Nichole Morris



Nichole Morris is the director of the HumanFIRST Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a research scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies, and an adjunct professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Morris's research focuses on human-computer interactions with technology related to various aspects of transportation. Her research interests include multi-sensory perception, aging, judgment and decision making, usability, and human factors. Her research has examined behavioral adaptations to connected vehicles technology; usability and design of crash report interfaces; the mental processes that prohibit perfect time-sharing of driving and secondary tasks; non-destructive inspection techniques of aircrafts; the usability of smartphone applications with specific regard to distraction; and the usability of voice-recognition, keypad, and handwritten input software suites.

Dr. Morris received a Ph.D. in psychology (human factors) from Wichita State University in 2011. She also holds an M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Wichita State University.

Since joining the HumanFIRST Laboratory, Dr. Morris has participated in several key research efforts, including:

  • Connected Vehicles technologies
  • Lane-Departure Warning System
  • Teen Driver Support Systems
  • Traveler Information (511) Smartphone Applications
  • Usability and Design of a Crash Report Form for Law Enforcement
  • Automated Speed Enforcement

Selected Publications

Peterson, C., Douma, F., & Morris, N.L. Addressing Key Concerns Regarding Automated Speed Enforcement via Interactive Survey. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2660. In press.

Morris, N., Achtemeier, J., Ton, A., Plummer, J. P., Sykes, J. (2016). Computerized crash reports usability and design investigation. Center for Transportation Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota. CTS 16-06. 154 pages.

Achtemeier, J., & Morris, N. (2016). An assessment of safety culture while navigating work zones: Attitudes and behavior toward in-vehicle messaging technologies. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 1499-1503). SAGE Publications.

Schlicht, E. J., & Morris, N. L. (2016). Estimating the risk associated with candidate transportation technology through multifidelity simulation. Manuscript in progress.

Creaser, J.I., Swanson, B., & Morris, NL (2015). The role of parent feedback and vehicle status on supervised driving in the Minnesota Teen Driver Study. Driving Assessment, In 8th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design.

Creaser, J.I., Edwards, C.J., Morris, N.L., & Donath, M. (2015). Are cellular phone blocking applications effective for novice teen drivers? Journal of Safety Research, 54, e29-78.

Morris, N, Ton, A., Cooper, J., & Edwards, C. (2014, March). A next generation nondistracting in-vehicle 511 traveler information service. Final report, St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Edwards, C., Morris, N. L., & Manser, M. (2013). A pilot study on mitigating run-off-road crashes. Center for Transportation Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota. CTS 13-23. 48 pages.

Morris, N. L., Chaparro, A., Downs, D., & Wood, J. M. (2012). Effects of simulated cataracts on speech intelligibility. Vision Research, 66(1), 49-54.

Morris, N., Phillips, C., Thibault, K., & Chaparro, A. (2008). Sources of Secondary Task. Interference with Driving: Executive Processes or Verbal and Visuo-spatial Rehearsal Processes? Paper and poster presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference, New York, NY. (Surface Transportation Technical Group Best Student Paper Award).