Human Factors and Applied Cognition
PsychologyThe College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

University Professor

How human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks.

Dr Boehm-Davis is Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University Professor in the Psychology Department at George Mason University. She worked on applied cognitive research at General Electric, NASA Ames Research Center and Bell Laboratories prior to joining George Mason University in 1984. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Human Factors at the Food and Drug Administration.

She has served as President of the Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She has been an associate editor for Human Factors and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies;  she currently serves on the editorial board of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers -- the State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Current Research

Dr. Boehm-Davis' research focuses on how human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks. Her past research involved understanding how best to display information to users (human-computer interaction). She also was involved in research in the areas of highway transportation and aviation for many years. More recently, she was involved in the application of human factors in the medical domain. Her current research is focused on understanding the influence of interruptions on performance.

Selected Publications

Books

Boehm-Davis, D. A., Durso, F. & Lee, J. D., (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of human-systems integration. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Remington, R. W., Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Folk, C. L. (2012). An introduction to humans in engineered systems. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Journal Articles/Book Sections

Durso, F. T., Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Lee, J. D. (2015). A view of human systems integration from the academy. In D. A. Boehm-Davis, F. T. Durso & J. D. Lee, Eds., Handbook of human-systems integration. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Cooke, N. J. (2015). Case studies. In D. A. Boehm-Davis, F. T. Durso & J. D. Lee, Eds., Handbook of human-systems integration. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2015). Using task analysis and computational cognitive models to design and evaluate interfaces. In J. L. Szalma, M. Scerbo, R. Parasuraman, P. A. Hancock, & R. R. Hoffman (Eds.), The Cambridget Handbook of Applied Perception Research, 629-646.

Blumberg, E. J., Foroughi, C. K., Scheldrup, M. R., Peterson, D. A., & Parasuraman, R. (2015). Reducing the disruptive effects of interruptions with noninvasive brain stimulation. Human Factors, 57, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/0018720814565189

Foroughi, C. K., Werner, N. E., Nelson, E. T., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2014). Do interruptions affect quality of work? Human Factors, 56, 1262-1271.

Parsons, S. E., Carter, E. A., Waterhouse, L. J., Fritzeen, J., Kelleher, D. C., Baker, K. M., Nelson, E., Werner, N. E. Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Burd, R. S. (2014). Improving ATLS performance in simulated pediatric trauma resuscitation using a checklist. Annals of Surgery, 259, 807-813.

Cades, D. M., Boehm-Davis, D. A., Monk, C. A. & Trafton, J. G. (2011). Mitigating Disruptive Effects of Interruptions through Training:  What Needs to be Practiced? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Vol 17(2), 97-109. doi: 10.1037/a0023497 

Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Remington, R. (2009) Reducing the disruptive effects of interruption: A cognitive framework for analysing the costs and benefits of intervention strategies. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 41,1124–1129.

Monk, C. A., Trafton, J. G., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). The Effect of Interruption Duration and Demand on Resuming Suspended Goals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14, 299–313.

Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Discoveries and Developments in Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, 50, 560-564.

Ratwani, R. M., Trafton, J. G., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Thinking graphically: Connecting vision and cognition during graph comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14 (1), 36-49.

Refereed Conference Publications

Foroughi, C. K., Werner, N. E., Hatcher, M., Lopen, A, Zafar, T., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2014). Do Interruptions Affect Content Production? In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 58.

Miller, W., Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Stanard, T. (2014). What Happens When You Can’t Press Pause? The Effect of Interruptions on Detecting Threats in a Simulated Closed-Circuit Television Surveillance Feed. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 58.

Foroughi, C. K., Werner, N. E., Nelson, E. T., Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2013). Do Interruptions Affect Quality of Work? In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 57, 154-157. 

Miller, W. D. & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2013). Age-Related Differences in Positional Dispersion of Fixations in a Multitask Environment. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57, 104-108.

Werner, N., Nelson, E. Miller, W., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2012). Interruptions in the real world: Examining the role of internal versus external interruptions in a hospital pharmacy. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

 

Dissertations Supervised

Erik Thomas Nelson, Learning to More Effectively Manage Interruptions over Repeated Exposures: When, How, and Why? (2013)

Nicole Werner, Toward a Theoretical Framework for Predicting Overall Quality Effects of Interruptions on Content Production Tasks (2014)