Industrial Engineering

Dr. Scott A. Shappell elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA)

- August 2009

     Dr. Scott A. Shappell has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). This honorary status is bestowed upon APA Members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field that have had an impact on a national level. The APA is a scientific and professional organization which predominantly represents clinical psychologists, and it is a great honor for Dr. Shappell to receive his Fellow status within this prestigious organization.

     After receiving his B.S. (1983) in psychology from Wright State University, Dr. Shappell went on to receive his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Texas Medical Branch (1990). Dr. Shappell was the Human Factors Research Branch Manager at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City, OK. There he managed research programs on advanced Air Traffic Control systems, behavioral stressors, and aircrew performance. In addition, he continues to conduct studies of both civil and military aviation accidents.

     Before joining the Civil Aeromedical Institute however, then Lieutenant Commander Shappell, served as the Human Factors Branch Chief at the U.S. Naval Safety Center and as a human factors accident investigation consultant for the Joint Service Safety Chiefs. Prior to the Naval Safety Center, he served as the Force Aerospace Psychologist for the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. His adventures in the U.S. Navy and the civilian sector have given him a well-rounded past in aviation psychology and aeromedical safety. Consequently, he has published over 60 papers and one book in the fields of aviation accident investigation, spatial disorientation, sustained operations, flight deck injuries, and aircrew fatigue.

     In the Fall of 2005, he joined the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, where he continues to do research in the areas of human error, human factors safety management systems, fatigue effects on performance, and crew resource management. He is the co-developer of the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) and Human Factors Intervention Matrix (HFIX) that are used worldwide in a variety of high-risk industries (e.g., aviation, mining, medicine) for accident/incident investigation and the development of interventions.


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