OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
Department of Psychology
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Title: Human Factors (MS, PhD) with 8 specialized courses in HF
Granted last 3 years: PhD 15
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: yes
Program: This program follows the scientist-practitioner model with emphasis on psychological theory and behavioral science, fundamental and innovative areas of human factors/engineering psychology, statistics and research methodology, understanding the broader organizational context for practicing human factors/engineering psychology, and practical experience. Students are encouraged to make innovative professional contributions. Performance expectations and standards are high. The organizational climate of the program is open, nurturing, and cooperative. Students play an active part in the governance of the program and are encouraged to be active in the local chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Contact: Bryan E. Porter, Associate Professor & Ph.D. Programs Director, Department of Psychology, MGB 250, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0267; 757-683-4458; firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sci.odu.edu/psychology/directory/porter.shtml.
Catalog: (free, online) Bryan E. Porter, Associate Professor & Ph.D. Programs Director, Department of Psychology, MGB 250, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0267.
GRE: 500 v, 500 q, 1000 v + q
Other: GRE advanced test in psychology. Note: GRE advanced test is required only for applicants without a bachelor's degree in psychology. For international students, minimum TOEFL 550; 600 or better preferred. Coursework in statistics, experimental methods, and 9 additional semester hours in psychology.
Work experience: low
Students applying last year: 15
TUITION AND FEES:
Resident: $285/semester hour
Nonresident: $715/semester hour
% receiving: 100
Available: fellowships, TA, RA, scholarship, most tuition exempt
Apply: with application
MS: 36 units, oral defense exam, no languages or practical experience required, thesis and first-year project research required, 2 years
Nonthesis option: no
PhD: 84 units, qualifying exam, oral defense of dissertation, no languages, dissertation research required, 3-6 month internship, 3 years
MS required courses (units): Quantitative Methods (9), Perception (3), Cognition (3), Research Methods (3), Human Factors/Engineering Psychology (3), Personnel Psychology (3), Organizational Psychology (3)
MS electives: Measurement Theory (3), History & Systems (3), Advanced Physiological Psychology (3), Advanced Personality Theory (3), Psychological Assessment (3), Advanced Social Psychology (3)
PhD required courses: Statistics and Research Methods (9), Human Factors (3), Ergonomics (3), Occupational Safety (3)
PhD electives: Methods, Measures, Techniques, Tools (3); Human-Computer Interaction (3); Theories, Models, and Simulations (3); Advanced Visual Perception and Visual Displays (3); Advanced Cognition and Information Processes (3); Occupational Safety (3); Human Performance Assessment (3)
Required courses outside department: none
Recommended courses outside department: depends on student's interests
Offered: night, summer
Class size: 5-7
Research facilities: Lab facilities are available for research in modeling and simulation, human perception, performance, cognition, and psychophysiology. Facilities include microcomputers, local area networked testing stations, sound-attenuated testing chambers, driving simulation equipment, marksmanship training simulator, brain-computer interface equipment, vection stimulation equipment, game-based virtual environment equipment,and EEG and ERP recording equipment. Access to university computing and multimedia development facilities is also available. To complement the program's developing emphasis on modeling and simulation, students also have access to the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC). VMASC is an ODU-affiliated research and development center where scientists from a number of disciplines create and test computer models and simulation applications to benefit industrial, academic, and governmental interests.
Teaching: All graduate students are required to teach for at least one semester before graduation. Students typically teach undergraduate courses in their area of interest. Students may teach more often if they desire.
Current research: Human-computer interaction, visual and auditory display design, auditory localization, virtual audio displays, vigilance and attention, team decision making and training, use of advanced automation, design and development of modeling and simulation technology, measurement and impact of forms of computer usage on productivity, and human cognition and performance.
Active: 10 men, 16 women
First-year students: 4
Mean scores: PhD: GRE 575 v, 650 q, 650 a, GPA 3.5
Ivan Ash, PhD 2005, U Illinois-Chicago, heuristic formation and use, biases, expertise
James P. Bliss, PhD 1993, U Central Florida; alarm mistrust, training, virtual environments and simulation
J. Christopher Brill, PhD 2007, U Central Florida; multimodal displays, tactile sensation and perception, spatial audio displays, simulator sickness, sopite syndrome
Donald D. Davis, PhD 1982, Michigan State U; macroergonomics, management of technological innovation, engineering management
Poornima Madhavan, PhD 2005, U Illnois; decision making under risk, time pressure and uncertainty, simulation, automation
Debra Major, PhD 1992, Michigan State U; team effectiveness, organizational socialization, career development
Mark W. Scerbo, PhD 1987, U Cincinnati; cognition, perception, human-computer interaction, VR and simulation
[Updated March 2011]