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About the Founder


Dr. Kathleen Mosier is the Founder and Principal Scientist of TeamScape LLC, a Woman-Owned Small Business to conduct research on collaborative teams in aerospace operations. Dr. Mosier an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. She received her training in aerospace human factors at NASA Ames Research Center.  

Dr. Mosier has been conducting research on expert teams, automation, cognition, and decision making in aviation and space since 1990.  She and Dr. Ute Fischer at Georgia Institute of Technology are leading NASA-funded research to investigate the impact of autonomy on the space/ground team in space operations.  Their previous research on asynchronous communication in space operations produced a training module and set of medium-specific protocols for space-ground interactions when under conditions of communication time delay. 


An early focus of Dr. Mosier's research was on the impact of automation on flight crew coordination and decision-making. She and collaborator Dr. Linda Skitka coined the term automation bias to refer to errors made when crews use automation as a heuristic replacement for vigilant information search.  The term is now widely used in aviation literature.


Dr. Mosier is also an internationally recognized leader in the field of Human Factors/Ergonomics.  She is the President of the International Ergonomics Association, an international federation of 54 Human Factors/Ergonomics Societies across the globe ( She is a past President of the US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2009-2010) and of the Association for Aviation Psychology (1996-2000). She served on the Editorial Boards of Human Factors and International Journal of Aviation Psychology, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making.

Selected Publications and Presentations


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Mosier, K. L., & Manzey, D. (2020).  Humans and automated decision aids: A match made in heaven?  In M. Mouloua & P. Hancock (Eds.), Human performance in automated and autonomous systems:  Current theory and methods (pp. 19-41).  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.  PDF

Fischer, U., & Mosier, K. (2020).  Teamwork in spaceflight operations.  In P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, J. Gore, & E. Roth (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of expertise:  Research & application (pp. 830-849).  UK:  Oxford University Press. DOI:  10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198795872.013.36. PDF

Mosier, K. & Fischer, U. (2016, September).  From the lab to Mars: Protocol development for asynchronous communication in space operations.  Presentation at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. 

Mosier, K. L., & Fischer, U. (2016).  Supporting Communication and Space-Ground Collaboration during Long Duration Exploration Missions.  Presentation at SIOP 2016, Anaheim, CA.


Mosier, K., & Fischer, U. (2015).  Communication protocols to support collaboration in distributed teams under asynchronous conditions.  Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  Santa Monica, CA:  HFES.  PDF

Mosier, K. L., & Fischer, U. M. (2010). Judgment and decision making by individuals and teams:  Issues, models and applications.  In D. Harris (Ed.), Reviews of Human Factors, Volume 6 (pp. 198-256).  Santa Monica, CA:  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  

           Reprinted in D. Harris & W. Li (Eds., 2015).  Decision making in aviation (pp. 139-197).  Burlington, VT:  Ashgate.




Crew autonomy in space operations


University of California, Berkeley

PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Asynchronous communication in space operations

Naturalistic Decision Making

Automation and decision making


San Jose State University

M.A., Psychology


University of Detroit

M.A., English

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