Courtney Griffin-Oliver

Courtney Griffin-Oliver, Ph.D.

Scientist
Human Factors
Philadelphia

Dr. Griffin-Oliver is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in human visual perception, attention, decision-making, and action selection. At Exponent, she utilizes her experience and skillset to critically evaluate human behavior related to safety and hazard warnings, motor vehicle and pedestrian incidents, and slip, trips, and falls. In addition, Dr. Griffin-Oliver has over 9 years of experience in facilitating and conducting human subject research.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Griffin-Oliver was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. Her research work focused on stimulus-response compatibility in the saccadic eye movement system and its relation to response selection. Stimulus-response compatibility is a phenomenon in which some tasks are easier (or more difficult) than others depending on specific sets of stimuli and responses or the way the individual stimulus and responses are paired leading to differences in reaction time and accuracy when performing a given task. That is, some stimulus and response sets yield a “natural pairing” relative to others. Response selection is facilitated if the stimulus and response match, or are congruent than if they do not match, or are incongruent. For example, if presented with a left-located stimulus, a response utilizing a left effector (e.g. a hand) yields a faster reaction time than a left-located stimulus requiring a right effector response. Her work in this area highlights the relationship between display and control characteristics and evaluating the likelihood an individual will represent a given task situation and respond appropriately.

Dr. Griffin-Oliver also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Instructor at Purdue University for courses in Human Factors and Ergonomics, Introduction to Research Methods, Scaling & Measurement, and Animal Learning.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.S., Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2016
  • B.S., Cognitive Science, University of California, Merced, 2011

Publications

Presentations

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. & Proctor, R. (2018). Stimulus-Response Compatibility for Eye-movement and Joystick-movement Responses. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. (2018). Influence of Target-Box Onset on Spatial Compatibility Effects for Eye-Movement Responses. Presentation at the weekly meeting of Purdue University’s Psychological Sciences Cognitive Colloquium, West Lafayette, IN.

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. & Proctor, R. (2017). Influence of Target-Box Onset on Spatial Compatibility Effects for Eye-Movement Responses. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B.C.

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. & Proctor, R. (2016). Set-and-Element Level Compatibility in the Oculomotor System. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. (2016). Set-and-Element Level SRC for Different Response Sets (Reprised): Eye-Tracking Edition. Presentation at the weekly meeting of Purdue University’s Psychological Sciences Cognitive Colloquium, West Lafayette, IN.

Griffin-Oliver, C.J. (2013). Motion-Verb Action Planning. Presentation at the weekly meeting of Purdue University’s Psychological Sciences Cognitive Colloquium, West Lafayette, IN.

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2012-2018

Manager Human Performance & Eye Tracking Lab, Purdue University, 2015-2018

Academic Appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology & Animal Learning, Purdue University, 2017-2018

Instructor, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Purdue University, 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Scaling & Measurement, Purdue University, 2017

Instructor, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Purdue University, 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Human Factors in Engineering and Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Purdue University, 2012-2017

Professional Affiliations

American Pyshchological Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Additional Information

Research Grants

H.H. Remmer’s Memorial Award, 2018

H.H. Remmer’s Memorial Award, 2016

Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Research Grant, 2012-2013

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.S., Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2016
  • B.S., Cognitive Science, University of California, Merced, 2011