Department Chair and Associate Professor Safety Science
Behavioral and Safety Science Department
Prescott College of Arts & Sciences
Prescott campus

Areas of Expertise

RESEARCH FOCI:

  • Aviation psychology & safety
  • Behavioral and attitudinal markers of organizational safety
  • Statistical modeling and data integration for organizational effectiveness
  • Survey design; training and assessment

AREAS OF METHODOLOGICAL EXPERTISE:

  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative designs and analyses, including multivariate modeling
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Survey design and analysis
  • SPSS and LISREL statistical analysis software

Dr. Erin Bowen is Chair of the Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, AZ. She is also Director of the Robertson Safety Institute, a professional training and consulting organization linking industry and academia.


An appointed member of the Aviation Security & Emergency Management committee of the Transportation Research Board (part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine), Dr. Bowen is an academic leader and scholar with an interdisciplinary focus on the intersection of psychology and aviation. Her areas of expertise include aviation psychology and safety, human performance, and multivariate data analysis. She has collaborated with commercial air carriers, major aircraft manufacturers, and international collegiate aviation programs on training assessment, data analysis, and safety culture.


Dr. Bowen's expertise has been relied on by numerous national and international news outlets, including Good Morning America, live in-studio on NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN’s Tonight with Don Lemon, BBC Radio, CBC, Bloomberg, USA Today, an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program, Rudy Maxa's World with Christopher Elliott, a feature article in Flying Magazine, and many others. She also serves by invitation as an external media expert for The Boeing Company.


Her research foci and ability to conduct complex data analyses have led to Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI efforts on submitted research funding proposals in excess of two million dollars. She has been co-PI on successful proposal awards totaling over 1 million dollars, plus additional travel and equipment awards valued at over $300,000. She has been part of faculty teams on both the PEGASAS and SOAR Centers of Excellence, multi-institution research Centers funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, with potential total awards in excess of 5 million dollars.


Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Bowen served on the faculty at Purdue University. While at Purdue, Dr. Bowen co-founded the Applied Human Factors Research Laboratory and A3IR-CORE Research Center, bringing research and analytic expertise from psychology, aviation, and other industries to improve the human component of high-consequence industries. She also previously held positions as Assistant Director and research faculty for the National Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University and as a training coordinator and consultant for industry.


As Department Chair, Dr. Bowen redesigned the curriculum of the B.S. in Safety Science to create a B.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and Safety. She also developed the curriculum and implementation for a new B.S. degree program in Forensic Psychology, utilizing expertise across the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Security & Intelligence at ERAU. She has overseen program review and specialized accreditation processes for multiple curricula.


Dr. Bowen serves as associate editor of the Journal of Aviation Technology & Engineering, and is a member of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology; Association for Aviation Psychology; the American Psychological Association; the Association for Psychological Science; APA Div. 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology; APA Div. 5: Evaluation, Measurement & Statistics; and American Mensa, Ltd.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial - Organizational Psychology; Graduate Minor: Research Methodology, Saint Louis University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Saint Louis University

  • MSF 600: Quantitative Methods
  • SF 475: Senior Project
  • MSF 691: Graduate Capstone Course
  • PSY 470: Forensic Psychology Capstone I

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

  • Bowen, E. E. & Roggow, B. J. (2017). Longitudinal safety climate analysis: Modeling for enhanced organizational response. Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Dayton, OH.

  • Holt, T., Groh, T., Groh, D., Luedtke, J., Bowen, B., Bowen, E., & Boettcher, A. (2017, June). A missing link? Assessing the connection between student research skills and capstone performance. Proceedings of the Undergraduate Research Program Directors Conference 2017 – Undergraduate Research Collaborations meeting. Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Sabin, E. J. & Bowen, E. E. (2017, May). Organizational psychology can help medicine learn from aviation to improve safety. 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. Boston, MA.

  • Bowen, B., Bowen, E., Headley, D., Fink, M., & Kuhn, M. (2017, January). Airline Quality and the Consumer Perception. Proceedings of the 20th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference (AABSS), Las Vegas, NV.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2016). Understanding human error: Psychology, aviation, and the public. Proceedings of the 20th Air Transport Research Society World Conference. Rhodes, Greece.

