PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Evan is a cognitive psychology and human factors professor at SJSU.
He studies cognition, perception, and attention from both a basic and applied perspective.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS

DANIEL MABIE

Daniel is a second year M.A. student in the Research and Experimental Psychology program. He is interested in human computer interactions, situation awareness, and the future of autonomous vehicles. He currently serves a co-lab manager of LAVA lab while working for SJSU Research Foundation: NASA Ames and VECTR Lab.

RACHEL WINDSOR

Rachel earned her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from SJSU. She is passionate about research, data science and organizational management. Currently, she is part of People Analytics Research & Technology team at Intuit while serving as a co-lab manager of LAVA Lab and Workplace Diversity Lab.

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CATHERINE TRAN

Catherine is a third year M.S. in the Human Factors and Ergonomics program. She is interested in UX research, specifically in regard to human-computer interaction, gamification, and autonomous vehicles. Her current thesis investigates the effects of positive versus negative framing in a gamified task.

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NHAT LE

Nhat Le is a third year M.A. student in the Research and Experimental Psychology Program. His current research interests are Positive Psychology, the psychology of critical thinking, metacognition, and creativity. His thesis is investigating whether it is possible to induce the Overview Effect through Virtual Reality.

KATIE JUE

Katie is a third year M.S. student in the Human Factors & Ergonomics program and is currently interning as an ergonomist at Stanford University. Her research interests include perception & cognition, human factors, ergonomics, and healthcare systems. Her graduating project/thesis will focus on rare search tasks and attention.

MATT PEEL

Matt is a second year M.S. student in the Human Factors and Ergonomics program with a passion for human behavior, user experience research and design. He has a background in both psychology and business. As a former manager of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Matt is highly interested in transportation, especially in the areas of autonomous vehicle technology and urban air mobility.

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HARJINA SINGH

Harjina Singh is a second year M.S. student in the Human Factors & Ergonomics program with research interests in user experience (UX), smart home devices, and virtual reality (VR). She also works as a researcher with Toyota Boshoku under the SJSU Research Foundation. On her off time Harjina enjoys being in nature and writing poems on Yelp.

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YASMEEN ODEH

Yasmeen is a second-year M.S. student in the Human Factors and Ergonomics program. Her research interests include healthcare systems, situation awareness and auditory alarms. She recently completed a 6-month contract with NASA Ames, where she studies training techniques and their implications in novice learning environments. Yasmeen enjoys playing the piano, cross-stitching, and dancing Dabke.

SAGARIKA KANCHIBAIL

Sagarika is a second year M.S. student in Human Factors and Ergonomics program. She has a background in psychology. Her research interests include gamification, healthcare systems and human factors in occupational health and safety.

KEVIN SALUBRE

Kevin is a first year M.S. student in the HFE program. He has a background in psychology and mixed methods research. His research interests are in attention, automation, and user experience. Currently, he is serving as a CSU STEM VISTA for the College of Science, using his qualitative research skills to collect and analyze the experiences of STEM students with the goal of improving second to third year retention rates.

CHRISTOPHER CONETTA

Chris is a first year M.S. student in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Program. His research interests include autonomous vehicles, situation awareness and attentional cueing. Currently, Chris works as a Civic Action Fellow mentoring 3-6 grade students to help them gain an understanding of cyber security concepts through coding.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

JENNIFER LI

Jennifer is a recent graduate at SJSU with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include education, UI/UX design, and healthcare. Currently, she is a Health Services Research Assistant at the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research where she supports and manages the Team Participatory System Dynamics project.

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SABINA PATEL

Sabina is a Senior Psychology student with a double minor in Human Systems Integration and  Business. Her research interests include User Experience, Virtual Reality Technology, Healthcare Systems, Human Factors, and Industrial and Organizational (I.O) Psychology. She currently volunteers with the LAVA lab as well as the I.O. Diversity Lab as SJSU.

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SCARLETT VU

Scarlett is a senior Psychology student minoring in Human Systems Integration. Her research interests include user experience and human factors. She is also particularly interested in the future of virtual reality, augmented reality, and autonomous vehicles. She currently volunteers as an undergraduate research assistant at LAVA lab, a VP of Marketing at AIESEC, and an intern at a UX design firm.

JAVIER NAVARRO

Javier is a senior Psychology student, minoring in Human Systems Integration. His research interests include gamification, human-computer interaction, education technology, automation and user experience. He enjoys boxing, playing video games, and watching movies.

 

LAB ALUMNI

KASIA SLIWINSKA

Design & User Experience Researcher

M.A. in Research and Experimental Psychology
Her primary research interest include gamification, motivation, attention, usability, human factors, UX, and human interaction with technology. She currently works at Facebook as a UX Researcher.

JONATHAN LEVENTHAL

Lead UX Researcher

M.A. in Research and Experimental Psychology
He is primarily interested in motivation, gamification, and human factors. He currently works at Google as a Lead UX Researcher.

PILAR BIANCHI

UX Researcher

M.A. in Research and Experimental Psychology 
She is interested in cell phone use, FOMO, attention, and gamification. She currently works at Google as a UX Researcher.

STEVE WU

UX Researcher

M.A. in Research and Experimental Psychology
His primary research interests include perception, cognition and task performance in virtual reality, and human-technology interaction. He currently works at Google as a UX Researcher.

ELNAZ AMIRI

UX Research Associate

M.S. in Human Factors and Ergonomics
She has a love for research to understand the mind and help human beings live easier and more fulfilling lives! She currently works at Google as a UX Research Associate.

MADISON GOODYEAR

Human Factors Project Associate

M.S. in Human Factors and Ergonomics

He is interested in human-centered design and research specifically in relation to education and gamification. He currently works at NASA as a Human Factors Project Associate.

KATHY ALVERO

UX Researcher

M.S. in Human Factors and Ergonomics
Her primary research interests include usability and human factors around machine learning, AI, and healthcare systems and devices. She currently works at IBM as a UX Researcher.

NEEKOLE ACORDA

Human Factors Engineer

M.S. in Human Factors and Ergonomics
Her primary research interests include: safety, perception of risk, and usability of medical devices. She currently works at THINK Surgical, Inc. as a Human Factors Engineer.

CRYSTAL FAUSETT

PhD Student in Human Factors

B.A. in Psychology with a minor in ACBSS.
Her research interests include situation awareness, cybersecurity, and human-computer interaction. She is pursuing her PhD at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

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