John French

Professor of Human Factors and Systems
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach campus

Areas of Expertise

Fatigue management, Motion Sickness medications, mTBI diagnosis and treatment, Color vision deficiency, sleep apnea

Dr French is a Professor of Human Factors and Aerospace Physiology at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the Research Director.  He has over 100 publications in the area of human performance enhancement, sleep deprivation and stress countermeasures.  

He received postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism at Cornell University Medical College.  He was the director of the pre-clinical EEG screen for Parke Davis Pharmaceutical Company and a research associate in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan.  Dr French served as a senior Aerospace Physiologist with the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Brooks AFB and participated in sustained operations and acceleration research.  Dr French won many honors while with the Air Force including the Dan Berkant award and the DoD Civilian Recognition Medal for work in a combat zone during Gulf War I.   He worked in the human performance and software simulation industry for Micro Analysis and Design before coming to Embry-Riddle University.  He has been with ERAU for the past 12 years and teaches classes in Physiology, Psychobiology, Neuroscience, Perception and Pharmacology.  He was recognized for his teaching and research at ERAU by the Presidential citation award in 2011 and 2012.    His current research interests at ERAU concern motion and simulator sickness, sleep improvement and developing biomathematical models of fatigue.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Colorado State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Psychology, Colorado State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Colorado State University

  • HF 440: Aerospace Physiology
  • HF 499: Special Topics Human Factors
  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology


  • Paper Session I-A - Is It SEP Yet? (Uphoff, C., Reinert, R., French, J. R.), The Space Congress® Proceedings (1993)
  • Future Science Cargo Requirements for the Shuttle (French, J. R.), The Space Congress® Proceedings (1982)
  • Paper Session Two B (DeMarco, Rebecca, Consolo, Robert, Neira, Sofia, Renshaw, Tyler, Volante, William, DeMarco, Rebecca, Renshaw, Tyler, French, John, Via, Chris), Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference (2016)
  • Paper Session One B (Ortiz, Yolando, Hess, Alyssa, Walker, Jenny, Lewis, Joanne, Golden, Kathryn, Ortiz, Yolando, Golden, Kathryin, French, John, Diljohn, Fawaaz), Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference (2016)
  • Aerospace Physiology; S.U.I.T. Lab (French,, Simonson,, Kobrick,, Lopac,), Sports and Aviation Symposium (2018)

McGrath, B., Mortimer, B., Drakunov, S. and French, J. (2016)Mathematical model of spatial orientation, presentation at the annual AIAA symposium

 Olivero, J., Berhane, B., French, J. and Reynolds, A. (2013) A study of the effects of radiation in low earth orbit (LEO) on humans and safety critical systems,  FAA – OTA DTFAWA-11-A-00002, Amendment 3, Office of Commercial Space Transportation. 

 Dean, J., D’Agostino and French, J. (2012) Hypoxia and hypobaria at altitude < 20,000 feet, In Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents & Biological Exposure Indices (TLVs and BEIs), American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH).

Skinner,N.P, Radetsky, L., Narendran, N., French, J., Greenfield, H., Gallagher, D. and Bassey, R., (2011) Optimizing the Performance of Elevated Runway Guard Lights with LEDs, Proceedings of the Illuminating Engineering Society Aviation Lighting Committee Wilmington, NC October 16-20, 2011

 French, J. and  Neville, K.J..  Avoiding the impact of fatigue on human effectiveness,  in Paula A. Desmond, Gerry Matthews and Peter A. Hancock (Eds),  Handbook of Operator Fatigue, Ashgate, 2011, 8, 4. 

 Eddy, D.R., Storm, W.F., Gibbons, J.A., Miller, J.C., French, J. and Wesensten, N. (2009) Reversal of Zolpidem intoxication by sublingual Flumazenil, US Air Force Research Laboratory Technical Report AFRL-RH-BR-TR-2009-0026. 

 McBride, M., Hodges, M. and French, J.  Speech intelligibility differences in male and female vocal signals transmitted through bone conduction in background noise: Implications for voice communication headset design.   International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2008, 11-12, Nov-Dec : 1038-1044




Aerospace Medical Association

Aerospace Physiology Society (Secretary)

Society for Neurosciences