Areas of Expertise
- Multimodal sensory integration
- Hearing Science
- Virtual environments
- Driving Simulation
- PhD, Psychology, Indiana University, 1981
- BA, Psychology and Sociology, Edgecliff College, 1977
Jan joined Ohio State in 1991 as a faculty member in Speech and Hearing Science from the Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University, where she was a research scientist. She moved into university administration in 1999, serving first as Associate Dean for Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences and then as Senior Associate Vice President for Research for the university. After 23 years in administration, she has returned to the department in her favorite roles in teaching and research. Her research interests focus on how individuals combine information coming in through different sensory channels (vision, hearing, touch) to make sense of the world. This focus has led to work in a variety of application areas, including tactile aids for visual impairment, vibrotactile devices for speech perception by persons with hearing impairment, multisensory integration in virtual environments, and cockpit haptics in fighter aircraft. Jan currently leads the Ohio State University Driving Simulation Laboratory, where she works with university and automotive industry partners on studies of how drivers use in-vehicle displays, how to create designs for in-vehicle displays that minimize driver distraction, how individuals re-engage with driving in autonomous vehicles, and how special populations (older drivers, individuals with visual impairment, hearing impairment, TBI, or autism spectrum disorder) can engage with in-vehicle technology. She teaches undergraduate hearing anatomy and auditory perception. Jan has worked extensively with undergraduates in research, and has supervised the completion of 50 undergraduate research theses. Jan is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Acoustical Society of America.