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.

Customers have included: Aptima, Inc.; BBN Technologies; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Brookhaven National Laboratory; Charles River Analytics, Inc.; Harvard Risk Management Foundation; Idaho National Laboratory; Logicon; ManTech International Corporation; MacroSys Research and Technology; MedStar Health Research Institute; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; MIT Medical Department (Performance Improvement & Risk Management); Ohio State University Research Foundation; Resilient Cognitive Solutions; Secure Decisions, a division of Applied Visions, Inc.; Sandia National Laboratories, Volpe National Transportation Center; Westinghouse Electric Company;

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.).

Professional Service and Society Memberships

Editorial and Advisory Activities

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
  • Editorial Board, Human Factors
  • Member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration at the National Academies.
  • Member of the National Research Council Committee examining lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident for improving safety and security of U.S. nuclear plants (2012 – 2016)
  • Member of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology (in 2006).
  • Member on a Leaders Review Symposium providing guidance on an AHRQ-funded contract, “Implementing and Improving the Integration of Decision Support into Outpatient Clinical Workflow.” (2008)
  • Member of the National Academies’ (National Research Council’s) Panel on Soldier Systems. The panel annually visits the Army Research Laboratory’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate to assess the quality of that laboratory’s scientific and technical programs (2007 –2010)
  • Reviewer of the National Academies’ Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board annual ARL technical assessment report (2015).
  • Associate Editor, Human Factors (2013)
  • Editorial board member, Le Travail Humain (through 2011)

Dr Emilie M. Roth

February 2017

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., military command and control; intelligence analysis; nuclear power plant emergencies; railroad operations; surgery), 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. Dr. Roth has supported design of first of a kind systems including design and manning of the command center for a next-generation Navy ship; design of a next-generation nuclear power plant control room; and design of work-centered support systems for flight planning and monitoring for an Air Force organization.

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.