Behavioral mechanisms associated with system risk propagation to inform the design of user-centric products and systems, with the ultimate goal of improving productivity and safety.
- Human reliability assessment
- Human factors
- Systems engineering
- Healthcare system and medical device design
- Design decision making
- Psychometric tool development
- Bio-behavioral risk assessment
- Decision support systems
Dr. Monifa D. Vaughn-Cooke joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department’s Design and Reliability of Systems Division. She received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2004. Her M.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, received in 2006 from the University of Southern California, focused on human factors and medical device design. She received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 focused on the application of human reliability tools to the healthcare system. Dr. Vaughn-Cooke’s interdisciplinary research synthesizes sociology, psychology, systems engineering and risk assessment. Her research aims to identify the behavioral mechanisms associated with system risk propagation to inform the design of user-centric products and systems, with the ultimate goal of improving productivity and safety.
Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
M.S. (Industrial and Systems Engineering), The University of Southern California, 2006
B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), The University of Southern California, 2004
Honors and Awards
Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Scholarship (2010)
Bunton Waller Graduate Award (2007)
GE First Year Faculty for the Future Fellowship (2007)
Journal reviewer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
Session chair for the 2010 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference
Member of the American Society for Quality
Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Student organizer for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting
Vaughn-Cooke., M., Kremer, G.K. “Empirical Pilot Study Variable Selection Using Value Tree Analysis,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, May 2011.
Vaughn-Cooke, M., Nembhard, H.B., and Ulbrecht, J. “Reformulating Human Reliability in Healthcare,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Cancun, Mexico, May 2010.
Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Development of an Integrated Model for Predicting Patient Compliance,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, Oct. 2009.
Rahimi, M., and Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Information Architecture for an Alzheimer’s Communication and Monitoring System.” Gerontechnology, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 42-55, Jan. 2009.