Kenneth W. Gish, PhD

Kenneth W. Gish is a Senior Associate with TransAnalytics. Previously, he worked as a Senior Human Factors Psychologist with The Scientex Corporation, from 1993-2001, and as a Research Psychologist at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania from 1987-1993. He has also taught courses and seminars in various topic areas related to Experimental Psychology on an adjunct basis at Philadelphia-area colleges. Dr. Gish serves as Principal Investigator in studies of driver behavior that rely heavily on in-vehicle instrumentation, and is responsible for programming and software development on the computer-based research products developed by our company.

Most notably, Dr. Gish has provided technical leadership on our signature research applications. These include PC-based interactive programs to measure the key functional abilities that underlie safe driving, which are now in use in scores of driving rehabilitation and other clinical settings, plus driver medical review programs in multiple States. In addition, he led the development of a consumer version of this software for AAA, Roadwise Review. Related work includes the programming of a training tool to sharpen drivers’ visual search and scanning skills, under the sponsorship of a leading research foundation.

Dr. Gish also provides technical support across a wide range of projects for the company. He developed an on-board driver performance monitoring system used in the AAAFTS (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety) study, “The Causes and Consequences of Distraction in Everyday Driving.” He was responsible for the experimental design and laboratory and field data collection activities used in the NHTSA evaluation research, “Driver Behavior and Performance Using an Infrared Night Vision Enhancement System.” He developed and applied software to mine data from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) in support of the “Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Retention and Safety” project for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). And, he has performed multivariate statistical analyses supporting driver performance measurement and/or risk assessment (crash prediction) for many projects, including the landmark NHTSA study, “Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program.”

Dr. Gish received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1988. His publications include numerous studies addressing visibility and human factors issues in highway safety.

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