Barbara S Chaparro

Professor of Human Factors
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

401.14 COAS (by appointment)

Areas of Expertise

Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Usability Testing, User Interface Design, Mobile Computing, Eye Tracking & Usability



I have over 25 years of experience in applied Human-Computer Interaction in both industry and academia. Currently, I lead the Research in User eXperience (RUX) Lab. I previously served as a Professor and Coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Doctoral Program at Wichita State University (WSU) and directed the Software Usability Research Laboratory (SURL), an academic research & consulting lab.  My research interests include the study of user experience (UX) of a variety of products and systems, usability assessment methods, and mobile computing.  I have worked on many contracts from Fortune-100 companies to research the user experience and usability of a wide range of technology and consumer products. 

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Texas Tech University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Richmond

HF 310 Human-Computer Interaction

HF 400 Human Factors IV: System Design

HFS 612 Human Factors Methods

HFS 635 Human-Computer Interaction


Director, Software Usability Research Lab, Wichita State University (1998 - 2017)

Professor & Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Wichita State University (Human Factors Program) 


Chair, Accreditation of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society                

Member, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society                                            

ACM SigCHI                                                                                                                   

Usability Professionals Association                                                                 

American Psychological Society                                                                                                                                            


2016 Excellence in Research University Award, WSU

2015 WSU Ventures Ambassador Award, Innovation Celebration

2014 John R. Barrier Distinguished Teaching Award in Humanities and Social Sciences

2014 WSU Competitive Innovation Accelerator Shock Tank Award (with Dr. Jibo He)

2013 Appointed Chair of Accreditation, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

2012 Phenomenal Woman Award, WSU

2012 President’s Distinguished Service Award, WSU

2012 – 2017; Coleman Fellow of Entrepreneurship, WSU