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William J. Horrey, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Traffic Research Group


Dr. William J. Horrey joined the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in August 2017 as the traffic research group leader. An experienced human factors professional, Dr. Horrey has led or contributed to many research projects in the areas of driver behavior and safety, human-automation interaction, attention and risk perception. He is the current chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Vehicle User Characteristics Committee and the chair of the Publications Division of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is also an associate editor of the Human Factors Journal and has served on many national and international committees and working groups. He received his Ph.D. in engineering psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Applied Ergonomics

Distraction and task engagement: how interesting and boring information impact driving performance and subjective and physiological responses


Safety Science

Automated driving: Safety blind spots


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

High risk of near-crash driving events following night-shift work


Accident Analysis & Prevention

Calibration of skill and judgment in driving: Development of a conceptual framework and the implications for road safety


Ergonomics in Design

Assessing the effects of in-vehicle tasks on driving performance