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Stephanie Guerlain

Position: Research Associate Professor
Office: Olsson 118B
Phone: 434-924-4438
Fax: 434-982-2972
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B.S. Engineering Psychology, Tufts University
M.S. and Ph.D, Industrial & Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University


Dr. Guerlain joined the faculty in 1999. She has published over 40 technical publications and holds 5 patents on various aspects of cognitive systems engineering and human factors, focusing on decision support systems, data visualization, product and software design, and training systems for medical, military and process control applications. Dr. Guerlain has prior work experience at MITRE, Apple Computer and Honeywell Research. She and her students have won 5 conference "best paper" awards and 1 journal "best paper" award.

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive systems engineering
  • Human-computer interaction and data visualization
  • Product and software design
  • Human-in-the-loop simulations and evaluations
  • Decision support systems
  • Usability

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Representative Publications:

  1. Hugine, A., Guerlain, S., & Turrentine, F. (2014). Visualizing surgical quality data with treemaps. Journal of Surgical Research 191(1):74–83. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.03.046.
  2. Colligan, R.L., Guerlain, S., Steck, S. and Hoke, T. (2012). Designing for distractions: a human factors approach to decreasing interruptions at a centralized medication station. BMJ Quality and Safety 21(11):939-47. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2011-000289; PMID: 22893697.
  3. Calland, J.F., Turrentine, F.E., Guerlain, S., Bovbjerg, V., Poole, G.R., Lebeau, K., Peugh, J. and Adams, R.B. (2011). The surgical safety checklist: Lessons learned during implementation. American Surgeon. 77(9), 1131-7.
  4. Bauer, D. and Guerlain, S. (2011). Improving the usability of intravenous medication labels to support safe medication delivery. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 41(4), 394-339. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2011.02.005.
  5. Guerlain, S., Wang, L. & Hugine, A. (2010). Intelliject’s novel epinephrine auto-injector: sharps injury prevention validation and comparable analysis with EpiPen and Twinject. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 105, 480-484.
  6. Bauer D.T., Guerlain S., Brown P.J. (2010). The design and evaluation of a graphical laboratory data display. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. doi:10.1136/jamia.2009.000505.
  7. Guerlain, S., Hugine, A., & Wang, L. (2010). A comparison of four epinephrine auto-injector delivery systems: Usability and patient preference. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 104(2), 172–177.
  8. Guerlain, S. Turrentine, F. Collins, S., Calland, J.F. and Adams, R. (2008). Crew resource management for surgeons: Feasibility and impact. Cognition, Technology and Work, 10(4), 255-264.
  9. De Carvalho, P.V., Gomes, J.O., Santos, I. L., & Guerlain, S. (2008). Human factors approach for evaluation and redesign of human-system interfaces of a nuclear power plant simulator. Displays 29 (3), 273-284.
  10. Guerlain, S. (2007). Software navigation design. In G. Allen (Ed.) Applied Spatial Cognition. From Research to Cognitive Technology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 317-337.
  11. Cummings, M. & Guerlain, S. (2007). Developing operator capacity estimates for supervisory control of autonomous vehicles. Human Factors 49(1), pp. 1-15.
  12. Cushing, J., Janssen, L.D., Allen, S. & Guerlain, S. (2006). Overview+Detail in a Tomahawk mission-to-platform assignment tool: Applying information visualization in support of an asset allocation planning task. Information Visualization 5, 1-14.
  13. Smoot, M., Bass, E., Guerlain, S. & Pearson, W. (2005). A system for visualizing and analyzing near-optimal protein sequence alignments. Information Visualization, 4(3), 224-237.
  14. Guerlain, S., Green, K., LaFollette, M., Mersch, T. Mitchell, B. Poole, G. R., Calland, J. F., Bovbjerg, V. and Chekan, E. (2004). Improving surgical pattern recognition through repetitive viewing of video clips. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans 34(6), 1-9.
  15. Calland, J.F., Guerlain, S., Adams, R, Tribble, C., Foley, E., & Chekan, E. (2002). A systems approach to surgical safety. Surgical Endoscopy, pp.1005-1014.
  16. Guerlain, S., Jamieson, G. A., Bullemer, P., & Blair, R. (2002). The MPC elucidator: a case study for Human-Automation Interaction. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans, 32(1), 25-40.
  17. Guerlain, S. (2001). Judging pace cross-country. Ergonomics in Design, 9(3), 13-18.
  18. Guerlain, S., Smith, P., Obradovich, J., Rudmann, S., Strohm, P., Smith, J., and Svirbely, J. & Sachs, L. (1999). Interactive critiquing as a form of decision support: an empirical evaluation. Human Factors, 41(1), 72-89. (winner of best paper award, 1999).

Other Activities:

  • Founder of the US-Brazil Cognitive Systems Engineering Student Exchange Program
  • Past Program Manager for the UVa Medical Informatics Training Grant
  • Past Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, Part A-Systems & Humans

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