Performance Research Laboratory (PeRL)


Graduate Alumni


Victoria Claypoole, Ph.D.

Dr. Claypoole was recently awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship through the CRFP ( She is currently stationed at the AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing, Human Trust and Interaction Branch (711HPW/RHXS) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base under the direction of Dr. J. Christopher Brill.

Victoria received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2013 and a M.S. in Modeling and Simulation in 2015 from the University of Central Florida. She received a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology in 2018 from the University of Central Florida under the direction of Dr. James Szalma. –Updated June 2018

Nick Fraulini, Ph.D.

Dr. Fraulini is currently employed by StraCon Services Group, LLC as a Senior Research Psychologist in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2017, where his research interests included training for vigilance, signal detection theory, mental workload, and stress. He also received a Master of Science degree in Modeling and Simulation from UCF in 2015. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Villanova University in 2011. -Updated September 2018.

Alexis Neigel, Ph.D.

Dr. Lexi Neigel is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to this position, Lexi completed a postdoc at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors from the University of Central Florida in 2017 and her M.S. in Modeling and Simulation in 2015. She graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 2012 in three years with honors in psychology and cum laude. Her current research interests include applying theories of attention, decision-making, and motivation to human factors settings, especially military operations.-Updated September 2018

Gaby Hancock, Ph.D.

Gaby Hancock

Gaby Hancock received her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental & Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida’s Performance Research Laboratory in 2017. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. As the Director of the Stress & Technology Applied Research (STAR) Laboratory, Dr. Hancock’s research focuses on human performance under stress and workload, psychophysiological assessment of cognitive and affective states, individual differences, and human-technology interaction. -Updated September 2018

Grant Taylor, Ph.D.

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Grant Taylor received his Ph.D. in Applied Experimental/Human Factors from the University of Central Florida in May 2012. His interests include task and person factors that influence human-automation interaction, as well as the application of physiological and neurological methods to augment cognition. He is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the ACTIVE Lab at the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF.

Grace Teo, Ph.D.

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Grace graduated with an honors degree in psychology and worked in the civil service and a military research institute in Singapore. Her work in the civil service involved the application of psychometrics both in the selection and assessment of personnel, as well as in the design and conducting of research in organizational development. At the research institute, her work with the Singapore Armed Forces required her skills in the conceptualization of study design, data management and analyzes, as well as presenting research findings. Grace is currently a doctoral student in the Applied and Experimental Human Factors Psychology program at the University of Central Florida and does research on human performance and stress. She joined the ACTIVE lab in 2012 and is involved in decision making research. She defended her dissertation this October.


Undergraduate Alumni