Contact Information

Dept. of Psychology
640 Poe Hall, CB 7650
2310 Stinson Drive,
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7650

Contact Information

Email: WogalterM@gmail.com


Dr. Michael S Wogalter

Laboratory Director

North Carolina State University

Short Bio

Michael S. Wogalter is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Most of his research focuses on the factors that influence warning effectiveness and people’s perceptions of hazard and risk. His other interests include applied cognition, human factors, ergonomics, safety and human-machine/technology interaction. Previously he did research on face memory/perception and eyewitness identification. He has authored or co-authored more than 375 research-based publications. He has served as an expert witness in various legal cases involving human factors and warnings.

Degrees

  1. 1986

    Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology

    Rice University (Houston)
  2. 1982

    M.A. in Human Experimental Psychology

    University of South Florida (Tampa)
  3. 1978

    B.A. in Psychology

    University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

Employment History

  1. 2013-Present
    Professor Emeritus, Psychology
    North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  2. 1999-2007
    Coordinator of the Ergonomics and Experimental Psychology doctoral graduate program
    North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  3. 1992-2013
    Full-time faculty member, tenured since 1995
    Psychology Dept., NC State University
  4. 2005-2013
    Affiliated Faculty in Communications, Rhetoric, & Digital Media graduate program
    North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  5. 1997-1998
    Visiting Scholar
    Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health (Hopkinton, MA)
  6. -1992
    Asst. Professor of Psychology
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  7. 1989-Present
    Consulting on various legal cases regarding Human Factors/Ergonomics issues. 1986
  8. -1989
    Asst. Professor of Psychology
    University of Richmond (VA)

Service to Profession

Previous Member of Editorial Boards of the following journals:

  • Applied Ergonomics Journal of Safety Research
  • Theoretical Issues of Ergonomics Science Human Factors
    Ergonomics
  • Psychology & Marketing Occupational Ergonomic

 

Ad Hoc Reviewer for the following journals:

  • Applied Cognitive Psychology British Journal of Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science Experimental Aging Research
  • Human Performance
  • IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors Psychological Research
  • Psychological Science
  • Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Proceedings of Public Policy & Marketing
  • Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Journal of Public Policy and Marketing
  • Journal of Experimental Gerontology Safety Science
  • Risk Analysis
  • Journal of Adolescent Health
    & several technical reports.
  • Co-Guest Editor, Safety Science, of a 1993 special journal issue on Warnings & Risk Communication.
  • Co-Guest Editor, Psychology & Marketing, of a 1998 special journal issue on Consumer Warnings.
  • Reviewer of American Psychological Society poster abstracts (1991-1993).
  • Reviewer of Interface 93 Conference meeting abstracts (1993).
  • Reviewer of submissions to the Public Graphics Symposium (1994).
  • Reviewer of several textbooks on behavioral statistics, research design, experimental psychology, and sensation and perception (Wadsworth, Mayfield, Academic Press).
  • Chaired numerous symposia and sessions at various professional/scientific meetings.
  • Ad hoc consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Consultant for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Division of Advertising Practices on fairness and deception in print and broadcast advertising, Washington, DC.
  • Special Government Employee (SGE) for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a consultant on over-the-counter (OTC) drug labeling (1996-1997).
  • Consultant on various legal cases on the human factors of safety and warnings.
  • Program Chair of the Safety Technical Group (Human Factors Society), 1989-91.
  • Editor, Safety News, the newsletter of the Safety Technical Group (Human Factors Society), 1990-91. Member, Public Relations Committee (Human Factors Society and Ergonomics Society), 1991-1993.
  • Chair of the Safety Technical Group (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society), 1991-1993.
  • General Sessions Chair of the National Program Committee (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society), 1992-1994.
  • Special Sessions Chair of the National Program Committee (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society), 1994-1995.
  • Chair of the Forensic Professional Group (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society), 1993-1994.
  • Technical Program Chair of the Forensic Professional Group (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society), 1995-96.
  • Chair, Council of Technical Groups (COTG), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1995-1996.
  • Member, Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1995-1997.
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society representative to the American National Standards committee (ANSI Z535.1-5) on warning colors, signs, symbols, labels and tags (1995-2003).
  • Faculty advisor for the North Carolina State University Student Chapter of the Human
  • Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1993-1994.
  • Secretary-Treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1996-1998).
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1996-1998).
  • Member of the Communications/Publications Subcouncil, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1996-1998).
  • Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1996).
  • Chair of Sustaining Membership Committee, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1996-1997).
  • Chair, Membership Services Subcouncil of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1998-1999).
  • Member of the Student Health Committee, North Carolina State University (1995-1997).
  • Member of the Poe Hall Building, Equipment, and Safety Committee, North Carolina State University (1996- present).
  • International Advisory Board, International Ergonomics Association (2000-present).
  • Editorial Board member, Human Factors (1995-2001).
  • Contributor, Position Paper Supporting Human Factors and Ergonomics Practitioners in
  • Forensics (2004). Representative of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society to the International Ergonomics Association (2001-2003).
  • Delegate, Executive Council, International Ergonomics Association (2002-2005).
  • Chair, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Representatives Committee (Delegation) to the International Ergonomics Association (2003-2005).
  • Member of the HFES Committee, International Foreign Colleague Award (2001-present).
  • Member of the HFES Committee, Kraft Design Award (2003-present).
  • Member of the HFES Committee, Ely Best Paper Award in Human Factors (2006).
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics on Safety (2006-present).
  • Affiliate Professor in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program in the
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NCSU (2005-present).
  • Visiting Scholar, Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety & Health, Hopkinton, MA (1997- 1998).
  • U.S. FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award: Risk Communication Team (2007).
  • Consultant and Special Government Employee to the Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. FDA (2008 – 2009)
  • Co-Chair, five sessions at the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Las Vegas, NV (July, 2008).
  • Advisor, ErgoVR, ErgoLab Research Unit, FMH, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Member, HFES Fellow Selection Committee (2011-2013).
  • President, HFES Carolina Chapter (2007-2008). Director, HFES Carolina Chapter (2008-2010).
  • Consultant, Westat Inc. on contract awarded by the U.S. FDA on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising warning effectiveness in print media: Eye tracking and comprehension assessment (2016-2018).
  • Ad Hoc Chair to form Children’s Issues Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2014-2016.
  • Proposer and chair of a 3-session symposia on Forensic Human Factors at the 2018 Triennial Congress ofInternational Ergonomics Association, Florence, Italy, August 2018.
  • Consulting, labeling and warnings. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October, 2018.

Courses Taught

  • Statistics and Research Design/Methods (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Cognition (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Cognition Laboratory (undergraduate)
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Sensation & Perception (undergraduate)
  • Perception Laboratory (undergraduate)
  • Human Factors of Safety (graduate)
  • Human Factors in Design (graduate)
  • Advanced Human Factors (graduate)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (graduate)
  • Human-Internet Interaction (graduate)
  • Usability (graduate)
  • Warnings and Risk Communication (graduate)
  • Human Error (graduate)
  • Transportation Human Factors (graduate)
  • Forensic Human Factors (graduate)
  • Independent & Directed Research (undergraduate & graduate)
  • Honors Psychology (undergraduate)

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Various Technical Groups (TGs) including:

  • Product Design TG
  • Communications TG
  • Computer Systems TG
  • Environmental Design TG
  • Forensic Professional Group TG
  • Individual Differences TG
  • Medical Systems TG
  • Safety TG
  • Test & Evaluation TG
  • Perceptual Performance TG
  • American Society of Safety Engineers