CERI Science Director

Name:  Nancy J. Cooke

Position:  Science Director


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1981, George Mason University

Master of Arts, Experimental Psychology, 1983, New Mexico State University

Doctor of Philosophy, Cognitive Psychology, 1987, New Mexico State University

Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of Applied Psychology at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus and is Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ.  She is also Editor-in-Chief of Human Factors. Her research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies, human-computer interfaces, homeland security systems, remotely operated vehicles, and emergency response systems. In particular, Dr. Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition.  Her most recent work includes empirical and modeling efforts to understand the acquisition and retention of team skill and the measurement of team coordination and team situation awareness especially through the analysis of communication.  This work is funded primarily by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research.  Dr. Cooke has co-edited Human Factors of Remotely Operated Vehicles, published by Elsevier and has co-authored a book with Frank Durso titled  Human-Technology Failures and Their Cognitive Engineering Solutions, to be published by Taylor and Francis.


Vitae of Dr. Nancy Cooke

Work and Teaching History

  • Professor, Applied Psychology, Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus, 2003-present
  • Science Director, Cognitive Engineering Research Institute (www.cerici.org), Mesa, AZ
  • Adjunct Professor, Psychology, NMSU, 2003-present
  • Professor, Psychology, NMSU, 1999-2002
  • Associate Professor, Psychology, NMSU, 1994-1999
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, NMSU, 1992-1994
  • Summer Faculty, Armstrong Lab, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, TX, 1992
  • Research Consultant, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Corporation, Houston, TX and NASA Johnson Space Center, 1987-92
  • Assistant Professor, Rice University, 1987-1992

Ongoing Research Projects

  • CERTT Laboratory - a facility for Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Tasks (DOD funded)
  • CERI (Cognitive Engineering Research Institute) – a not for profit, 501 (c3) organization dedicated to technology transfer for human-centered sociotechnical systems
  • Cognitive Coordination on the Network Centric Battlefield (Supported by AFRL and AFOSR)
  • Automatic Tagging of Macrocognitive Collaborative Processes through Communication Analysis (Supported by ONR)
  • Cognition and Collaboration in Network Centric Operations:  Understanding & Measuring  Macrocognition in Teams  (Supported by ONR MURI – UCF Prime (http://tpl.ucf.edu/summit/home.htm))
  • Shared Understanding Across Levels of Command  (SBIR supported by ARI with Aptima)
  • Communication Analysis for Enhanced Team Performance in the AOC (STTR supported by AFOSR with Aptima)

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