  • Bowen, E. E. & Sabin, E. J. (2016). This is your captain speaking: I/O’s role in aviation safety. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology 31st annual conference - Master Tutorial session. Anaheim, CA.

  • Alsumiri, W., Bowen, E. E., & Waldock, W. (2015). Human factors issues in UAV accidents: Considerations in UAS development. The 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Dayton, OH.

  • Bowen, B. D.; Bowen, E. E.; Clary, C. M.; Bennett, M. M.; & Megha, K. M. (2015). Utilizing macro data to create a micro experience: Personalizing the air passenger selection process. The 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Dayton, OH.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2015, October). Human error: Psychology, aviation, and public (mis)perceptions in recent accidents. Invited keynote presentation to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Communicators Workshop, Miami, FL.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2015, February). The growth of discipline-specific undergraduate programs in Psychology: The future of behavioral/social sciences? American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences annual conference. Las Vegas, NV.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2015, February). Current issues in commercial air travel: The passenger perspective. Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

  • Megha, K. M. & Bowen, E. E. (2015, January). Electronic checklist implementation: Transition training and GA usage. 2nd Annual Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference. Phoenix, AZ.

  • Navarrete, E., Bowen, E. E. & Gallimore, J. (2015, January). Developing educational and professional training synergies in aviation-related academic programs. 2nd Annual Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference. Phoenix, AZ.

  • Harbeck, T., Kirschner, J., Wulle, B. & Bowen, E. (2014). Evaluating flight instructor perceptions of light sport aircraft. Collegiate Aviation Review, 32(1), 33-45.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2013). Predicting impact of maintenance resource management training utilizing individual difference variables. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research, 22(3), 9-17.

  • Vorvoreanu, M., Bowen, E., & Laux, D. (2012). Microblogging in the large lecture classroom: Facilitating participation for students with high communication apprehension. Computers in Education Journal, 3(4), 90-99.

  • Springer, M. L. & Bowen, E. E. (2011). Assessing programmatic design and quality for a professional high-technology graduate education program: A conceptual framework. Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, 1(1), 28-34.

  • Ropp, T., Whittinghill, D., Bowen, E., Hansen, R. and Holmes, J. (2011). Work in progress: Incorporating pervasive computing concepts into an aircraft maintenance job task card system. American Society for Engineering Education annual conference and exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Bowen, E. E, Sabin, E. J., & Patankar, M. S. (2011). Aviation maintenance human factors in a systems context: Implications for training. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 11(1), 13-26.

  • Bowen, E. E. & Bigda-Peyton, T. (2011). Critical issues facing high-consequence industries: Outcomes of the fourth annual Safety Across High-Consequence Industries conference. International Journal of Safety Across High-Consequence Industries, 1, 6-21.

  • Sandall, D., Walton, A., Bowen, E., & Henderson, J. (2011). In D. Sandall (Chair), Occupational informational network (O*Net) detailed work activities: Deficiencies in the framework? Annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

  • Strutz, M. L., Ohland, M., Bowen, E. E., & Mann, E. (2010). Identifying engineering interest and potential in middle school students: Constructing and validating an instrument. American Society for Engineering Education 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY.

  • Block, E. E., Ropp, T., & Speca, T. (2010, March). Implementing digital technologies and network systems into aircraft maintenance. Invited presentation at 1st Aviation Information Technology in Engineering and Maintenance Conference, New Orleans, LA.

  • Block, E. E., Sabin, E. J., & Patankar, M. S. (2007). The structure of safety climate for accident free flight crews. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 7, 46-59.

  • Block, E. E. (2006). Developing evaluation methodologies for the retreat setting: A case study. Journal of College and Character, 7. 19 pps.

  • Grawitch, M. J., Block, E. E., & Ratner, J. F. (2005). How do evaluations of positive and negative experiences influence the intensity of affect in workgroups? Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 9, 261-274.

