychology Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-1355; 864/656-4467;,
Catalog: (free) Office of Admissions, Graduate School, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634,

Deadline: January 15
Fee: $70 domestic, $80 international

GPA: 3.0
GRE: 1000 v + q
Other: Required: 18 hours of undergraduate psychology (may be taken concurrently). Recommended: undergraduate courses in statistics, research methods, and computer science.
Research: high
Work experience: low
Letters: high
Interview: n/a

Students applying last year: 28 PhD; 48 MS
Accepted: 4 PhD; 0 MS
Entered program: 4 PhD; 0 MS
Openings/year: about 4 PhD

Resident: $1,020 in fees/semester, tuition waived with assistantship (full load)
Nonresident: $1,020 in fees/semester, tuition waived with assistantship (full load)

% receiving: 100
Amount: $12,000/$16,000 (9 months, with 12-month RAs also available)
Available: fellowships, TA, RA, all tuition exempt
Apply: with application

MS: 45 hours, oral defense of written proposal, oral defense of written thesis, thesis research, summer internship or equivalent independent research, no languages, 2 years (very few students accepted into a terminal MS degree program)
Nonthesis option: no
PhD (includes MS): 90 hours, oral defense of written thesis proposal, oral defense of written thesis, oral defense of written dissertation proposal, oral defense of written dissertation, continuous research, summer internship or equivalent independent research, comprehensive exam, no languages, 4–5 years
Nonthesis option: no

Required courses (units): MS courses only: Quantitative Methods and Research Design (6), Human Factors Psychology (3), Cognitive Psychology (3), Human Perception and Performance (3), Ergonomics (3), Applied Psychology Internship (6), Human-Machine Systems Engineering (3), Usability (3), Master's Thesis Research (6); PhD courses beyond MS: Engineering & Technology Content Courses (9), Selected Topics in Applied Psychology (15), Dissertation Research (18)
Electives: MS 9 credits; PhD 12 credits; Design of Human-Computer Systems (3), Advanced Seminar in Quantitative Methods (3), Advanced Physiological Psychology (3)
Required courses outside department: 1
Recommended courses outside department: 1
Offered: day, night, summer
Class size: 6–15

Research facilities: Multiple computer laboratories with Internet access; no-fee student computer accounts; Human/Technology Interaction Usability Lab, Human Factors Lab, Motion Sciences Lab, Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Lab, Sleep Research Facility, Perception-Action Lab, Information Processing and Emotion Lab, Occupational Stress Simulation Lab, Oculomotor Assessment Lab, Graduate Student Research Lab, Cognition Lab, Driving Simulator Lab, Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Lab, Virtual Reality Facility, telerobotics facilty.
Teaching: Teaching experience is available for qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships, which typically involve leading discussion and lab sections of undergraduate psychology courses.
Current research: The faculty is involved in a wide spectrum of funded and nonfunded research, including human-computer interaction, medical human factors, visual information-processing strategies in adults, usability, sleep and work-rest cycles, motion sickness and spatial disorientation, effects of motion on performance, face and pattern recognition, development of pattern vision in humans, visual-spatial display characteristics of spatial orientation tasks, cognitive aging, memory, human performance measurement, crew performance in process control, dynamic/real-time decision making, vision in virtual environments, transportation safety, teleoperation of robotic systems, and artificial visual displays for manual guidance.

Active: 10 men, 7 women
First-year students: 4
Mean scores: 2011–2012 incoming PhD students: GRE 156 v, 158 q, 4.1 a

Thomas R. Alley, 1981, U. of Connecticut; eyewitness testimony; psychological aspects of physical appearance, perception and cognition
Claudio Cantalupo, PhD 2000, U. of Memphis; biopsychology, evolution of laterality, communication abilities in primates
Leo Gugerty, PhD 1989, U. of Michigan; human factors psychology, cognitive psychology, navigation, situation awareness, usability testing
James A. McCubbin, PhD 1980, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; psychophysiology, health psychology, behavioral medicine, psychoneuroendocrinology of stress, occupational health psychology
DeWayne Moore, PhD 1979, Michigan State U.; quantitative psychology, experimental design
Eric R. Muth, PhD 1997, Penn State U; psychophysiology, health psychology, effects of stress on the gastro-intestinal system, aviation human factors, motion sickness, effects of motion on performance, spatial disorientation
Christopher C. Pagano, PhD 1993, U. of Connecticut; teleoperation of robotic systems, haptic and visual perception, kinesthesis, motor control, visually guided reaching, cognition, human factors and ergonomics, teleoperation
Richard Pak, PhD 2005, Georgia Tech; human factors psychology, human-computer interaction, cognitive aging, spatial abilities, memory
June Pilcher, PhD 1989, U. of Chicago; biopsychology, neuroscience, sleep and sleep deprivation, fatigue, biological rhythms, work/rest cycles, human factors and ergonomics, occupational health psychology, history of psychology
Patrick Raymark, PhD 1993, Bowling Green State U.; industrial-organizational psychology, sources of performance information used by raters, effects of indirect performance information on rating behavior
Patrick Rosorpa, PhD 2007, U. of Central Florida; quantitative analysis
Robert Sinclair, PhD 1995, Wayne State U.; occupational health psychology
Benjamin R. Stephens, PhD 1985, U. of Texas at Austin; perceptual development, vision
Fred S. Switzer III, PhD 1988, U. of Illinois, decision making and motivation, personnel selection, human factors in process control, driving behavior, research methods
Richard A. Tyrrell, PhD 1993, Penn State U.; human factors psychology, visual perception and performance, transportation safety
Laura A. Whitlock, PhD 2015 (anticipated), North Carolina State U.; human-computer interaction, cognitive aging, decision support, mobile health technology, internet health behavior

[Updated April 2015]

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