Director, Center for Design in Health, College of Design
Kathleen Harder's general research interests involve investigating how various systems (environmental contexts) can be designed to enhance human performance. She is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a number of current and recent studies focusing on the design of safer transportation environments. Issues explored in her research include reducing crashes at controlled rural intersections, human factors issues in head-up display design, driver acceptance of delays at ramp meters, the value of travel-time information to drivers, psychological and roadway correlates of aggressive driving, the effects of sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption on driving performance, and the effects of roadway features such as rumble strips, centerline treatments, and traffic calming measures.
Harder was educated in Sweden, at Stockholm University, where she obtained an M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology, and in the USA at Dartmouth, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology.