For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
Portland’s Lauren Murphy And Virginia’s David Kidd Receive Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowships From American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation
Des Plaines, IL (May 27, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Lauren A. Murphy of Portland State University in Portland, OR, and David G. Kidd of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Murphy’s research project will focus on the effects of social modeling on safety behavior and Kidd’s research project will look at changes in driver perceptions of distracted driving performance with practice.

Murphy has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Portland State University. She also serves as a research assistant at Portland State University and a research consultant at the City of Portland Water Bureau. Murphy will use the fellowship to examine the effects of social modeling on participants’ safety behavior, specifically, wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), when the participants are not clearly told to engage in the safety behavior.

Kidd has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Psychology/Human Factors and Applied Cognition at George Mason University. He also currently serves as an instructor of Psychology, Graduate Statistics Lab at George Mason University. Kidd’s research proposal for the fellowship outlines an empirical investigation of people's perceptions of their distracted driving performance, how that subjective perception differs their actual driving performance, and their ability to adapt to distractions over time.

The goals of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship Program include encouraging research activity in the field of safety; familiarizing graduate students, faculty members and other researchers with current research projects and up-to-date research models and applications to expand the body of knowledge; expanding and stimulating graduate students, faculty members and others in understanding safety research; providing a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs; and laying the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue safety/health applied research projects of their choice. Fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2008 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

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