Neil Charness

William G. Chase Professor of Psychology, Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity and Associate Director of the University Transportation Center (Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) at Florida State University

Neil CharnessNeil Charness is William G. Chase Professor of Psychology, Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity and Associate Director of the University Transportation Center (Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) at Florida State University.  He received his BA from McGill University (1969) and MSc and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1971, 1974) in Psychology.  Neil’s current research focuses on human factors approaches to age and technology use, interventions to promote improved cognition, and aging driver and pedestrian safety.  He has held grants related to aging and cognition, expert performance, and human factors from the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Retirement Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. He has published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, proceedings papers, and technical reports, and also co-authored books on Designing Telehealth for an Aging Population: A Human Factors Perspective, Designing for older adults: Principles and creative human factors approaches (3rd Edition), and co-edited The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Health and Safety Issues for Older Workers and as a consultant to several other NASEM committees dealing with age and technology.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America. He received the Jack A. Kraft Innovator award (with CREATE colleagues) from the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (2013); the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology from Division 21 of APA (2016); the M. Powell Lawton award for Distinguished Contribution to Applied Gerontology from Division 20 of APA (2016), the APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research with CREATE colleagues (2016), was honored as a Grandmaster of the International Society for Gerontechnology (2018), and received APA’s Committee on Aging award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging (2018).  The CREATE book, Designing for Older Adults (3rd Edition) received the Richard Kalish Award for Innovative publication from the Gerontological Society of America.