Florian Jentsch, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and at the Institute for Simulation & Training (IST).  He is the current chair of the Department of Psychology.  Dr. Jentsch holds a Ph.D. (1997) in Human Factors Psychology, in addition to graduate degrees in Aeronautical Science and Aeronautical Engineering.  Dr. Jentsch has been directing UCF’s Team Performance Laboratory since 2001, where he studies teams, training, and human-technology interaction. His research has been supported by over $8 million (his individual credit) in contracts and grants from the FAA, NSF, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Dr. Jentsch has recently been PI or co-PI on projects related to human-robot interaction and teaming for the U.S. Army and on pilot training and performance for the FAA.  He has published several books and co-authored over 250 articles, conference proceedings, and presentations. Dr. Jentsch has regularly taught the doctoral research methods courses for all three doctoral programs in the Department of Psychology, and he has been chair of 20 completed doctoral dissertations, and was Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sciences before assuming his current role as department chair.


  • Bell, B. B., Deaton, J., Fowlkes, J. E., Bowers, C. A., Jentsch, F. G., & Bell, M. A. (2007). Enhancing team training and performance with automated performance assessment tools. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 17(4), 317-331.
  • Bowers C. A., Salas E., & Jentsch, F. (Eds.). (2006). Creating high-tech teams Practical guidance on work performance and technology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Curtis, M. T., Harper-Sciarini, M., DiazGranados, D., Salas, E., & Jentsch, F. (2007). Utilizing multiplayer games for team training: Some guidelines. In H. F. OÕNeil & R. S. Perez (Eds.), Computer games and team and individual learning (pp. 145-165). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Fiore, S. M., Rosen, M., Salas, E., Burke, S., & Jentsch, F. (2008). Processes in complex team problem solving: Parsing and defining the theoretical problem space. To appear in M. Letsky, N. Warner, S. M. Fiore, & C. Smith (Eds.), Macrocognition in teams. London: Ashgate.
  • Howard, M. L., Fiore, S. M., & Jentsch, F. (2006). “Honey, did you remember to do your homework?”: Understanding everyday memory failures in children and their parents. Cognitive Technology, 11, 36-45.