Dr. Sara J. Czaja Elected to the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

“It is an honor to serve on the council and provide my perspective on the connections among people, machines and their environments,” said Czaja, whose research has focused on developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. “There are many ways that well-designed technology can benefit older people in the U.S. and around the world.”

As a member of the board, Dr. Czaja will have fiduciary and leadership responsibilities over all HFES programs, services, and policy. She is taking part in the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting, held September 19-23 in Washington, D.C.

The society’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that can be applied to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. Founded in 1957, the society has 23 technical groups and numerous local and student chapters.

Czaja has done extensive work in aging, cognition, functional assessment, family caregiving and using technology to benefit older people. She holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Industrial Engineering, Neurology and Psychology. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute.

In addition, Czaja is Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on the interface between older adults and technology systems in work, health care and living settings.

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