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About Haydee M. Cuevas

Haydee M. Cuevas is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aviation School of Graduate Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL.  Prior to joining ERAU, she worked for over 7 years as a Research Scientist at SA Technologies, Inc.  She has a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology, both from the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Cuevas has over 20 years of experience as a human factors researcher investigating a broad range of human performance issues in complex operational environments and has worked on numerous projects, with external funding (as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator), totaling over $3 million, from organizations in the Department of Defense (Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Office of the Secretary of Defense), government (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, National Science Foundation), and industry (power transmission and distribution, oil pipeline operations, emergency medical teams).  Her research experience and interests fall under the following three general categories:
·       Situation Awareness: Identify, assess, and train the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that promote situation awareness, at both the individual and team level, in complex domains (e.g., aviation, military command-and-control).
·       Human-Automation Interaction: Investigate how advanced automation technology (e.g., intelligent agents, decision support systems, semi-autonomous robots) influences the cognitive, behavioral, and attitudinal processes of distributed teams performing in complex operational environments (e.g., examine KSAs indicative of successful UAS operator performance; evaluate effect of NextGen automation technologies on the situation awareness of flight crew and air traffic controllers; optimize crew autonomy in long duration spaceflight operations).
·       Technology-Mediated Cognitive Skills Training and Assessment: Investigate the use of interactive, computer-based training technology to support the acquisition, development, and transfer of knowledge related to critical linkages in domain knowledge for complex task training environments (e.g., aviation, distributed decision making); develop automated, computer-based performance assessment systems to validly and reliably evaluate training outcomes.
Dr. Cuevas is first author or co-author on 94 refereed publications (19 journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 63 conference proceedings) and 24 technical reports, and is lead presenter or co-presenter on 99 conference / workshop presentations (84 peer-reviewed and 15 invited).  She has held over 40 volunteer and elected appointments in professional organizations, including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, American Psychological Association – Division 21 Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology, and the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments.

Dr. Cuevas is the lead editor for Human Factors in Practice: Concepts and Applications.  She served as the Associate Editor / Administrative Liaison on two Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Special Issues: "Improving Human-Robot Interaction in Complex Operational Environments: Translating Theory into Practice" (2011) and "Exploring Cognitive Readiness in Complex Operational Environments: Advances in Theory and Practice" (2012-2013).  She has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for various journals, including: Cognitive Technology; Ergonomics; Human Factors; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part C: Applications and Reviews; Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments; Military Psychology; and Pragmatics & Cognition.


Present Assistant Professor of Doctoral Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Honors and Awards

  • Awards: 2015 HFES Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award


  • DAV 715: Human Factors in Aviation
  • DAV 721: Quan Research Methods in Aviation
  • DAV 736: User-Centered Design in Aviation


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Florida ‐ Applied Experimental & Human Factors Psychology

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