Robert Proctor


 Robert Proctor


Distinguished Professor 


3150 Psychology Building 

Office Phone

(765) 494-0784 


M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington 

Research Areas

Basic and Applied Human Performance, Display- Control Compatibility, Human Factors Issues Pertaining to Information Security and Web Design. 

Key Areas

Trusted Social and Human Interaction Assurable Software and Architecture  

Notable Experience

Editor, American Journal of Psychology; Past Editor of Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers (1994-1999). 

Notable Awards

Past President of the Society for Computers in Psychology

Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Sciences at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Notable Affiliations

Fellow, American Psychological Society; Fellow, American Psychological Association; Honorary Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Society for Computers in Psychology. 


Influence of the Privacy Bird® user agent on user trust of different Web sites (with K.-P. L.Vu, V. Chambers, B. Creekmur, and D. Cho), Computers in Industry, 61 (2010), 311-317; Human factors in information security and privacy (with K.-P. L.Vu and E. E. Schultz), in J. N. D. Gupta & S. K. Sharma (Eds.) (2009), Handbook of research on information security and assurance (pp. 402-414), Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference; Examining usability of Web privacy policies (with M. A. Ali and K.-P. L. Vu), International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 24 (2008), 307-328; A multimethod approach to examining usability of Web privacy polices and user agents for specifying privacy preferences (with K.-P. L. Vu), Behavior Research Methods, 39 (2007), 205-211; Improving password security and memorability to protect personal and organizational information (with K.-P. L. Vu, A. Bhargav-Spanzel, B.-L. Tai, J. Cook, and E. E. Schultz, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 65 (2007), 744-757; Improving Computer Security for Authentication of Users: Influence of Proactive Password Restrictions (with M. C. Lien, G. Salvendy, E. E. Schultz, and K.-P. Vu), Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 34 (2002), 163-169; Usability and security: An appraisal of usability issues in information security methods (with E. E. Schultz, M.-C. Lien, and G. Salvendy), Computers & Security, 20 (2001), 620-634; A task analysis of usability in third-party authentication methods (with M.-C. Lien, G. Salvendy, and E. E. Schultz). Information Security Bulletin, April (2000), 49-56. Published over 150 articles on basic and applied human performance. Written and/or edited 12 books. Contributed chapters to over a 30 books. Served on the editorial boards of journals in experimental psychology, human factors, and human-computer interaction. 


My research focuses on selection and control of action. I also conduct research in human factors, human-computer interaction, cybersecurity, human-centered design for connected and autonomous vehicles, and operation of construction equipment. 

Coming Up!

Our annual security symposium will be March 28th and 29th, 2023.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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