Genevieve Nauhaus
Genevieve M. Nauhaus, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Human Factors & Industrial Engineering
  • Houston

Using her specialized knowledge of human sensory, motor, and cognitive processes, Dr. Nauhaus focuses on human factors and human performance issues in everyday and accident situations. Her work evaluates issues related to visual and auditory perception, lighting and illumination, balance and movement control, reaction time, attention and distraction, memory, and decision-making. Dr. Nauhaus’s expertise is applicable across such scenarios as trips, slips, and falls; transportation (e.g., vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian interactions); occupational incidents; warnings and instructions; children’s safety and behavior; sports, fitness, and recreational activities; eyewitness perception and memory; and use and misuse of consumer and industrial products.

Through her consulting practice and research, Dr. Nauhaus has experience collecting physical measurements of light and sound to assess visibility, audibility, and exposure in real-world settings. She has studied the factors affecting perception and reaction in transportation accidents, and has tested and evaluated consumer and industrial products, labeling, and manuals. Her work has analyzed behavioral patterns, error, and decision-making in accidents and frequently incorporates critical review of the published scientific literature. As well, Dr. Nauhaus has training and experience using a variety of analysis methods, including human subjects testing, eye-tracking analyses, and observational, survey questionnaire, and focus group methods. She has used image-processing techniques to evaluate visibility, conspicuity, and discriminability, as well as large-scale data sources to quantify accident and injury risk.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Nauhaus completed a B.A. in psychology, with honors, from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in psychology, with specialization in cognitive neuroscience, at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research during that time used behavioral, brain imaging, and mathematical techniques to study human perception of contrast, color, and lighting, the effects of experience on perceptual capabilities, and optimal experimental design in neuroscience experiments. Her graduate work was supported by awards from the University of California, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2007
  • M.A., Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 2002
  • Hobson Dissertation Year Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003–2006

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Wake Forest University, 2002

Publications

Kim R, Crump C, Harley E, Nauhaus G, Yigit-Elliott S. Store-related injuries to children and adults. Proceedings, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2015; 59:1457–1461.

Kim R, Nauhaus G, Glazek K, Young D, Lin S. Development of coincident-anticipation timing in a catching task. Perceptual & Motor Skills: Physical Development & Measurement 2013; 117(1).

Cades DM, Young D, Glazek, K, Nauhaus, G, Alper S. Motorcoach seat belt use rates in the United States. Proceedings, 2nd Annual World Conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering, pp. 283–288, ISBN: 97819384960-1-1, Las Vegas, NV, November 5–7, 2013.

Heckman GM, Kim RS, Lin S, Rauschenberger R, Young DE, Lange R. Drivers’ visual behavior during backing tasks: Factors affecting the use of rearview camera displays. Proceedings, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2012; 56:2236–2240.

Krauss DA, Todd JJ, Heckman GM. The “critical window,” looming and implications for accident avoidance. ITE Journal 2012; 82(7).

Kim R, Rauschenberger R, Heckman G, Young D, Lange R. Efficacy and usage patterns for three types of rear-view camera displays during backing up. SAE 2012-01-0287, 2012.

Todd J, Sala J, Heckman G, Krauss D. Validation of high dynamic range photography as a tool to accurately represent low-illumination scenes. SAE 2012-01-0078, 2012.

Young D, Heckman G, Kim R. Human factors in sudden acceleration incidents. Proceedings, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2011; 55:1938–1942.

Heckman GM, Kim RS, Khan FS, Bare C, Yamaguchi GT. Auditory localization of backup alarms: The effects of alarm mounting location. SAE 2011-01-0086, 2011.

Heckman GM, Harley EM, Scher IS, Young DE. Helmet use in sledding: Do users comply with manufacturer warnings? Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010; 54:733–737.

Heckman GM, Jackson GW, Keefer RE, Ray R, Harley EM, Young DE. Mechanisms of automatic transmission console shift selection and driver egress. SAE 2009-01-0094, 2009. Paper judged to be among the most outstanding SAE Technical Papers of 2009 and thus further published in the SAE International Journal of Engines 2009; 2:9–15.

Harley EM, Trachtman D, Heckman GM, Young DE. Driver gear-shifting behaviors and errors. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2008; 52:1898–1902.

Heckman GM, Bouvier SE, Carr VA, Harley EM, Cardinal KS, Engel SA. Nonlinearities in rapid event-related fMRI explained by stimulus scaling. Neuroimage 2007; 34:651–660.

Heckman GM, Muday JA, Schirillo JA. Chromatic shadow compatibility and cone-excitation ratios. Journal of the Optical Society of America A 2005; 22:401–415.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Nauhaus GM. Risk assessment and human factors in product design. Invited talk given at the IPSLP Product Safety & Liability Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2013.

Heckman G, Rauschenberger R, Kim R, Young D, Lange R. A comparative evaluation of rearview camera display locations: Collision avoidance outcomes and use patterns. Invited talk given at the Society of Automotive Engineers Government/Industry Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2012.

Heckman GM. Slips, trips and falls: Investigation, evaluation and prevention. Invited talk given at the ORC Networks Western Occupational Safety & Health Meeting, Monterey, CA, March 2011.

Heckman GM. Mechanisms of learning in a color detection task. Invited talk given at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Colloquim Series, San Francisco, CA, November 2006.

Heckman GM, Engel SA. Perceptual learning of contrast detection is color selective. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2006.

Harley EM, Bouvier SE, Heckman GM, Engel SA. Figure-ground effects in V1 measured with functional MRI. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2006.

Heckman GM, Cardinal KS, Harley EM, Bouvier SE, Carr VA, Engel SA. Characterizing contrast response functions measured with rapid event-related fMRI. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2005.

Cardinal KS, Harley EM, Heckman GM, Bouvier SE, Carr VA, Engel SA. Comparison of contrast response functions measured with rapid and spaced event-related fMRI. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, October 2004.

Heckman GM, Engel SA. Spatial frequency modulates color selectivity of adaptation to contrast patterns. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2003.

Schirillo JA, Heckman GM, Barra T. A chromatic test of shadow compatibility and equal cone excitation ratios. Poster session presented at the annual meeting for the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2003.

*Publications as Heckman GM


Academic Appointments

Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology, 2013

Professional Affiliations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Vision Sciences Society

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2007
  • M.A., Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 2002
  • Hobson Dissertation Year Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003–2006

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Wake Forest University, 2002