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Vaughn-Cooke, Monifa

Monifa Vaughn-Cooke
Assistant Professor
0151E Glenn L. Martin Hall
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301.405.9857

Research Interests 

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

Background 

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)

 


Professional Memberships 

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

 

Selected Publications 

2011

Vaughn-Cooke., M., Kremer, G.K. “Empirical Pilot Study Variable Selection Using Value Tree Analysis,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, May 2011.

2010

Vaughn-Cooke, M., Nembhard, H.B., and Ulbrecht, J. “Reformulating Human Reliability in Healthcare,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Cancun, Mexico, May 2010.

2009

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.
 

 

Related News 

Vaughn-Cooke speaks at virtual reality event on Capitol Hill
Panelists discussed a need for government support and emphasized VR's potential for applications beyond gaming. August 4, 2016

ISR welcomes five new affiliate faculty
Joining ISR: Ken Wood, Bill Fagan, Daniel Butts, Monifa Vaughn-Cooke, Ilya Ryzhov. July 5, 2016

Engineering systems for mental health work by Espy-Wilson, Resnik, Vaughn-Cooke featured in Newsweek
Research on quantifiable indicators could result in mental health tracking app. November 13, 2014