Karina Mesarosova

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Undergraduate Studies
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Aviation Psychologist
  • Human Factors
  • Ab-initio selection process
  • Fatigue risk management
  • Crew resource management


Consultant Aviation Psychologist specializing in Human Factors (HF) application in the diverse, globalized and multi-cultural environment. I have actively worked with several major clients such as: Qatar Airways Type Rating Training Organization and Qatar Airways Cadet Pilot Selection Management, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Ab-initio selection process design and implementation, Sawiris Foundation Egypt and new start-up airlines.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Traffic Engineering and Technology, University of Zilina
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Health Ergonomics, University of Derby
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, University of Derby

  • ASCI 634: Aviation/Aerospace Psychology

Publications 

Sieglingc, A. B., Plouffed, R. A., Saklofsked, D. H., Smith, M. M., Tremblayd, P. F., Mesarosova, K. (n.d) Psychometric properties of the Revised NEO PI-R Personality Inventory in a European sample of civil airline pilots. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. (Accepted)

Mesarosova, K. (2016) Empowering your Employees to a better Fatigue Management in High Risk Industry. Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Air Transport (INAIR 2016) Vienna, Austria 

Mesarosova, K. (2015) Challenge of Professional Pilot Selection; Personality Profiling of Pilots as a mandatory requirement. Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Air Transport (INAIR 2015), Slovakia.

Mesarosova, K. (2014) From Human Error to Complexity: Transferability of Western Based approaches. Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Air Transport (INAIR 2014) Prague, Czech Republic.

Mesarosova, K. (2013) Design of an Ab-initio Pilot Selection Process with Reduced Cultural and Language Bias. Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Air Transport (INAIR 2012) Bratislava, Slovakia.

Mesarosova, K. (2012) Flight time Limitation Scheme Protection for Civil Aviation Pilots a comparison in Short Haul and Medium Haul Flight Operation. Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Air Transport (INAIR 2012) Zilina, Slovakia.

Book Chapter

Mesarosova, K. (2018) Personality in Pilot Selection and Training – Is there a right stuff? in, 'Personality in Aviation' eds. Robert Bor et al. (Elsevier)

Selected Conference Presentations

"Aviation accidents: Do males and females crash differently?" Paper presented at the International Conference on Air Transportation (INAIR) 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, November 2017

Guest lecturer and Workshop presenter: NTS - Cultural differences in the Instructors ratings in the simulator. 2nd InfoShare event Asia-Pacific - hosted by Singaporean Airline in Singapore, Singapore November 2017

Panellist and presenter "Aging Reimagined? Cognitive and Psychomotor Factors in Aging Pilots". At International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM), Rome Italy, September 2017

Preliminary investigation of age and damage/injury in commercial aviation, 1982-2014. presentation at International Academy of Aviation and space Medicine, Rome Italy, September 2017

"Differences in the severity of general aviation accidents by age: A preliminary examination. Paper presented at the National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS), Daytona Beach, FLA, USA, August 2017

 "Performance Based Pilot Personality Profile - the Traits and Competencies of Today's Pilot and a Focus on the Global Differences" 20th World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS) April 2017, Orlando USA, April 2017

COGNITIVE AND PSYCHOMOTOR FACTORS OF LICENCING 60+ PILOTS Austro Control GmbH and EASA - Age 60 Rule Workshop, Vienna, Austria, March 2017

"Empowering your Employees to a better Fatigue Management in High Risk Industry" at the International Conference of Air Transport 2016 (INAIR) Vienna Austria, November 2016

"Pilot Personality in Selection; how to integrate PP into Training" the at 15th European Airline Training Symposium (EATS) Berlin Germany. November 2016

Performance based Pilot Personality Profile-Defining a Well Performing pilot at the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) 2016 Thinking High and Low: Cognition and Decision Making in Aviation. Cascais, Portugal. September 2016

Pilot Personality in Selection; how to integrate PP into Training. at the '5th European Congress of Aerospace Medicine. (ECAM) 2016 Pushing the Limits of Aerospace Medicine Together. Oslo, Norway. September 2016

Pilot Personality in Selection the Use or Misuse of Science; Are we Measuring What Needs to be Measured? at the 13th Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) 2016 Building a Safety Culture through Sharing Best Practice in Airline Training'. Singapore. August 2016

Challenge of Professional Pilot Selection; Personality Profiling of Pilots as a mandatory requirement Conference of Air Transport (INAIR). January 2016

From Human Error to Complexity: Transferability of Western Based approaches at the International Conference of Air Transport 2014 (INAIR).

"Design of an Ab-initio Pilot Selection Process with Reduced Cultural and Language Bias" at the International Conference of Air Transport 2013 (INAIR).

"Flight time Limitation Scheme Protection for Civil Aviation Pilots a comparison in Short Haul and Medium Haul Flight Operation" at the International Conference of Air Transport 2012 (INAIR).


  • Designing and delivering cultural designed ab-initio pilot selection process.
  • Designing and delivering selection for medical students robustly modified to cultural needs.
  • Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) implementation.
  • Teaching and Learning (Core Course) for JAA standard TRTO use.
  • Developing and Training Instructor of Instructor courses for aviation.
  • Non-technical skills courses for High Risk Industry.
  • Design and deliver of Psychology courses for Nursing School Bsc. Students.
  • Developing curricula, Introduction to Human Development and Introduction to Sociology and delivering initial lectures in the training of graduate nursing programs.
  • Guest lectures on aviation topics several times a year (2013 and 2014) at the University of Zilina at the Department of Transport (ATC, Pilot student track).
  • Facilitating Lectures on Human Factors effect as part of the Ph.D.

Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) – Occupational Psychology (OP)

Member of Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF)

Member of European Association of Aviation Psychology (EAAP)

Member of International Association of Risk Management in Medicine (IARMM)