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. 

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Our annual security symposium will be in October 2021.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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