Expertise DescriptionI have more than 30 years of experience in the area of human factors and ergonomics. My professional involvement includes work in the following areas: occupational health and safety, accident investigation and analysis, accident prevention, computer-user interface, industrial hygiene, forensic psychology, negligence, hazard identification, product design and usability, and human performance. Much of my work has included recommendations for prevention encompassing modifications in areas such as workplace, system or product design, work procedures or practices, job skills, staffing, and training. I have applied my education and experience privately and for various government agencies. I have provided consultations, courtroom testimony, and deposition as an ergonomics expert witness for over 15 years.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience mainly originates from case referrals from ORC International’s expert advising services network which provides litigation support and expert witnesses in the engineering, technical, scientific, business, and medical fields. I have approximately 15 years of experience working with attorneys and legal professions in mainly civil litigation cases. Many of these cases have involved the identification of causes (or risk factors) in job related accidents, and whether any related injuries can be associated with the use of a specific product, piece of equipment or system, with a set of particular work activities or procedures, and/or with specific environmental conditions. Negligence, as a sole or contributing factor has been a major concern in many of these cases.
During my 15 years of consulting, I have been involved in a number of different areas. I have conducted workplace ergonomic, health and safety assessments for assisted living facilities, restaurants, and offices, as well as investigated workplace sources of job related injuries. I have consulted on injuries resulting from defects in product liability cases and those associated with employer negligence in railroad incidents (I am familiar with the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)). In some unrelated areas I have provided advisory services in computer-user interface design and in areas of Cognitive Psychology related to memory disorders associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and in the use of decision making heuristics.
My professional experience includes the application of human factors to the development (design, testing, and evaluation) of military systems, equipment, and ancillary materiel for the Department of Defense, and to Enroute Air Traffic Control (ATC) system design and operator workload, enroute ATC communications, and airport runway safety for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity I have also assisted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in several airline accidents. Aside from consulting for litigation purposes, I have provided consultative services in the form of human factors design and usability guidance in the development of passenger and baggage screening portals and portable explosive detection equipment for Homeland Security, and for Spectrum Software Technology (SST) in the area of human factors test and evaluation planning associated with the acquisition of defense and aviation system development contracts.
|Ph.D.||Psychology||State University of New York at Albany – Albany||NY|
|M.S.||Human Factors/Psychology||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy||NY|
|B.A.||Industrial Psychology||State University College of Buffalo – Buffalo||NY|
No license or certification specifically required in Human Factors/Ergonomics
Awards & Affiliation
Member National Human Factors Society
Member National Ergonomics Society
Senior Online Instructor for University of Phoenix
National Human Factors Society