My research, teaching, and service focuses on creating usable interfaces by adapting psychological theories to the design process.
Research: My hope is that at the intersection of Cognitive psychology and Interaction Design we will be able to discover why some products make our lives better, while others make our lives more difficult. My Psychology of Design (PoD) laboratory explores research topics related to Cognitive Design.
Teaching: I consistently draw on my areas of expertise and scholarship to complement my course instruction. Within my courses, students develop their professional abilities and strengthen their resumes by completing consulting projects. In addition, the importance of developing basic research skills is also a major focus in my instruction; this is demonstrated by the large number of my students who submit manuscripts and posters.
Service: I serve the academic community in a number of ways. I am director and co-founder of the first Human Factors graduate program in Missouri. Further, I have chaired committees at both the department and university level (e.g., psychology participant pool & graduate thesis manual). I also serve at a national level through ad-hoc reviewing and by providing free UX consulting services.