Frank Durso

Most of my current research would fall under the labels applied cognition or cognitive ergonomics: how cognition (e.g., knowledge, expertise, working memory, attention allocation, strategy selection) interacts with environmental components (e.g., technology, the representation of data, available automation, patient symptoms, presence of teammates) to affect the operator's performance, learning, transfer, workload, situation awareness, and strategic thinking.  Current projects are looking at errors in doffing preventative medical garb, detecting and identifying hospital acquired infections, and strategies in pediatric intensive care providers.  Student projects also include work on designing-for-compliance, predicting situation change, understanding dynamic environments. I will be leaving Georgia Tech soon and thus will no longer be taking students. 


Professor of Psychology
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Cognitive Ergonomics Lab
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Ph.D. (1980) Experimental Psychology/Cognitive State University of New York at Stony Brook

Selected Publications: 
  • Jacob, J. T., Herwaldt, L. A., & Durso, F. T. (2018). Preventing healthcare-associated infections through human factors engineering. Current Opinion in Infection Disease, 31, 353-358.
  • Fang, Y., Cho, K.Y., Durso, F., & Seo, J. (2018).  Assessment of operator’s situation awareness for smart operation of cranes, Automation in Construction, 85, 65-75.
  • Mumma, J., Durso, F.T., Dyes, M., dela Cruz, R., Fox, V., & Hoey, M. (in press). Bag valve mask ventilation as a perceptual-cognitive skill. Human Factors.
  • Mumma, J., Durso, F.T., Ferguson, A., Gipson, C., Casanova, L., Erukunuakpor, K., ... & Jacob, J. for the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (2018). Human factors risk analyses of a doffing protocol for Ebola-level personal protective equipment: Mapping errors to contamination. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 66, 950-958.
  • Durso, F. T., Boehm-Davis, D., & Lee, J. (2015).  A view of Human-Systems Integration from the academy.  In. D. Boehm-Davis, F. T. Durso, and J. Lee, Handbook of Human Systems IntegrationWashington, DC: APA Press, pp. 5-19.
  • Durso, F. T., Ferguson, S., Kazi, S., Cunningham, C., & Ryan, C. (2015).  Strategies used by nurses to manage threats in the PICU.  Applied Ergonomics47, 345-354.
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