Past Graduate Students


Dr. Kristin Schaefer


Kristin Schaefer was a Doctoral Candidate in the Modeling and Simulation program at the University of Central Florida.  She obtained her B.A. in the field of psychology with a minor in sociology from Susquehanna University, PA.  She also holds a M.S.


Jurate Liutvinskaite, M.S.

Jurate Liutvinskaite brings a broad and diverse academic, professional and cultural background. Her fascination with human nature and sciences, paved the way for her passion in psychology. Jurate first started studying about human sciences in depth at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania 14 years ago.


Joe Mercado, Ph.D

LT Joseph Mercado commissioned as a Naval Officer 06 January 2015 in Orlando, FL. He joins the Aerospace Experimental Psychology (AEP) community after working as civilian researcher for the Army since 2010. He has worked at the United States Military Academy, Army Research Institute, and Army Research Laboratory.


Tracy Sanders, Ph.D.

Tracy Sanders comes from an extensive background in fine art and graphic design, and continues to be interested especially in the role of aesthetic qualities in human factors research. She received her B.S. in Psychology in 2011, with a minor in Studio Art at the University of Central Florida.


Ben D. Sawyer Ph.D.

Ben D. Sawyer became interested in Psychology while traveling, and returned to The States to pursue a BS in Psychology at Colorado State University. There, he was involved cognitive research using driving simulators and google based VEs to investigate the underpinnings of distraction, situational awareness and deja vu.


Julia Wright, B.S.

Julia Wright comes to Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology after a career in mechanical design engineering that included work in heavy industrial installations, appliance and automotive industries. During her time designing finish parts and assemblies for the appliance and automotive industries, she consistently strove to incorporate features into products that made them more user-friendly and intuitive for all consumer interactions from manufacture and assembly through to end-user.


Dr. Katherine Del Giudice

PhD, Human Factors and Ergonomics, University of Central Florida
B.S., Psychology, Clemson University 2000 – 2004