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James P. Bliss, Ph.D.

  • James P. Bliss, Ph.D.
  • Professor & Chair
  • Department of Psychology
  • 346x Mills Godwin Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4051
  • jbliss@odu.edu
  • Dr. Bliss joined ODU's Psychology Department in 2001,was tenured in 2004, promoted to full professor in 2012, and is currently chair. He studies mistrust and task training.
  • Education

    University Of Central Florida, 1993
    Major: Human Factors Psychology
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Central Florida, 1989
    Major: Industrial Psychology
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Central Florida, 1987
    Major: Psychology
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    Human reactions to alarms and warnings; human behavior in virtual environments; human-robot interaction.
  • Expertise

    Modeling and Simulation
    Use of virtual reality for complex training tasks; Human-Robot Interaction
    Psychology
    Alarm mistrust (the "cry-wolf" effect)
  • 2012: Summer Faculty Fellowship, NASA
  • 2007: Advisor of the Year, Old Dominion College of Sciences
  • 2002: Nomination for ODU Disability Services Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Old Dominion University Disability Services
  • 1999: UAH Foundation Award for Research and Creative Achievement, University of Alabama-Huntsville
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Automated Human and System Performance Assessment in Operational Environments – Phase II
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Air Research Command
    Date: February, 2013 - September, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Effective Virtual Training Methods and Techniques
    Sponsoring Organization: MYMIC Corporation
    Date: March, 2012 - December, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Development of Virtual Reality Tools for Assessment of Return-to-Duty Status following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Defense (SBIR/STIR – Phase II)
    Date: 2010 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Ringleb, S. I.; Watson, G. S.; Morrison, S.; Bliss, J. P.
    2002 NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: April, 2012 - September, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Game Interface for the OneSAF Computer Generated Forces Simulation
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of the Army
    Date: 2009 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    OneSAF Behavior Composer (NexGEN) Project - Phase II
    Sponsoring Organization: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    Date: 2009 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Establishing an Intellectual and Theoretical Foundation for the After Action Review Process as Practiced Within the U.S. Army
    Sponsoring Organization: Army Research Institute
    Date: 2008 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Next-Generation Behavior Composer for Military Simulation
    Sponsoring Organization: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    Date: 2007 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Boyd, T.; Armstrong, R.
    EVMS Modeling and Simulation Solutions for Surgery
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Scerbo, M. W.; Belfore Ii, L. A.; Shen, Y.; McKenzie, F. D.
    MYMIC – Automated Assessment
    Sponsoring Organization: Army Research Institute, Suffolk, VA
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Experimental Evaluation of Performance Feedback Using the Dismounted Infantry Virtual After Action Review System
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Measuring Task Thought Processes
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Scerbo, M. W.; Freeman, F.; Mikulka, P. J.
    Implementation and Evaluation of a Selection System for Welders
    Sponsoring Organization: Northrop Grumman Newport News
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Boone, C.; Jinadu, F.; Dickenson, T. L.
    Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Curriculum Support
    Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command: FISC Norfolk Detachment, Philadelphia
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Loftin, R. B.; Dryer, D.; Overbaugh, M.
    National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (Phase II)
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Loftin, R. B.; Scerbo, M. W.; Belfore Ii, L. A.
    Tactical and Strategic Plan for NASA Flightdeck Display Research – Issues and Approach
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    2002 NASA-HU American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Development and Validation of a Selection System for Welders: Job Analysis
    Sponsoring Organization: Northrop Grumman Newport News
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Dickinson, T. L.; McIntyre, R. M.; Jinadu, F.; Boone, C.
    Graduate Student Research Program (Gary Capobianco)
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Graduate Student Research Program (Julie Stark)
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation
    Sponsoring Organization: US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center (TATRC)
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Combs, C. D.; Loftin, R. B.; Scerbo, M. W.; Weireter, L. J.
    Universal Crowd Reactions to Sublethal Weapons: Universal Triggers for Crowd Violence
    Sponsoring Organization: University of New Hampshire’s Non-lethal Technology Innovation Center (NTIC)
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Fallon, C.
    An Evaluation of the Safety, Utility, and Reliability of Three-Dimensional Alarm Systems for Automotive Use
    Sponsoring Organization: University Transportation Center of Alabama
    Date: July, 1999 - May, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Establishment of UH Aerospace Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Houston
    Date: 1996 - 1998
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Loftin, B.
    Virtual Reality Training Evaluation
    Sponsoring Organization: US Army Avaition and Missle Command (AMCOM)
    Date: February 1, 1998 - October 1, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Model of the Organizational Information Structure Within NASA/MSFC DOF S&C Training
    Sponsoring Organization: Boeing Corporation
    Date: July 6, 1998 - September 15, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Componation, P.; Messimer, S. L.
    Proposal To Improve The Content And Structure Of PY 102
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Alabama-Huntsville
    Date: June 1, 1997 - June 1, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Torres, A.; Carpenter, S.
    Proposal to Reconstruct General Psychology, PY 101
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Alabama-Huntsville
    Date: June 1, 1997 - June 1, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Continuation Award for Using Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality as a Training Medium for Space Navigation
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Alamaba-Huntsville
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Using Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality as a Training Medium for Space Navigation
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Alabama-Huntsville
    Date: 1995 - 1996
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Reversal of the Cry-Wolf Effect: An Investigation of Two Methods to Increase Alarm Response Rates
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Alabama-Huntsville
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.
    Human alarm responses as a function of alarm reliability and criticality
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 1992 - 1993
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Gilson, R. D.