Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Robert L Helmreich


Professor EmeritusPh.D., Yale University

Robert L Helmreich

Interests


Achievement motivation, masculinity and femininity, psychological stress, group behavior, self-esteem, and life history

Biography


Robert Helmreich is professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1966. He is principal investigator of the University of Texas Human Factors Research Project. This group studies individual and team performance, human error, and the influence of culture on behavior in aviation and medicine. Helmreich received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from Yale University. He is a member of the Space Life Sciences Committee for NASA’s University Space Research Association. He was editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and a member of the Committee on Human Factors and the Committee on Space Biology and Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Helmreich received the Flight Safety Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 1994 for his contributions to aviation safety through the study and development of team training techniques (Crew Resource Management) for flight crews. He was also awarded Laurels from Aviation Week and Space Technology in 1994 and 2002 for his research related to human factors in aviation. He received the David S. Sheridan Award from Albany Medical College in 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Psychological Association. He received the distinguished service award of the Flight Safety Foundation and the
Human Factors award of Airbus Industsrie in 2004. He is the 2005 recipient of the Public Service Award of the American Association of Anesthesia Nurses and of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Pro Bene Meritis Award.

He has written more than two hundred papers, chapters, and scientific reports. He is the author (with Ashleigh Merritt) of the 1998 book, Culture at Work in Aviation and Medicine: National, Organizational, and Professional Influences and co-author of Group Interaction in High Risk Environments. Research support has come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of Naval Research. Current research is supported by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Daimler-Benz Foundation.

Human Factors Research Project

Courses


PSY 394V • Hmn Fac/Thrt/Err Mgmt Avtn/Med

42852 • Fall 2004
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM SEA 4.110G

Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 388K • Conference On Special Topics

40075 • Spring 2001

Readings, conferences, and other work on individually selected topics. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in psychology. Students must sign up in the Department of Psychology Graduate Office before enrolling in some sections; these are identified in the Course Schedule.

PSY 359 • Select Tpcs: Reading: Tutorial

39420 • Spring 2000

Supervised reading in selected topics of significance; area of intensive study is chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor. Individual instruction. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. May not be counted toward a major in psychology. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and consent of instructor.

PSY 388K • Conference On Special Topics

39485 • Spring 2000

Readings, conferences, and other work on individually selected topics. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in psychology. Students must sign up in the Department of Psychology Graduate Office before enrolling in some sections; these are identified in the Course Schedule.

PSY 390 • Research

39495 • Spring 2000

Individual research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in psychology. Students may sign up in the Department of Psychology Graduate Office prior to registering.

Books


Culture at Work in Aviation and Medicine: National, Organizational and Professional Influences

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