Erin E Bowen

Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept
Prescott College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise


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


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

Dr. Erin Bowen is Professor of Psychology & Chair of the Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, AZ.

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 successful research funding awards in excess of one 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 Communications Director for the Association for Aviation Psychology, 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

  • CEIOP 396: Coop Ed Ind Org Psyc


Gazica, M.W., Bowen, E.E., McCarson, M.A., & Chadwell, K.A-M. (2018). Called to safety? Individual and combined effects of safety climate and occupational callings on aviator safety performance. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 28(1), 1-24.

Bowen, E.; Bowen, B.; Bennett, M. (2018, May). Leadership decision-making and consumer perceptions: Can the public influence change? 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco, CA.

Bowen, E. & Bowen, B. (2018, May). Decline and fall of the B.A. in Psychology: Fad or paradigm shift? 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco, CA.

McMullen, S.A.H., Ison, D., Bowen, E., Henderson, T., & Young, J. (2018). From sensors to knowledge: The challenge of training the next generation of data analysts. Proceedings of the SPIE Defense + Security Conference and Exhibition, Next Generation Analyst VI Session, Orlando, FL.

Bowen, E. E. & Sabin, E. J. (2018). Advancing dialogue between aviation and healthcare to improve system safety. The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology 33rd Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Bowen, E. E. (in press). Decoding the human error black box: Integrating psychology & safety. In R. Olawoyin (Ed.), EHS Leadership and Professional Development. American Society of Safety Engineers.

Bowen, E. E., Williams, W., & Roseano, L. (2018, January). Procedural and training challenges for low altitude operations. In session “Legal and regulatory implications of emerging aviation technologies,” 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, D.C.

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:

Washington Post. (2019, June 27). "Airlines have collected $1.3 billion in baggage fees so far this year."

El Mercurio Newspaper (Chile). (2019, May 15). “Viajar de pie en los aviones ¿se hará realidad? Esto es lo que propone la empresa italiana Aviointeriors con su diseño de los asientos SkyRider.”

National Public Radio. (2019, January 25). “Shutdown’s toll reached the skies as staff shortages caused delays at LaGuardia.”

Washington Post. (2019, January 21). “10 percent of TSA workers called out Sunday as shutdown continues.”

Washington Post. (2019, January 15). “For now, the skies remain safe, officials say, but the shutdown is stressing the nation’s air safety system.”

KTAR News Radio. (2018, August 13). Live interview on Horizon airplane theft and crash.

National Public Radio. (2018, July 12). “Tired of tiny seat and no legroom on flights? Don’t expect it to change. All Things Considered.

The New York Times. (2018, July 6). “F.A.A. Declines to regulate seat size.”

ResearchER Magazine – (Fall 2017). “What makes a safe pilot?” Interview/feature article on research. p. 8-11.

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):

Live Interview from Washington DC, Meet the Press (March 29, 2015):

Feature Article, Flying Magazine:


CNN ‘The Lead’ with Jake Tapper:

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (March 30, 2015)

BBC News (March 2015)

CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) ‘As It Happens’ (March 28, 2015).

USA Today:

Washington Post:

International Business Times:


  • 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. 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.


· American Psychological Association
· Aerospace Medical Association

· APA Division 21: Applied Experimental & Engineering Psychology

· APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics

· Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

· Association for Psychological Science

· American Mensa, Ltd.


  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) University service award.
  • Competitively selected and institutionally funded to attend Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Bryan Mawr College – the pre-eminent leadership development program for women in higher education.
  • Appointed Member, Aviation Security & Emergency Management committee, Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Washington, D.C.
  • Invited Aviation Expert to media for The Boeing Company.
  • Boeing Recognition Award, The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO.
  • Purdue University Award for Excellence in Distance Learning.