Dr. Quinn Kennedy

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Research Interests:

Individual difference factors that affect decision making and performance, such as expertise, cognitive ability and mental workload, attention allocation patterns, and risk perception. The interplay between expertise and age in aviation decision making and flight performance among middle-aged and older pilots.

Selected Publications:

Kennedy, Taylor, Noda, Yesavage, & Lazzeroni. (2015).  The STEP Model: Characterizing Simultaneous Time Effects on Practice for Flight Simulator Performance Among Middle-Aged and Older Pilots.  Psychology and Aging. 30(3), 699 – 711.

Nesbitt, P., Kennedy, Q., Alt, J, & Fricker, R. (2015).  Iowa Gambling task modified for military domain.  Military Psychology, 27(4), 252 – 260.

Kirby, C., Kennedy, Q., & Yang, J.  (2014).  Helicopter Pilot Scan Techniques During Low-Altitude, High-Speed Flight. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 85(7)740 -744.

Yang, J., Cowden, B.T., Kennedy, Q., Schramm, H., & Sullivan, J. (2013).  Pilot perception and confidence of location during a simulated helicopter navigation task.  Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, 84(9) 952-960. 

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J., Heraldez, D., Noda, A., Lazzeroni, L., & Yesavage, J.   (2013).  Intraindividual variability in basic reaction time predicts middle-aged and older pilots' flight simulator performance.  Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences, 68(4), 487 -494.

Yang, J., Kennedy, Q., Sullivan, J., & Fricker, R.  (2013).  Pilot Performance: Assessing How Scan Patterns & Navigational Assessments Vary by Flight Expertise. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 84(2) 116-124.

O'Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O'Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q.  (2011). Identifying and addressing the limitations of safety climate surveys.  Journal of Safety Research,42 259-265. 

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J. L, Noda, A., Adamson, M., Murphy, G. M., Zeitzer, J., & Yesavage, J.A. (2011). The roles of COMT val158met status and aviation expertise in flight simulator performance and cognitive ability. Behavior Genetics, 41(5), 700-708.

Sullivan, J., Yang, J.H., Day, M., & Kennedy, Q. (2011).  Training Simulation for Helicopter Navigation by Characterizing Visual Scan Pattern.  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 82, 871-878.

Yesavage, J.A., Jo, B., Adamson, M. M., Kennedy, Q., Noda, A., Hernandez, B., Zeitzer, J. M., Friedman, L., Murphy G. M. Jr, Taylor, J. L.  (2011). Cognitive processing speed predicts longitudinal aviator performance.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series B Psychological Sciences, 66(4)443-53.

Taylor, J. L, Kennedy, Q., Adamson, M., Lazzeroni, L., Noda, A., Murphy, G. M.,  Yesavage, J. A. (2011).  Influences of ApoE E-4 and expertise on performance of older pilots.  Psychology and Aging, 26(2) 480-487.

O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A., Kennedy, Q., & Buttrey, S. (2011). Measuring safety climate in aviation: A review and recommendations for the future.  Safety Science,49, 128-138.

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J. L., Reade, G., & Yesavage, J.  (2010). Age and expertise effects in aviation decision making and flight control in a flight simulator.  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 81, 489-497.

Adamson, M., Samarina, V., Xu, X., Huynh, V., Kennedy, Q., Weiner, M.,
Yesavage, J., & Taylor, J.  (2010).  The impact of brain size on pilot performance varies with aviation training and years of education.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(3), 412-415. 

Kennedy, Q., & Mather, M.  (2007).  Aging, affect, and decision making.  In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds), Do Emotions Help or Hurt Decision Making? A hedgefoxian perspective.(pp. 245-266)   New York: Sage.

Taylor, J. L., Kennedy, Q., Noda, A., & Yesavage. J. A. (2007). Pilot age and expertise predict flight simulator performance:  A three-year longitudinal study.  Neurology,68(9), 648-654.

Kennedy, Q., Mather, M., & Carstensen, L. L. (2004). The role of motivation in the age-related positive bias in autobiographical memory.  Psychological Science, 15(3), 208 – 214.

Conference Papers:

Kennedy,Q., Nesbitt, P., Alt, J., & Fricker, R.  (2015).  Cognitive Alignment with Performance Targeted Training Intervention Model: CAPTTIM.  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2015 International Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

Kennedy, Q., Nesbitt,P. & Alt. J.  (2014).  Assessment of cognitive components of decision making with military versions of the IGT and WCST.  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2014 International Annual Meeting, Chicago Illinois.

