Human Factors psychologists use and contribute to the body of knowledge related to human strengths and weaknesses relevant to product/service design. Our goal is to collaborate with engineers, artists, and computer scientists to develop safe and effective technology.
ODU's Ph.D. program in Human Factors has been accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 2011.
Faculty Research Labs
Graduate students have access to world-class research facilities. For instance, laboratories within the department house various technology: eye-tracking systems, driving simulators, VR headsets, medical simulators, and a range of physiological recording equipment. Plus, collaborative research arrangements are in place with external entities. Visit our faculty labs to learn more.
Meet Our Award-Winning Faculty
ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory, behavioral science, and application. Our faculty members understand the fundamental and ancillary areas of human factors, and they are well versed in statistics and research methodology. You'll gain an appreciation for conducting human factors research, and you will receive valuable practical experience. We help students make innovative and professional contributions to the field. The faculty members are committed to your success in a learning environment that is open, nurturing, and cooperative.
Our award-winning HFES student chapter focuses on professional development and service in the areas of human factors and ergonomics. We regularly have guest speakers from both industry and academia during our meetings.