The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

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

Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award, Student Activities and Organizations, Purdue University, 2019. (for the Student Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society)

Paul M. Fitts Education Award for outstanding contributions to the education and training of human factors and ergonomics specialties, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Oct., 2018.

Faculty Mentor of the Year, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Purdue University, April, 2017.

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University, April 2014.

Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental/ Engineering Psychology. Division 21, American Psychological Association, August, 2013.

Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award, Student Organization Leadership Awards, Student
Activities and Organizations, Office of the Dean of Students, Purdue University, 2013.

Fellow, Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, Fall, 2000.

Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Sciences, University of Texas at Arlington, October 18, 1997.

Visiting Scholar, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, March, 1996.

Plaque in appreciation for 10 years of service and guidance to the Auburn University chapter of Psi Chi, May, 1988.

Certificate of appreciation in recognition of outstanding service as Psi Chi faculty advisor. Awarded by the student members of the Auburn University chapter, May, 1984. 

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.