Kirby, C., Kennedy, Q., & Yang, J. (2013)  "An analysis of helicopter pilot scan techniques while flying at low altitudes and high speed."  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference.  Boston, MA.

McMullen, E., Grass, B., Yang, J., Kennedy, Q., & Sullivan. J.  (2013)  Effects of UAV supervisory control on F-18 formation flight performance in a simulator environment."  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference.  Boston, MA.

Yang, J., Kennedy, Q,, Sullivan, J, & Fricker, R. (2012) "Scan patterns on overland navigation in varying route difficulty: is total flight hours (TFH) a good measure of expertise?" Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 56th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Cowden, B., Yang, J., Kennedy, Q., & Sullivan, J. (2012) "Modeling of Helicopter Pilot Misperception during Overland Navigation." American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Yang, J., Cowden, B., Kennedy, Q., Schramm, H., & Sullivan, J. (2012) "Understanding cognitive processes of helicopter navigation by characterizing visual scan patterns." The 4th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
O'Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O'Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q (2011). "Identifying and addressing the limitations of safety climate surveys: Lessons for organisational researchers." Irish Academy of Management conference, Dublin.

O'Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O'Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q. (2011) "An Assessment of Safety Climate in U.S Naval Aviation." Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 55th Annual Meeting. Sept 19 -23, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Yang, J.H., Kennedy, Q., Sullivan, J., & Day, M. (2011) "Bayesian modeling of pilot belief and visual misperception in helicopter overland navigation."  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Systems, Man, and Cybermetrics Society Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska.

Technical Reports and Other Publications:

Nesbitt, P., Kennedy, Q., Alt, J., Yang, J., Fricker, R., Appleget, J., Huston, J., Patton, S., Whitaker, L. (2013).  Understanding Optimal Decision-making in Wargaming.  TRAC-Monterey Technical Report. TRAC-M-TR-13-063.

Kennedy, Q., Chung, T., & Sciarini, L.  (2013).  NPS labs leverage human factors experience with UAV advances.  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society AugCog Technical Group Newsletter, 6(1), 14 -15.

Buttrey, S., O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q. (2011). An assessment of the predictive validity of the Command Safety Assessment Survey (CSAS). CA: Naval Postgraduate School.

O'Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O'Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q.  (2011).  An assessment of the relationship between safety climate and mishap risk in U.S. Naval Aviation. CA: Naval Postgraduate School.

Buttrey, S., O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A., Kennedy, Q. (2010).  An evaluation of the construct validity of the Command Safety Assessment Survey.  Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School.

O'Dea, A., O'Connor, P., Kennedy, Q., & Buttrey, S. (2010). A review of the safety climate as it relates to Naval Aviation. Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School.

Selected Presentations:

Kennedy, Q. (2017). Using trainee's cognitive state to understand why suboptimal decision performance occurs. 8th Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 

Kennedy, Q., McDowell, P., Aleem, S., & Yoshida, R. (2017).  Using eyetracking to improve COVE-ITS feedback to shiphandling students.  8th Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 

Kennedy, Q., Carlson, T.,& Sciarini, L, (2016).  Preliminary validation of an adaptive tactical training model.  1st International Neuroergonomics Conference, Paris, France.  

Kennedy, Q., Nesbitt, P., Alt, J., & Fricker, R.  (2015).  Cognitive Alignment with Performance Targeted Training Intervention Model.  Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group meeting, Orlando FL.

Moten, C., Kennedy, Q., Alt, J. & Nesbitt, P.  (2015).  Wisconsin Card Sorting Task modified for the military domain.    83rd MORS Symposium, Alexandria, VA.

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J., Hernandez, B., Regis, N., Castile, K., Volz, J. & Yesavage, J. (2014).   Understanding why some aviators make risky decisions: The role of visual scan patterns.  28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.

Taylor, J., Kennedy, Q., Schuchard, R., & Yesavage, J.  (2014).  Impaired contrast sensitivity hinders pilots' landing decisions.  Cognitive Aging Conference 2014 , April, Atlanta, Georgia.

Yang, J. &  Kennedy, Q (2012).  The eyes:  Windows into the successful and unsuccessful strategies used during helicopter navigation and target detection.  MOVES Research & Education Systems Seminar, Monterey, CA.

