Principal Investigators

Sara J. Czaja, CREATE Director

Weill Cornell Medicine

Director, Center on Aging and Behavioral Research

Professor of Medicine - Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

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 Director of the Center on Aging and Behavioral Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. The mission of the Center is to enhance the quality of life and address the challenges of aging for older adults and their families through research, education and services to the community. The Center has a commitment to serving diverse and underserved populations. Unique features of the Center are a transdisciplinary perspective to the issues of aging and the use of technology as a mechanism to bring services and programs to older adults.

Affiliations

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

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

In addition to his research with CREATE, Walter (Wally) Boot is director of the Attention and Training Lab at Florida State University. His research interests include how humans perform and learn to master complex tasks (especially tasks with safety-critical consequences), how age influences perceptual and cognitive abilities vital to the performance of these tasks, and how technological interventions can improve the well-being and cognitive functioning of older adults. He has published extensively on the topic of technology-based interventions involving digital games.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Association for Psychological Science, Member
  • Gerontological Association of America, Fellow
  • Institute for Successful Longevity, Associate
  • Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Associate
  • Vision Sciences Society, Member

 

 

 

Neil Charness, Principal Investigator

Florida State University

William G. Chase Professor of Psychology

Director, Institute for Successful Longevity

Associate Director, Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population

Education

1965-1969: Honors, BA, McGill University

1969-1974: MS, Ph.D., 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 centers around age and technology use. In particular, he is interested in interventions to improve cognition and promote well-being as well as in technology to improve older driver and pedestrian safety.

 

Affiliations

  • Canadian Psychological Association: Fellow
  • American Psychological Association: Fellow, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging); Fellow Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Gerontological Society of America: Fellow
  • Association for Psychological Science: Fellow
  • Sigma Xi
  • International Society for Gerontechnology: Awarded Grandmaster 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, Principal investigator

University of Miami

Research Professor

Education

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

Contact
305-284-6472
Biography

Joseph Sharit is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. His research interests as part of CREATE focus on aging and performance, particularly in the areas of older adult interaction with e-health and other technological systems, including those that are applicable to work settings. He has also been involved in developing training and design interventions that can enhance older adult task performance and decision making. Dr. Sharit has co-authored two books related to design for older adults and co-organized two specialized conferences in Aging and Work. His research also includes system safety and human reliability analysis as it applies to health and other systems. At the University of Miami, his teaching has included human factors and ergonomics engineering, probability and statistics, system safety engineering, and engineering economy.

Affiliations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society