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Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. Program

Wright State’s Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program features an academic path that produces results neither specialty could achieve alone. You will understand the relationship of Human Factors and I/O through interaction with students from both areas in a variety of research settings.

Identify how behaviors and attitudes can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, and feedback systems. Learn how to select people who fit a given work environment — or help an organization succeed by designing a more effective organizational structure.

Ongoing projects by current students include interdisciplinary collaborations with defense, medicine, computer science and engineering. There are many such opportunities in the Dayton area.

Target a career in business and industry, research, teaching, government, or consulting. Your employer will know they can count on you to help improve the motivation, performance, training, and job satisfaction of that organization’s team members. No matter what professional path you choose, your Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program at Wright State will prepare you for professional success.

Betsy Fox

“The research diversity of the human factors program is phenomenal, from low-level vision and auditory perception, decision-making and interface design, and computational, mathematical, and neuroscientific approaches to cognitive modeling. The amount of interaction and breadth we have with the professors is truly unique. They are interested in helping us all grow academically and professionally. Also, our collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) allows us to explore phenomena that have real-world applications. It’s a win-win for us both – they are looking for our expertise and training and we gain experience in a career field we may go into in the future.”

Kevin O'Neill

“I like the sense of community here, and I like that the professors have a wide range of interests within psychology. They don’t refuse to comment on anything else. Having said that, you will notice their different specialties. Each professor has their own niche. Some do vision. Some do hearing. My lab does cognitive modeling. Other labs do math modeling. Some of the other labs do classical human factors interface design. There is a wide range of specialties within human factors.”