Kennedy, Q., Sullivan, J., & Walsh, W.  (2012). Update on the Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Certificate Program.  MOVES Research & Education Systems Seminar, Monterey, CA.
Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J., Yesavage, J., Noda, A., Adamson, M., Murphy, G., & Zeitzer, J. (2011). Individual difference factors in challenging flight tasks.  Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Kennedy, Q., Yang, J. H, & Day, M.  (2011)  Utilization of Psychophysiological Measurements to Improve Training Simulation in Aviation Tasks.   MOVES 11th Annual Research and Education Summit,  Monterey, CA.

Kennedy, Q. (2011) Medical M&S Education.  MOVES 11th Annual Research and Education Summit,  Monterey, CA.

Yang, J.H., Kennedy, Q., Sullivan, J., & Day, M. (2011)  Understanding cognitive processes of helicopter navigation by characterizing visual scan patterns.  1st Conference on Pioneering Convergence Technologies, Jeju Island, Korea.

Taylor, J. Kennedy, Q., Adamson, M., Murphy, G., & Yesavage, J. (2008). Expert knowledge, APOE epsilon4, and risk for decline in aviation performance.  International Neurospyschological Society Annual Conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Taylor, J. L., Kennedy, Q., Noda, A., & Yesavage. J. A. (2006).  Age, expertise and longitudinal aviator performance:  Changes in domain-relevant performance versus change in general speed of processing.  Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Selected Posters:

Wagner, C., Liston, D., Kennedy, Q., Sciarini, L, & Adamson, M.  (2017)  Oculometric screening for traumatic brain injury in veterans.  Military Health System Research Symposium, Kissimmee, FL.

Kennedy, Adamson, Huston, & Nesbitt.  (2015). Can a Simple Wargame Provide an Unobtrusive Indicator of TBI? A Case Study.  Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO.

Kennedy, Taylor, Noda, Yesavage, & Lazzeroni. (2015). The STEP Model: Characterizing Simultaneous Time Effects on Practice for Flight Simulator Performance Among Middle-Aged and Older Pilots. Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO.

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J.L., Heraldez, D., Noda, A., & Yesavage, J.A. (2012).
Intraindividual variability in basic reaction time predicts middle-aged and older pilots' flight simulator performance. Presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Sullivan, J., Yang, J., Day, M. and Kennedy, Q. (2010) Understanding cognitive processes of helicopter navigation by characterizing visual scan patterns.  Presented at  Decade of the Mind VI, Singapore.

Kennedy, Q.,   Taylor, J. L.,   Noda, A., Murphy, G.  &  Yesavage, J. A.  (2010).  The roles of COMT status and aviation expertise in flight simulator performance.  Presented at The Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Taylor, J. L., Adamson, M. M., Samarina, V., Kennedy, Q., Yesavage, J. A., & Weiner, M. W.  (2009).  Larger hippocampi help expert pilots maintain performance in a flight simulator.   Presented at the International Neurospyschological Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J., Reade, G., & Yesavage, J.  (2008).  The roles of age and aviation expertise in approach performance under adverse weather conditions.  Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Adamson, M., Kennedy, Q., Duong, X., Xu, X., Noda, A., Samarina, V., Murphy, G.,; Weiner, M., & Taylor, J (2008). Predicting flight simulator performance with baseline brain volumes, expertise and age in older pilots at risk for Alzheimer's Disease. Presented at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Adamson, M., Hutchinson, B., Rappako, S., Samarina, V., Kennedy, Q., Rosen, A., Wagner, A. & Taylor, J. (2008). Neurocorrelates of perspective-dependent spatial memory in middle-aged and older pilots. Presented at the International Neurospyschological Society Annual Conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J., & Yesavage, J. (2007). The role of age and expertise in aviator risk perception. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Kennedy, Q., & Taylor, J. (2005). The effects of aging and expertise on change in flight simulator performance over time: preliminary results. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Media Coverage:

For the paper: Kennedy, Q., Taylor, J. L, Noda, A., Adamson, M., Murphy, G. M., Zeitzer, J., & Yesavage, J.A. (2011). The roles of COMT val158met status and aviation expertise in flight simulator performance and cognitive ability. Behavior Genetics, 41(5), 700-708.

Interviewed by journalist Ashley Merryman for:

For the paper: Taylor, J. L., Kennedy, Q., Noda, A., & Yesavage. J. A. (2007). Expertise sustains flight simulator performance of older adults: A three-year study. Neurology,68(9), 658-654.

For the paper: Kennedy, Q., Mather, M., & Carstensen, L. L. (2004). The role of motivation in the age-related positive bias in autobiographical memory. Psychological Science, 15(3), 208 – 214.

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