Christina Frederick

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

Office Hours

Monday 12-4pm, Tuesday 12-3pm, Wednesday 9-2pm

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Frederick areas of expertise include applied motivation, self-determination theory, and sport psychology.

Dr. Frederick is currently a Professor in the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Dr. Frederick received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Rochester with a major in Psychological Development.  In 2000, Dr. Frederick joined the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle, where her work focused on motivation and human factors issues in applied domains.  Dr. Frederick‚Äôs current research interests examine how individual differences interact with technology and games to understand performance. As well, she is engaged in research to understand how relatedness within and between individuals occurs in virtual environments.  Dr. Frederick is the Director of the Game-based Education and Advanced Research Studies (GEARS) Lab at Embry-Riddle and is the author of over 50 journal articles and 60 presentations. 

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological Development, University of Rochester
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Education, University of Rochester

  • PSY 365: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 395E: Sport Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Sport Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Abnormal Psychology

Human Sexuality

Developmental Psychology

Memory and Cognition

HF Master's Capstone

Human, Social and Organizational Factors in Emerging Technologies

Dr. Frederick received her doctorate in 1991 from the University of Rochester. During that time she was an active member of the Motivation Research Group, focusing on motivation issues related to health and sport domains. While at Rochester, Dr. Frederick was involved in training, development and consulting for the University Computing Center where she held a senior analyst position. Dr. Frederick also held an appointment in the Psychology Department where she taught Sport Psychology and supervised undergraduate research. In 1993, Dr. Frederick began teaching in the Psychology Department at Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, UT. At Utah, Dr. Frederick taught a variety of courses including: General Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Applied Research, Personality Theories and Sport Psychology. Dr. Frederick continued her motivation research focusing in areas related to sport motivation, coaching motivation and eating disorders. She spent a year as faculty senate president and sat on statewide curriculum and faculty governance committees. Dr. Frederick continued her professional development at the University of Central Florida -- Daytona Beach campus where she taught from 1998-2000 in the Psychology Department. At UCF, Dr. Frederick was active in the Faculty Senate and Psychology Advisory Committees. In 2000, Dr. Frederick joined the Human Factors faculty at Embry-Riddle.  From 2004-2012, she served in various positions within University Administration, including Interim Provost, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Sr. Executive Vice President for Academics and Research. Dr. Frederick has more than 20 years experience in university administration, research and teaching. She is a member of a number of national and regional psychological associations. Professionally, Dr. Frederick has been a reviewer for research journals including: The Journal of Sport Behavior, North American Journal of Psychology and Perceptual and Motor Skills. She is currently a National Psi Chi Consultant and has had past experience as a reader for the Advanced Placement Test in Psychology. Dr. Frederick is a tenured full professor in the Department of Human Factors where she serves teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in several areas of psychology.

Diversity Trainer

Permanent Certification to Teach at FL Community Colleges

Institute for Educational Management Participant, Harvard University, 2009


Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Society for Psychologists in Management

Southeastern Psychological Association

2016, 2018 Finalist, Faculty Service Award

2014 Professor of the Year, ERAU Human Factors Department

2010 Boeing Corporation Supplier of the Year

            2010 United Way Runner-up Education Volunteer of the Year

2007 ERAU Vision Award Winner

            2006 Named Education Trendsetter by Florida Trend Magazine

            2005 Inducted into ODK Honor Society

            2004 Finalist, Embry-Riddle Outstanding Teacher Award