Michelle Rusch, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Simulation University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaHealth Sciences Education and Pathology
Work 1 Illini Drive Peoria IL 61605 Work Phone: 309-670-2505 Publications Website: Google Scholar
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Biographical Info

Dr. Michelle Rusch has a PhD (Iowa State University) and MS (DePaul University) in Human-Computer Interaction coupled with more than ten years academic experience in areas related to psychology, neurology, and engineering (having worked as a post doc at the University of Iowa and as faculty both in the US and Asia).

Dr. Rusch has expertise investigating cognition in relationship to performance when using assistive technologies tested in simulations with augmented and virtual reality (University of Iowa). She has published multiple papers about this work to top peer-reviewed journals in the areas of human factors, safety, vision, and neuroscience. Her background has also involved teaching graduate and undergraduate specialty courses on the topics of health psychology, research methods (focus on evidence-based practice), and physiological psychology (St Ambrose University, Simpson University).

In her current role as Director of Simulation (based in Peoria), Dr. Rusch works with faculty on clinical simulation education and programs in collaboration with the JUMP Simulation Center.

Research Interests

  • Individual differences in cognitive abilities
  • Visual impairments associated with age-related cognitive decline
  • Secondary traumatic stress experienced by healthcare providers
  • Assistive technologies using augmented reality
  • Interface design and alternative input modalities

Featured Publications

Rusch, M.L., Schall Jr, M. C., Lee, J. D., Dawson, J. D., Edwards, S.V., & Rizzo, M. (2016). Time-to-contact estimation errors among older drivers with useful field of view impairments. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 95, 284-291.

Chen, K.H., Rusch, M.L., Dawson, J.D., Rizzo, M., & Anderson, S.W. (2015). Susceptibility to social pressure following ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(11), 1469-1476.

Rusch, M.L., Schall Jr, M. C., Lee, J. D., Dawson, J. D., & Rizzo, M. (2014). Augmented reality cues to assist older drivers with gap estimation for left-turns. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 71, 210-221.

Chen, K. H., Anderson, S. W., Rusch, M. L., Aksan, N. S., Dawson, J. D., & Rizzo, M. (2013, June). “Choking Under Pressure” in Older Drivers. In Proceedings of the… International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design (Vol. 2013, p. 432). NIH Public Access.

Rusch, M.L., Schall Jr, M.C., Gavin, P., Lee, J.D., Dawson, J.D., Vecera, S., Rizzo, M., (2013). Directing driver attention with augmented reality cues. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 16, 127-137.

Schall Jr., M.C., Rusch, M.L., Lee, J.D., Dawson, J.D., Thomas, G., Aksan, N., & Rizzo, M. (2013). Augmented reality cues and elderly driver hazard perception. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55(3), 643-658.

Schall Jr., M., Rusch, M., Lee, J., Vecera, S., & Rizzo, M. (2010). Attraction without distraction: Effects of augmented reality cues on driver hazard perception. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 236-236.

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