Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980, Cognitive Psychology
M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977, Cognitive Psychology
B.A. Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1974, Psychology

Professional Positions

June 1997 - present: Owner and Principal Scientist,
Roth Cognitive Engineering

Research and development in areas of human factors and applied cognitive psychology (Cognitive Systems Engineering). Serves as consultant and subcontractor on projects involving cognitive analysis and cognitive engineering.

November 1997 – June 1998: Visiting Associate Research Professor
Department of Information Science and Telecommunications
University of Pittsburgh

Member of a research team investigating the application of intelligent software agents to support team performance in complex dynamic diagnostic and planning tasks.

Sept. 1992 - May 1997: Advisory Scientist/Human Sciences Program Manager
Westinghouse Science and Technology Center

Technical leader in a multi-disciplinary group that performs research and development in the areas of applied cognitive psychology, human factors, and human-computer interaction for Westinghouse divisions as well outside customers. (Advisory Scientist is the second highest level on technical ladder at Westinghouse. Appointment entails formal peer review as well as management approval.).

Dr Emilie M. Roth


Dr. Emilie M. Roth is a cognitive psychologist whose work has involved analysis of human problem-solving and decision-making in real-world environments (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies; railroad operations; operating rooms), and the impact of support systems (e.g., computerized procedures; alarm systems; advanced graphical displays; new forms of automation) on cognitive performance. She has conducted empirical studies of naturalistic decision-making; developed and applied cognitive task analysis and cognitive work analysis techniques for understanding the cognitive demands imposed by work environments; and developed principles for effective decision-support for individuals and teams. 

She is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Human Factors. She recently participated in the National Research Council Committee examining lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident for improving safety and security of U.S. nuclear plants. She is currently a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration at the National Academies.