Katie Lucaites

Katie Lucaites, Ph.D.

Scientist
Human Factors
District of Columbia
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Dr. Lucaites is a Human Factors Scientist with expertise in perception-action coordination, visual perception, and ergonomics. Her research seeks to understand the ways in which humans perceive and act upon affordances in their environment. Through multidisciplinary research endeavors, she has utilized virtual reality, eye-tracking, and motion-tracking to reveal complex and dynamical behavior patterns. She has extensive experience with human subjects research design, data collection, and advanced data analyses. Since joining Exponent, she has applied her expertise to driver distraction, advanced driver assistance systems, automated vehicles, and roadway crashes.

Dr. Lucaites received a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Psychology from Clemson University. Her doctoral research studied how humans modulate their use of visual information for steering when an external object (e.g., hand-held tool, vehicle) produces a system that is asymmetrical to the body. While in graduate school, Dr. Lucaites served as an instructor for various undergraduate courses. Through multiple internships, she conducted quantitative and qualitative user research to test and develop automotive technologies and medical devices.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Human Factors Psychology, Clemson University, 2021
  • M.S., Applied Psychology, Clemson University, 2018
  • B.A., Psychology, Oberlin College, 2016

Publications

Bhargava, A., Venkatakrishnan, Ros., Venkatakrishnan, Roh., Solini, H., Lucaites, K., Robb, A.C., Pagano, C.C., Baby, S.V. (in press). Did I hit the door? Effects of self-avatars and calibration in a person-plus-virtual-object system on perceived frontal passability in VR. Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Lucaites, K., Venkatakrishnan, Ros., Venkatakrishnan, Roh., Bhargava, A., Pagano, C. (2020). Predictability and variability of a dynamic environment impact affordance judgments. Ecological Psychology, 32(2-3): 95-114.

Bhargava, A., Lucaites, K., Hartman, L.S., Solini, H., Bertrand, J.W., Robb, A.C., Pagano, C.C., Babu, S.V. (2020). Revisiting affordance perception in contemporary virtual reality. Virtual Reality, 24: 713-724.

Lucaites, K., Venkatakrishnan, Ros., Bhargava, A., Venkatakrishnan, Roh., Pagano, C.C. (2020). Predicting aperture crossing behavior from within-trial metrics of motor control reliability. Human Movement Sciences, 74: 1-11.

Lucaites, K., Venkatakrishnan, Roh., Venkatakrishnan, Ros., Bhargava, A., & Pagano, C. (2019). Perceptions of passability through dynamically moving gaps. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 63(1).

Lucaites, K., Venkatakrishnan, Ros., Bhargava, A., Venkatakrishnan, Roh., & Pagano, C. (2019). Nonlinear analyses measure characteristics of motor control used during action-scaling. In van Dijk, L. & Withagen, R. (Eds.). Studies in Perception and Action XV. Proceedings from the Twentieth International Conference on Perception and Action. (pp. 23 – 26). New York: Taylor & Francis Group.

Lucaites, K. & Pagano, C. (2018). Affordance perception in users of assistive walking devices. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62(1): 1744-1748.

Presentations

Lucaites, K., Bhargava, A., Venkatakrishnan, R., Venkatakrishnan, R., & Pagano, C. (2019). “Linear and Non-linear Determinants of Action-Scaled Affordances.” Poster presented at the International Conference on Perception and Action, Groningen, Netherlands.

Lucaites, K., Solini, H., & Pagano, C. (2019). “The Relationship Between Lateral Sway Variability and Determinism During Walking.” Poster presented at the International Conference on Perception and Action, Groningen, Netherlands.

Day, B., Lucaites, K., Pagano, C. (2018). “Explorations of the Global Energy Array.” Poster presented at the North America Meeting of the International Society for Ecological Psychology, Normal, IL.

Lucaites, K. & Pagano, C. (2018). “In Search of a Dynamics-based Predictor of Action Capabilities.” Poster presented at the Southeastern Human Factors and Applied Research Conference, Clemson, SC.

Prior Experience

Human Factors Research & Design Intern, Emergo by UL, 2020

Ergonomics Analyst, Clemson University Facilities and Recycling Services, 2019

Research Intern, Verizon Connect, 2019

User Experience Researcher, Clemson University Facilities and Recycling Services, 2018-2019

User Experience Research Intern, Verizon Connect, 2018

Professional Affiliations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

International Society for Ecological Psychology

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Ecological Psychology

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Human Factors Psychology, Clemson University, 2021
  • M.S., Applied Psychology, Clemson University, 2018
  • B.A., Psychology, Oberlin College, 2016