John W. Senders


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JOHN W. SENDERS, A.B. (Exp. Psych.) Harvard College (1948); Ph.D. (Quant. Psych.) Tilburg (1983). He has taught and researched Human Factors Engineering and Psychology for more than 50 years and has published numerous papers and reports on both topics. He proposed and ran what may have been the first electronic journal in 1976. He became interested in the study of human error in 1978 and has spoken and written diversely on that topic. In 1980 he organized the first of a continuing series of conferences (The Clambake Conferences) on the Nature and Source of Human Error. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Quality and Safety in Health Care. In 2001 he received the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices with the citation: “Recognizing actions that have set a standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors.” As Principal Scientific Consultant of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Pennsylvania, and as founding member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices-Canada, he is continually involved in the analysis of medical misadventures . He is currently Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall School of Law of York University (2002) and Professor-at-Large of the University of Vermont. He also held appointments as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Psychology at the University of Maine, and Professor of Safety Science at the Medical School of University of Miami He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Psychological Science, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Charter Member of the Psychonomic Society. He was also Associate Fellow of the Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Fellow of the American Rocket Society.

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Bogner, Marilyn Sue, Rudov, Melvin H., Klatzky, Roberta, Ostrom, Lee T., Hyman, William A., Senders, John W. (1993): Human Factors and Medical Care: Issues and Examples. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37th Annual Meeting , 1993, .

Senders, John W. (1992): On the Remedies for Medical Error. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting , 1992, .

Chambers, Randall M., Hendrick, Hal W., Koonce, Jefferson M., Modrick, John A., Schopper, Aaron W., Senders, John W. (1990): Critical Issues and Developments in Graduate Training and Continuing Education in Human Fa. In: D., Woods,, E., Roth, (eds.) Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 34th Annual Meeting , 1990, Santa Monica, USA. pp. 520-521.

Senders, John W. (1984): Design Criteria for the Electronic Journal. In: Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 84 - 1st IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction September 4-7, 1984, London, UK. pp. 971-973.

Duchowski, Andrew T., Vertegaal, Roel, Senders, John W. (eds.) ETRA 2002 - Proceedings of the Eye Tracking Research and Application Symposium March 25-27, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.