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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.


William C. Thompson, Ph.D., Task Group Chair, University of California Irvine (representing OSAC's Speaker Recognition Subcommittee)

Hal R. Arkes, Ph.D., Task Group Vice Chair, Ohio State University (representing OSAC's Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis SAC, Geological Materials Subcommittee, Materials (Trace) Subcommittee, and Seized Drugs Subcommittee)


Thomas Albright, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (representing OSAC's Facial Identification Subcommittee)

Thomas Busey, Indiana University, Bloomington (representing OSAC's Footwear & Tire Subcommittee)

Andrew Cohen, University of Massachusetts (representing OSAC's Fire Debris & Explosives and Gunshot Residue Subcommittees)

Nadja Compo, Florida International University (representing OSAC's Biology/DNA SAC, Biological Data Interpretation & Reporting, Biological Methods, and Wildlife Forensics Subcommittees)

Deborah Davis, University of Nevada, Reno (representing OSAC's Dogs & Sensors and Odontology Subcommittees)

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

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

Jeff Kukucka, Towson University (representative on OSAC's Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee)

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

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

Michael Piper, Target (representing OSAC's VITAL Subcommittee)

Dan Simon, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, and Department of Psychology (representing OSAC's Fire & Explosion Investigation Subcommittee)

Pate Skene, Duke University (representing OSAC's Toxicology Subcommittee)

Barbara Spellman, University of Virginia (representing OSAC's Crime Scene Investigation Subcommittee)

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The FSSB has provided the opportunity for OSAC task groups to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Task group position statements or responses to data collections by the task group represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

Annotated Bibliography on Secondary Trauma


Created July 9, 2014, Updated May 15, 2020