Recent Media Appearances:

  • Discovery Channel Canada – “Daily Planet” (filmed 2017, August 16). Feature segment on UAS applications in aviation accident investigation and safety training. Airing date tbd.
  • Good Morning America (March 31, 2016): http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/video-shows-egyptair-passenger-posing-alleged-hijacker-38050203
  • Live Interview from Washington DC, Meet the Press (March 29, 2015): http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/meet-the-press/is-the-germanwings-tragedy-a-mental-health-failure--419747395894
  • Feature Article, Flying Magazine: http://www.flyingmag.com/careers/studies-aviation-psychology-open-doors-diverse-range-careers
  • Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-30/how-to-put-better-pilot-screening-in-place
  • CNN ‘The Lead’ with Jake Tapper: http://cnn_com.proxy.qordobadev.com/videos/tv/2015/03/30/lead-intv-bowen-germanwings-co-pilot-suicidal.cnn/video/playlists/germanwings-co-pilot-andreas-lubitz/
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (March 30, 2015)
  • BBC News (March 2015)
  • CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) ‘As It Happens’ (March 28, 2015).
  • Interview, USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/26/germanwings-mental-health-screenings-pilots/70479010/
  • Interview, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/17/what-the-crash-in-ukraine-means-for-malaysia-airlines/
  • Interview, International Business Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/commercial-airline-pilots-may-face-stricter-psych-evaluations-wake-germanwings-flight-1860810


RECENT FUNDING AWARDS:

  • Foley, T. J., Bowen, E. E., Gazica, M., Parker, R., Slewa, M., Shannon, B., Brady, M. & Rafo, K. (2017). Multi-disciplinary evaluation of school security technologies. Award from U.S. Dept of Justice, Nat’l Institute of Justice - Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. $769,800

  • Ison, D., McMullen, S., Henderson, T., Preznica, R., Bowen, E., & Young, J. (2017). Predictive UAS Emergency Management Sensor Detection Analysis & Application. Award from Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology (FIRST) Program at ERAU. $15,000.

  • Stolzer, A., et al. (2016). AERIS Center (University consortium on aviation human performance and technical training). Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence. www.aeriscenter.org Role: Co-Investigator.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2016, June). Understanding human error: Psychology, aviation, and the public. Travel grant award from ERAU Office of the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. $1,400.

  • Gallimore, J.; Bowen, E.; & Perry, J. (2015, January). Flying better, faster, cheaper: An interactive approach to understanding the drivers of successful, efficient pilot training. Award from ERAU Office of the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. $12,500.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2015, January). Continuation: Russ Meyer library project phase I: Data collection and keyword-tagging project. Award from Citation Jet Pilots Association. $28,200.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2014, September). Russ Meyer library project phase I: Data collection and keyword-tagging project. Award from Citation Jet Pilots Association. $15,000.

  • Bowen, E. E. (2014, June). Dyadic analysis using multilevel modeling: Statistics workshop. Travel award from ERAU Office of the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. $1,000.

  • Suckow, M. W., Lu, C-t, Nolan, M., Bowen, E. E., Ropp, T., Leib, S. (2013, April). Nanshan project phase I: An assessment of global engagement in China. Travel and equipment award from Shandong Nanshan Aluminum Co, Ltd. $304,000.

  • Wulle, B. & Bowen, E. (2012, December). Able Flight: Expanding horizons in technology industries for individuals with disabilities. Award from Purdue College of Technology. $20,000.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

· American Psychological Association

· APA Division 21: Applied Experimental & Engineering Psychology

· APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics

· Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

· Association for Psychological Science

· Association for Aviation Psychology

· U.S. Civil Air Patrol, Aerospace Education Member

· American Mensa, Ltd.


  • Scholarly Speaking Award. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. March 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Good to Great Award. College of Technology, Purdue University.
  • Boeing Recognition Program Award. For contributions to joint multi-million dollar program proposal to nation of Qatar.
  • Purdue University Award for Excellence in Distance Learning. Purdue University, Office of the Provost.
  • Nick J. Colarelli Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Saint Louis University