AgeLab Welcomes New Researchers

AgeLab Welcomes New Researchers

Thu, 02/11/2016

The AgeLab is growing! Here are some of our newest researchers and associates:

  • Ben D. Sawyer is a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT AgeLab. Dr. Sawyer’s expertise in experimental psychology and industrial engineering is focused upon successes and failures of human attention, especially as they occur in surface transport. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Sawyer's present research interests address successes and failures of attention in human-machine systems. Exploring such cognition has led him to apply psychology, neuroscience and engineering in diverse contexts including surface transport, cybersecurity, dismounted combat, and human-robotic teaming.  His research has been covered by Forbes, Reuters, Fast Company, and The BBC, among others. Before coming to MIT, Dr. Sawyer was a two-time Repperger Scholar with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), where he worked with the 711th Human Performance Wing in both their Battlefield Acoustics and Applied Neuroscience divisions. Among other recognition, he has received the triennial K.U. Smith Award for best HF/E journal article, and the Intelligence Community Academic Excellence Scholarship. 
  • Carley Ward is a researcher at the MIT AgeLab. She primarily studies how aging and retirement are changing as life expectancy increases and older people engage in the sharing economy. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Equity and Diversity Certificate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her graduate school research focused on the social psychological foundations of education, applying psychological theories to learning, and involved action research partnerships with local public schools and out-of-school time networks. Now, at the AgeLab, her focus has shifted from students to older adults. Carley has contributed to studies examining caregiving, the future of retirement, and how sharing economy services can be used to help older adults age in place.
  • Elise Selinger is a Master in City Planning (MCP) student working with the MIT AgeLab. She studies innovation in the senior housing market identifying the key drivers that will promote production of senior housing across the income spectrum.
  • Marika Psyhojos is a Research Assistant at the MIT AgeLab and is a graduate student in the Technology and Policy Program. She is interested in health care and currently studying the relationship between health provider empathy and health outcomes.


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