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Patricia R. DeLucia, PhD, Appointed Human Factors Editor in Chief
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is proud to announce the appointment of Patricia R. DeLucia to the position of editor in chief of Human Factors. DeLucia, a professor of psychology and coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Program at Texas Tech University, begins her term on January 1, 2014.

Human Factors, the Society’s flagship journal since 1958, publishes original peer-reviewed papers that further the understanding of people in relation to machines, systems, and environments. Covering the broad array of topics in HF/E, in recent years, the journal has published articles on patient safety, distracted driving, aging issues, cyber security, unmanned aerial vehicles, biomechanics and physiology, visual displays, human information processing, anthropometry, and attention processes.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed editor of Human Factors. With the increase of open access publications and the competitive climate in scientific publishing, it is an interesting and challenging time to serve as journal editor,” said DeLucia.

DeLucia, who earned her PhD from Columbia University and completed a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, served on the editorial board of Human Factors for 10 years before being appointed as an associate editor in 2009. She has more than 60 publications, including Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 7 as that volume’s editor. DeLucia’s research program focuses on theoretical issues in the visual perception of depth and collision, and human factors issues pertaining to driving and health care.

“The focus of my tenure as editor will be to recruit the highest-quality scientific papers for the journal,” said DeLucia. She plans to make the submission and review process more efficient for authors and reviewers, and to engage in outreach so that authors choose Human Factors as the first place to send their best scientific papers.

For more information, contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith (, 310/384-1811).

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The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world's largest nonprofit individual-member, multidisciplinary scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. Watch science news stories about other HF/E topics at the HFES Web site.

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