Valerie L. Shalin, Ph.D.

Professor and Human Factors Area Leader
Fawcett Hall 447, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Shalin specializes in human workplace expertise and communication, and associated empirical and analytic methods to support the design and evaluation of coordinated work and workplace technology in: space exploration, medicine and surgery, disaster response, and manual labor. She is an active member of the Knowledge enabled computing (KNOESIS) Center of Excellence at Wright State.

Education History

Dr. Shalin holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Learning, Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. Shalin teaches graduate cognition.  At the undergraduate level she teaches capstone courses in higher level cognition such as psycholinguistics and problem solving and reasoning.

Research Statement

Dr. Shalin has an active funded research program, with grants from NSF, NASA and military sponsors.


Dr. Shalin is the current Human Factors area leader.  She performs additional national service reviewing journal articles and grant applications.



1.     Lippa, K.D. & Shalin, V.L. (in press).  Creating a common trajectory:  Shared decision making and distributed cognition in medical consultations.  Patient Experience. 

2.     Lippa, K.D., Feufel, M.A., Robinson, F.E. & Shalin, V.L. (2016). Navigating the decision Space:  Shared medical decision making as distributed cognition. Qualitative Health Research, 1-14 DOI: 1177/1049732316665346

3.    Purohit, H., Banerjee, T., Hampton, A., Shalin, V.L., Bhandutia, N. & Sheth, A. (2016). Gender-based violence in 140 characters or fewer: A #BigData case study of Twitter, First Monday, Volume 21, Number 1 - 4 January 2016 doi:


(see CV for other publications)


2016 Human Factors Prize Recognizing Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research

Summer 2012 & 2013, Fall 2013-Spring 2014 , Fall 2015, Invited Researcher/Professor, INRIA, France. 

2004 NASA Headquarters award ”Turning Goals into Reality” to NASA Ames for tools provided to JPL for the Mars Exploration Rover.

2003 Ames Honor Award to Code I for Technology Infusion, recognizing NASA Ames Human Centered Computing Team Support for Mars Exploration Rover.

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