Who are we?

Lab Director, Dr. Mustapha Mouloua

Moustapha Mouloua

Email: Mustapha.Mouloua@ucf.edu

Professor Mouloua received his Maitrise (Post Graduate Diploma) in Industrial Psychology from the University of Algiers and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied/Experimental Psychology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He was a research fellow from 1992 to 1994 at the Cognitive Science Laboratory of The Catholic University of America and became an assistant professor of psychology at UCF in 1994. His research interests include attention and human performance, cognitive aging, automation, and aviation psychology.

Lab Manager, James Ferraro

Email: jcferraro@knights.ucf.edu

James is a third year student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program at UCF. He received his B.S. in Psychology in 2015 from Southern Connecticut State University where his research focused on predicting deficits in executive functioning. His current research interests are in aviation human factors, specifically pilot multi-tasking/distraction and the remote operation unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Some of his research projects involve the evaluation of UAS operator training methods, examining performance/workload association, and studying the impact of trust on human performance and human-machine interaction. James’ research has been presented at multiple local, regional, and international conferences (details can be made available upon request). Born and raised in Connecticut, he spends much of his free time outdoors, typically on a golf course.

Doctoral Students

Lab Manager, John Duany M.A

John started his first-year in the HFC Ph.D. program at University of Central Florida in fall 2018. In 2013, he earned his B.S. in Psychology from UCF where he performed an Honors in the Major thesis that applied fNIR and heart rate variability as correlates of increased mental workload. He earned his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from University of West Florida. For his master’s thesis, John taught Mindfulness and concentration-based meditation to older adults then analyzed their driving performance using a driving simulator. His current research interests are ground and air transportation human factors, psychophysiology of spaceflight, and cognitive neuroscience; particularly in relation to task performance and visual attention. John’s current research projects include analyzing aggressive drivers with and without ADHD and their differences in visual attention. John grew up in Orlando, where he enjoys teaching and participating in mindfulness meditations around the community, wakeboarding on the Butler chain of lakes, and going on outdoor adventures.



Jennifer Ludvigsen, M.S.

Timothy Frischmann, M.S.

Undergraduate Students

Research in TRG would simply be impossible without the help of our undergraduate research assistants (RAs). Their profiles can be viewed here.

Lab Alumni

Sally Stader, Ph.D.

Audrey Fok, Ph.D.

Jennifer Louie, Ph.D.