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Oxford, Ohio
Department of Psychology

Title: Applied Concentration in Ergonomics and Human Factors (PhD)
Est: 1983
Granted last 3 years: PhD 3, MA 2
Part-time: no
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: no
Program: The program's emphasis is on a firm and extensive foundation in basic psychology (theory and method), which then serves as a springboard to allow the student to function as an effective problem solver in a variety of applied settings. Students are expected to be involved in formal research and participate in real-world design problems generating specific products. Group interaction among students and faculty is highly valued. Miami University is a member of the Southwestern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Consortium. Other members include the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton. Students have access to faculty, courses, and laboratories at each participating institution.
Contact: Leonard S. Mark, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, 513/529-2417, 513/529-2400,,
Catalog: (free) Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056;

Deadline: January 20
Fee: $35

GPA: 3.0
GRE: 1100 v + q
Other: Psychology GRE, TOEFL, BA, some background in psychology, mathematics, computers
Research: high
Work experience: medium
Letters: high
Interview: medium

Students applying last year: 15
Accepted: 3
Openings/year: 2

Resident: $5962/year
Nonresident: $12422/year

% receiving: 100
Amount: $11,301/$15,000 plus $1800 summer supplement. Waiver of tuition is included as part of all support.
Available: TA, RA, all exempt
Apply: with application

PhD (includes master's): 90 units, comprehensive exam, no languages, continuous research, 5 years
Nonthesis option: no

Required courses: Introduction to Human Factors, Statistics and Experimental Design, Research Methods, Task Analysis, Usability of Complex Systems, Anthropometry and Biomechanics, Advanced Seminars in Experimental and Applied Psychology (cognitive processes, knowledge systems, motion perception, perception and action)
Electives: Special Topics in Methodology (lab instrumentation, microprocessor logic and interfacing, analog and digital electronics, neural net modeling, quasi-experimental design, program evaluation)
Required courses outside department: n/a
Recommended courses outside department: n/a
Offered: evening, summer
Class size: 3-8

Research facilities: The Center for Ergonomic Research includes facilities for workstation design and analysis, including apparatus for dynamic postural analysis and anthropometric modeling. The Vision Lab includes facilities for computer-generated motion simulation, spatial frequency analysis, photometry, and colorimetry. Corporate partnerships provide research opportunities in cognitive systems engineering, interface design and usability evaluation. Other apparatus available through collaborative relationships with the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Health and Physical Education, members of the Southwestern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Consortium, NIOSH, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Teaching: Students serve as teaching assistants in the department's undergraduate research methods and statistics course. In addition, some can teach a course of their own design.
Current research: Perception-action analysis of workstation design; methods of anthropometric analysis; spatial orientation and adaptation with respect to motion sickness and simulated (virtual) environments; quantitative modeling of cognitive, perceptual, and decision-making processes; contrast gain-control mechanisms in spatial perception; cognitive work analysis with specific application to products, workspaces, and computer systems; human/computer interaction with emphasis on user-centered design and system usability; use of simulated (virtual) environments to study orientation and navigation in large-scale spaces.

Active: 7 men, 2 women
First-year students: 3
Mean scores: PhD: GRE 1280 v + q, GPA 3.6

William P. Berg, PhD 1990, U Minnesota; motor control and coordination, visual guidance, aging
Marvin J. Dainoff, PhD 1969, U Rochester; workstation ergonomics, ergonomic standards, cognitive systems engineering
Osama Ettooney, PhD 1987, U Minnesota; manufacturing engineering
Douglas L. Gardner (adjunct) PhD 1997, Miami U; cognitive systems engineering, HCI, usability
Joseph G. Johnson, PhD 1994, Indiana U; judgment and decision making
Leonard S. Mark, PhD 1979, U Connecticut; perception and action, workstation ergonomics
Lynn Olzak, PhD 1982, UCLA; higher-level processing mechanisms in visual perception
Allan J. Pantle, PhD 1968, Northwestern U; form and movement perception
Robin Thomas, PhD 1995, Indiana U; decision making
David Waller, PhD 1999, U Washington, spatial cognition
Rik Warren (adjunct), PhD 1972, Cornell U; flight simulation

[Updated Winter 2007]