Pooyan Doozandeh


State College, PA, USA


I am a PhD candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. My professional interest is in applied psychology, with a focus on topics in human factors and ergonomics, industrial and organizational psychology, and human-computer interaction. My research often requires knowing about humans and technology; so, I am trained in psychology and computer engineering.

I belong to a group of old-school psychologists who have a strong commitment to practical affairs. So, figures such as Edward L. Thorndike and John C. Flanagan exemplify my type.

To read my opinions about some areas of my interest, see the Opinions page here.

Industry Experience

In a collaboration with Charles River Analytics Inc., I helped a project by conducting a literature review and a meta-analysis to understand the effect of simulation fidelity on training transfer (in Written Works section, see [7, 8, 12]).

In another collaborative project, I helped Aira Tech Co. to improve the design of interfaces for agents who remotely guide people with visual impairments. In Penn State, I also worked on a project to predict relapse onset for people with bipolar disorder from their history of online activities, and, I helped in a project that analyzed CDC Facebook activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching Experience

For the fall semester of 2021, I am an instructor in Penn State IST for a course that I have chosen its title to be Training and Technology. Because the topic has been central to my research, I am grateful that I had the chance to design the course and choose its content.

From 2019 to 2021, I was a teaching assistant in the college of IST for courses in Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Statistics. From 2016 to 2018, I was a teaching assistant in Lehigh University’s Psychology Department for courses in Psychology and Cognitive Science. I was also a high school instructor for one year (2015 – 2016), teaching Introduction to Programming with C#.

Last updated on October 2021


2018 – Current
Ph.D., Information Sciences and Technology (Human-Centered Design) – The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

2016 – 2018
M.S. (unfinished), Psychology – Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA

2013 – 2016
M.S., Computer Engineering (AI and Robotics) – Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

2011 – 2013
B.S., Computer Software Technological Engineering – Jaaber Ibn Hayyan Higher Education Institute, Rasht, Iran

2008 – 2011
A.S., Computer Software – Shahid Chamraan Technical College, Rasht, Iran

Written Works

Under review or in preparation

[15] Doozandeh, P. (in progress). Using video in online career counseling. In preparation.

[14] Doozandeh, P. (in progress). The effect of video job description on recruitment. In preparation.

[13] Doozandeh, P. (in progress). A fundamental question of applied psychology. In preparation.

[12] Doozandeh, P., & Hedayati, S. (2021). The effect of fidelity on transfer: A meta-analysis in the domain of troubleshooting. Under review.

[11] Doozandeh, P., & Hedayati, S. (2021). Misusing concepts and cognitive crisis of psychology. Under review.

Peer-reviewed publications

[10] Doozandeh, P., Wang, Z., Cui, L., & Yu, R. (2021). Street surface condition of wealthy and poor neighborhoods: The case of Los Angeles. AI & Society, (in press)

[9] Doozandeh, P. (2021). Videorecording of experts as a method of training-simulator design. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, (in press). (Free access from publisher, limited copies) (Access from publisher) (Manuscript)

[8] Doozandeh, P. (2020). From surface realism to training considerations: A proposal for changing the focus in the design of training systems. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, (in press). (Free access from publisher, limited copies) (Access from publisher) (Manuscript)

[7] Doozandeh, P., & Ritter, F. E. (2019). Does simulation fidelity affect training? A lesson from a brief review of literature. In Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS). Washington DC: George Washington University. (Free access from publisher)

[6] Doozandeh, P., & Ritter, F. E. (2019). Some tips for academic writing and using Microsoft Word. XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students, 26(1), 10–11. (Free access from publisher)

[5] Doozandeh, P. (2016). Quantification of human confidence in functional relations. Cognitive Systems Research, 40, 18–34. (Access from publisher) (Manuscript)


[4] Doozandeh, P. (2015). A short essay on Hume’s philosophy, its essence and implications. (Manuscript)

[3] Doozandeh, P. (2015). Categorization of real-world causal events for causal modeling. (Manuscript)

[2] Doozandeh, P. (2015). Introspection, emotion, and computational theory of mind. (Manuscript)

[1] Doozandeh, P. (2014). Emotion behind intelligence. (Manuscript)

Most of my writings report the results of research. For example, I am currently conducting a research to investigate the possible use of videorecording on job counseling and creating job descriptions [14, 15]. The results are of interest to researchers and practitioners in business, management, and industrial and organizational psychology.

A big part of my research concerns topics in human factors and ergonomics. For example, I proposed a method that directly uses experts' performance in designing training systems. The method used the videorecording of experts at work (ethnography) to model their performance, and the model can directly guide the design of training simulators [9]. Proposing the videorecording method was rooted in a project that targeted the design of training-systems and simulators. Specifically, I conducted a series of reviews to investigate the effect of the realism of training materials (or simulation fidelity) on the effectiveness of training (or transfer) [7, 8, 12].

Sometimes, I enjoy addressing some fundamental issues in my studies [11, 13]. For example, being convinced of the soundness of my research requires knowing about the history and foundational issues of psychology and its methods. In this respect, me and my colleague wrote a philosophically-oriented article that discusses the reason of our aversion to cognitivism and our defense of behaviorism [11].

As part of my education in computer engineering, I conducted a research to understand human learning of functional relations (continuous-valued causal relations). The research was in the intersection of psychology and machine learning [5]. This was an example of basic science, but over time my interest has shifted more toward applied topics.

Additionally, I have written articles on other topics of interest to academia in general [6]. Finally, I am sharing some unpublished manuscripts that I wrote some years ago. They are not professional works in any sense; I was inexperienced when writing them. Nonetheless, they can show the evolution of my interests [1, 2, 3, 4].