Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
  • M.A., Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 1996
Academic Appointments
  • Lecturer, Drexel University, 2013-Ongoing
  • Lecturer, Arizona State University, 2020-Ongoing
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, 2008-2011
Professional Honors
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant (2004-2007, as Principal Investigator)
  • DHS Research Grant (as Co-PI), "Wide Area Surveillance and Suicide Bomber Detection"
  • DHS Research Grant (as Co-PI), Center of Excellence for the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)
  • U.S. DOT DTRT5714R20001 (as team member), "Operations Research and Analysis (ORA) Services"
Professional Affiliations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Vision Sciences Society

Dr. Rauschenberger is a cognitive psychologist with over 25 years of research on the topics of the conspicuity of visually presented information, distraction, human factors in product design, and user experience. He currently oversees a team of experienced Master's and Ph.D.-level user researchers, who operate in Exponent's state-of-the-art six-lab Centers for Scientific User Research (CSUR).

Dr. Rauschenberger routinely develops, and evaluates the adequacy of, warnings, instructions, and other disclosures. Dr. Rauschenberger has performed usability testing, user research, user interface design, workflow studies, contextual inquiries, focus groups, and human factors evaluations, and he has instrumented tracking of eye gaze in a variety of product domains. He applies the findings from his work to reduce the risks in the interaction of humans with products in their environment, most notably, recently, with respect to virtual reality (VR) products.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Rauschenberger was a Principal at Siemens Corporate Research, where he managed the research in user experience across the breadth of the Siemens product portfolio for the North American market (healthcare, consumer, online, automotive, industrial) and supported the product development lifecycle for a variety of products, from ideation to interaction design to validation. Dr. Rauschenberger has served as program chair of the Healthcare Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for two successive years, after which time he continued to serve as co-chair. He held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University from 2008 through 2011. Prior to his time at Siemens, Dr. Rauschenberger was an Associate at Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar at MIT, and a Research Social Scientist at The University of Arizona; he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant; and he was the co-investigator on a multi-year Department of Homeland Security contract to facilitate the interdiction of person-borne improvised explosive devices. He has served on the editorial board of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, and has formerly served on the Grant Selection Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, in addition to having reviewed grant applications for the National Science Foundation and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium.