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 on Aging and Behavioral Research 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 and Behavioral Research 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 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'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