Principal Investigators

Sara J. Czaja

Sara J. Czaja, CREATE Director

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Industrial Engineering

Co-Director, Center on Aging

Education

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, SUNY, Buffalo

Contact

305-355-9080

Biography

In addition to her  role as the Director of CREATE and her faculty responsibilities,  Sara Czaja is the Co-Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The mission of the Center on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and aging population through research, education, service modeling and policy development. The Center on Aging focuses on basic and applied research for diverse populations of older adults and their families and emphasizes the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach which integrates biomedical, behavioral, clinical, social, and human factors engineering expertise.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Fellow
  • Gerontological Society of America, Fellow
  • International Society for Gerontechnology
Walter Boot

Walter R. Boot, Principal Investigator

Florida State University

Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D. (2007) Visual Cognition and Human Performance

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Contact

850-645-8734

Biography

Walter (Wally) Boot’s research interests range from basic attention mechanisms, to how these mechanisms operate in applied contexts, to the extent to which training can shape these mechanisms and lead to improved performance. Much of his research is centered on how humans go about the difficult task of finding what they are looking for in visual environments that are often cluttered and complex. His other line of research focuses on training and transfer of training. What are the best methods to train complex tasks? Does training on complex tasks (such as video games) improve the performance of novel tasks? His research focuses on the use of video games as a means to improve the perceptual and cognitive abilities of younger, and especially older adults.

Affiliations

Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy Associate

Vision Sciences Society

 

 

 

 

Neil Charness

Neil Charness, Principal Investigator

Florida State University

William G. Chase Professor of Psychology

Education

1965-1969: Honors, BA, McGill University

1969-1974: MS, Phd, Carnegie Mellon University

Contact

850-644-6686

Biography

Neil Charness’s research interests in aging began with work on age and expert performance, then shifted to age and skill acquisition as it related to work performance, and now center around age and technology use. In particular, he is interested in performance modeling techniques such as GOMS to help in designing technology products that are suited to older adult abilities. He is also exploring training methods using techniques such as spaced retrieval and self-monitoring judgments of learning to enhance learning of software. Finally, he is investigating some of the factors influencing acceptability and use of in-home vital signs monitoring systems.

Affiliations

  • Canadian Psychological Association: Fellow
  • American Psychological Association: Fellow, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging)
  • Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Gerontological Society of America: Fellow
  • Association for Psychological Science: Fellow
  • American Telemedicine Association
  • Sigma Xi
  • International Society of Gerontechnology: Awarded Honorary Member status.
Wendy Rogers

Wendy A. Rogers, Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor – Department of Kinesiology & Community Health

Shahid & Ann Carlson Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences

Education

Ph.D. (1991) Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact

217-300-1470

Biography

Wendy Rogers directs the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory. The lab’s goals are to develop a fundamental understanding of aging, cognition, and attention and to bring that fundamental basic knowledge to bear on design issues important to the quality and safety of activities of daily living encountered by older adults.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (Fellow
    • Past President of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)
  • American Psychological Society
  • American Telemedicine Association
  • Association for Computing Machinery (SIGCHI)
  • Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Fellow)
    • Past President (2004-2005)
    • Member of Executive Council (1997-2000)
    • Faculty Advisor - Georgia Tech HFES Student Chapter
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Joseph Sharit

Joseph Sharit, Principal investigator

University of Miami

Research Professor

Education

Ph.D. (1984) Industrial Engineering, Purdue University

Contact

305-284-6472

Biography

Joseph Sharit's research focus has generally been in areas in which there are concerns related to system safety engineering or human interaction with products, devices, or systems. Typically, the goal is to employ a variety of methods that can be used to identify weak links in a system’s design or operation, or in the human’s interaction with the system, and to discover ways in which human and system performance can be improved.

Affiliations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Society of Risk Analysis