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Human Factors Task Group

The FSSB’s Human Factors Task Group is primarily comprised of at least one member from each OSAC subcommittee to provide a human factors perspective for the subcommittee. Task group members are selected based on their experience in psychology, cognitive science or a related social science discipline, and knowledge of social science literature on human judgment, decision making, observer effects, communication and cognitive bias. The group is available for consulting with the FSSB and all OSAC committees on human factors related issues. Task group members work together to gather and submit their comments on standards, technical publications, definitions, and other OSAC and FSSB documents, with an emphasis on the human factors related to forensic science results.


Pate Skene, Task Group Chair, University of Colorado (member of OSAC's Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee)

Jeff Kukucka, Task Group Co-Vice Chair, Towson University (member of OSAC's Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee)

Adele Quigley-McBride, Task Group Co-Vice Chair, Duke Law, Wilson Center for Science and Justice (member of OSAC's Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee)


Mohammed Almazrouei, Yale University (affiliate member of OSAC's Crime Scene Investigation & Reconstruction Subcommittee)

Hal R. Arkes, Ph.D., Ohio State University (FSSB liaison to Human Factors Task Group) 

Rolando Carol, Auburn University at Montgomery (member of OSAC's Seized Drugs Subcommittee)

Jason Chin, University of Sydney (affiliate member of OSAC's Ignitable Liquids, Explosives & Gunshot Residue Subcommittee)

Andrew Cohen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (member of OSAC's Ignitable Liquids, Explosives, & Gunshot Residue Subcommittee)

Deborah Davis, University of Nevada, Reno (member of OSAC's Forensic Nursing Subcommittee 

Nathan Dieckmann, Oregon Health & Science University (member of OSAC's Forensic Odontology Subcommittee)

Bethany Growns, University of Exeter (OSAC affiliate)

Hilary Hamnett, University of Lincoln, UK (affiliate member of OSAC's Forensic Toxicology Subcommittee)


Human Factors Task Group Affiliates

Scott Highhouse, Bowling Green State University (member of OSAC's Seized Drugs Subcommittee)

John Hollway, University of Pennsylvania (member of OSAC's Digital Evidence Subcommittee)

Sharon Kelley, University of Virginia (member of OSAC's Friction Ridge Subcommittee)

Richard Lempert, University of Michigan (member of OSAC's Fire & Explosion Investigation Subcommittee)

Moa Liden, Department of Security & Crime Science, UCL, UK & Faculty of Law, Uppsala University (OSAC affiliate for Trace Materials Subcommittee)

Stephanie Madon, Iowa State University (member of OSAC's Firearms & Toolmarks Subcommittee)

Erin Morris, Los Angeles County Public Defender (member of OSAC's Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee)

Sherry Nakhaeizadeh, Crime and Forensic Science University College London (affiliate member of OSAC's Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee)


Niki Osborne, Human Factors Training and Consultancy, New Zealand (affiliate member of OSAC's Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Subcommittee)

Michael Piper, Target Corporation (member of OSAC's VITAL Subcommittee)

Joseph Russo, Cornell University (OSAC affiliate)

Kelly Sauerwein, National Institute of Standards and Technology (member of OSAC's Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee)

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (member of OSAC's Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee 

Barbara Spellman, University of Virginia (member of OSAC's Crime Scene Investigation & Reconstruction Subcommittee)

Alicia Wilcox, Thomas College (member of OSAC's Footwear & Tire Subcommittee and Terminology Task Group)

Miko Wilford, Iowa State University (member of OSAC's Wildlife Forensic Biology Subcommittee)

Cindy (Ya Yang) Xiong, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) (member of OSAC's Speaker Recognition Subcommittee)

Webinars & Presentations

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents are endorsed by OSAC. These documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Task group position statements or responses to data collections by the task group do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Created July 9, 2014, Updated August 24, 2023