Barbara S Chaparro

Professor and Program Coordinator for Ph.D. in Human Factors
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

401.14 COAS (by appointment)

Areas of Expertise

Human Factors 
Human-Computer Interaction
Usability Testing & User Experience
Augmented Reality (AR) UX
Mobile Computing
Eye Tracking & Usability

Barbara S Chaparro

I have over 30 years of experience in applied Human-Computer Interaction in both industry and academia. Currently, I lead the Research in User eXperience (RUX) Lab. My research interests include the study of user experience (UX) of a variety of products and systems, usability assessment methods, augmented reality UX, and mobile computing.  I have worked with many 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: Experimental Psychology, Texas Tech University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Business Option, University of Richmond

HF 310 Human-Computer Interaction

HF 400 Human Factors IV: System Design

HFS 612 Human Factors Methods

HFS 624 User Experience

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) 

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, Education Division Chair                                                                                                                           American Psychological Society, Member
Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA), Member                                                                                                                                            

2019 Professor of the Year, ERAU Human Factors Department
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, WSU
2014 WSU Competitive Innovation Accelerator Shock Tank Award (with Dr. Jibo He), WSU
2013 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