Div. 21 President

Current President: Anne McLaughlin

Anne McLaughlin, PhD, is an associate professor in the psychology department at North Carolina State University. She is the area coordinator for the Human Factors and Applied Cognition PhD program in that department. McLaughlin received her BA in psychology and English literature from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in 1998. She received her MS (2003) and PhD (2007) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of Wendy A. Rogers, PhD

McLaughlin is the director of the Learning, Aging, and Cognitive Ergonomics Lab and co-director of the Gains Through Gaming Lab with Jason Allaire, PhD The overarching theme in her research is the examination of individual differences in learning and change in cognitive functioning.  Guided by this theme, her program of research is characterized by the following concentrations in (a) examining the effects of feedback on learning, (b) cognitive training for older adults, (c) design of cognitive aids and (d) design for minimizing the impact age-related cognitive declines. She follows the scientist-practitioner model, contributing to basic knowledge of cognitive processes and change as well as informing specific domains of application, such as game design, use of cognitive aids and interface design.

Her most applied contribution to the field of human factors is a book co-authored with Richard Pak, PhD, “ Display Design for Older Adults .”  The audiences for this publication are designers and practitioners and the contents include a primer of age-related change, prescribe best practices for testing designs with older adults and provide specific design examples with various systems. She also co-authors The Human Factors Blog , rated as the most well-known blog in the field by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society with over 20,000 visitors each year.