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Faculty and Staff Profile

Richard Pak

Associate Professor

Office: Brackett 410B
Phone: 656-1584
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology 2005

M.S. Engineering Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology 2001

B.S. Applied Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology 1997

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 2010)
Usability evaluation (PSYCH 8400)
Human Factors (PSYCH 8350)


What determines successful, error-free, and enjoyable interactions with technology? How can we enhance human-automation interaction? How does aging affect technology adoption and performance? My interest is in understanding the psychological factors that determine successful interactions with automated technologies (e.g., consumer devices such as smartphones & GPS up to complex automated UAV control or human-robot collaboration).

 Research Interests

Human-automation interaction
Human-robot interaction
Individual differences
Anthropomorphic interfaces
Factors affecting the successful use of information technology
Human factors in HCI

 Research Publications

Pak, R., Rovira, E., McLaughlin, A. C., & Baldwin, N. (2016). Does the Domain of Technology Impact User Trust? Investigating trust in automation across different consumer-oriented domains in young adults, military, and older adults. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. doi:10.1080/1463922X.2016.1175523.

Price, M. M., Crumley-Branyon, J., Leidheiser, W., & Pak, R. (2016). Effects of information visualization on older adults’ decision-making performance in a medicare plan selection task: a comparative usability study. JMIR Human Factors. doi:10.2196/humanfactors.5106

Pak, R., McLaughlin. A. C., & Bass, B. (2014). A Multi-level Analysis of the Effects of Age and Gender Stereotypes on Trust in Anthropomorphic Technology by Younger and Older Adults. Ergonomics

Price, M.M., Pak, R., Müller, H., & Stronge, A. (2013). Older adult’s perceptions of usefulness of personal health records. Universal Access in the Information Society, 12(2), 191-204.

Pak, R., Fink, N., Price, M., Bass, B., & Sturre, L. (2012). Decision support aids with anthropomorphic characteristics influence trust and performance in younger and older adults. Ergonomics.

Sack, O., Pak, R., & Ziefle, M. (2011). Older Adults’ Perception of Costs and Benefits of Web-Based and Mobile PHR Technologies: A Focus Group Approach. Information Quality in e-Health., 7058, 707-710.

Featherman, M., Wright, R. T., Thatcher, J., Zimmer, J. C., and Pak, R. (2011). The Influence of Interactivity on E-service Offerings: An Empirical Examination of Benefits and Risks. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (3) 1, pp. 1-25.

Pak, R., Fink, N., Price, M., & Battisto. (2011). Two case studies in human factors and healthcare. In M. Ziefle & C. Rocker (Eds.), Human Centered Design of E-Health Technologies (272-295). Hershey: IGI Global.

Fink, N., Pak, R., & Battisto, D. (2010). Developing a usability evaluation tool to assess the patient room bathroom. Health Environments Research and Design Journal., 3(3), 22-41.

Pak, R., & McLaughlin, A. C. (2010). Designing Displays for Older Adults. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Pak, R., Price, M. M., & Thatcher, J. (2009). Age-sensitive design of online health information. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Battisto, D. B., Pak, R., Vander Wood, M. A., & Pilcher, J. J. (2009). Using a task analysis to describe nursing work in acute care patient environments. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39(12), 537-547.

Pak, R., Czaja, S. J., Sharit, J., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2008). The role of spatial abilities and age in performance in an auditory computer navigation task. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 3045-3051.

Pak, R.,& Price, M. M. (2008). Designing an information search interface for younger and older adults. Human Factors, 50, 614-628.


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