Christina Frederick

Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

COAS 401.08, Tuesday and Thursday 11am-3pm and by Appointment

Areas of Expertise

Applied Motivation

Self-Determination Theory

The Effects of Technology on Personality

Sport Psychology


Christina Frederick

I am a Professor in the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  I received my Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Rochester with a major in Psychological Development.  In 2000, I joined the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle, where my work focused on motivation and human factors issues in applied domains.  My current research interests examine how individual differences interact with technology and games to understand motivation, relatedness and performance. As well,I often write about leadership. I serve as the Director of the Game-based Education and Advanced Research Studies (GEARS) Lab at Embry-Riddle and am the author of over 70 research articles and 100 presentations. For 2020-2021, I am the President-elect of SPIM (the Society of Psychologists in Management), a national, professional organization.

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

  • PSYC 326: Group and Team Behavior
  • PSYC 340: Indus/Orgznl Psychology
  • PSYC 220: Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCI 310: Personality Development
  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 315 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 350 Social Psychology

PSY 352 Theories of Personality

PSY 365 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 395d Developmental Psychology

PSY 395e Sport Psychology

HFS 525 Human, Social and Organizational Factors in Emerging Technologies

HFS 620 Memory and Cognition

HFS 690 HF Master's Capstone

Wang, A. & Frederick, C. (2018). Leadership in higher education: Opportunities and challenges for psychologist-managers.  The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 21 (3), 197-207.

Doherty, S., Keebler, J., Davidson, S., Palmer, E. & Frederick, C. (2018).  Recategorization of video game genres. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, Philadelphia: PA.

 Lum, H., Steelman, K., Frederick, C., Sonnenfeld, N., Amato-Henderson, S., & Smith, T. (2016). Exploring the future of human factors education: Online MOOC’s, Next-Generation standards, and the technological skills we need to impart. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association, Washington, DC, September, 2016.

 Sun, L., Frederick, C., Espejo, P. & Cunningham, R. (2016).  Can we teach a programming language as a second language? Computers in Education, 7, 105-112.

 Frederick, C., Sun, L., Liron, C., Verleger, M., Cunningham, R. & Sanjuan Espejo, P. (2016). Implementation and evaluation of a second language acquisition-based programming course.  Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 28, 2016.

Sun, L., Frederick, C., Cunningham, R. & Sanjuan Espejo, P. (2016). Can we teach a programming language as a second language?  Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 27, 2016.

Liu, D., Virani, H., Frederick, C. & Ludu, A. (2016). Reinforcement Learning Rewards Effect on Autonomous Aerial Vehicles Target Identification Task.   Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, June 2016.

 Frederick, C., Cunningham, R., Alex, L. & Via, C. (2015). Studying human relatedness through a shared gaming experience. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Los Angeles, CA, October 26-30, 2015.

Sun, L., Frederick, C., & Liron, C. (2015). Applying second language acquisition to facilitate blended learning of programming languages.  Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA, June 14-17.

Liu, D., Frederick, C.M., Doherty, S., Kring, J.K. (2015). Modeling human gaming playing behavior and reward/penalty mechanism using discrete event simulation (DES). Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Nashville, TN, May 30-June 2, 2015.

Frederick, C.M., Kring, J.K., Doherty, S., Liu, D., Via, C. & Sinagra, M. (2015).Ethical perceptions and actions in gaming.  International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, 3, 49-58.

Frederick, C. & Bradshaw-Hoppock, A., Liskey, D. & Brown, D. (2014). The impact of technology on adolescent identity development.  International Journal of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2 (7), 1-12.

Doherty, S. M., Liskey, D., Via, C. M., Frederick, C., Kring, J. P., & Liu, D. (2014).  An analysis of expressed cheating behaviors in video games.  Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.  Chicago, IL:  HFES.

Frederick, C., Liskey, D. & Brown, D. (2014).  The use of apps to prime learning for a verbal task. Open Journal for Social Sciences, 2, 20-24.

Frederick-Recascino, C. & Bradshaw-Hoppock, A. (2013).  Technology and adolescent identity development: Considerations for the 21st century.  Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI, May 2013.

Frederick-Recascino, C., Liu, D., Doherty, S., Kring, J. & Liskey, D. (2013).  Articulating an experimental model for the study of game-based learning.  Proceeding of the International Conference for Human Computer Interaction, Las Vegas, NV, July 2013.

2000-Present Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

1998-2000, Faculty Member, Psychology Department, University of Central Florida

1993-1998, Faculty Member, Psychology Department, Southern Utah University

1987-1993, Computer Analyst, University of Rochester Computing Center

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 of Psychologists in Management

Southeastern Psychological Association

2019, Faculty Service Award Recipient

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