Dr. Carla Hackworth serves as the Human Factors Research Division Manager (AAM-500). She is responsible for a program of applied human factors research of field and laboratory investigations within aviation work environments. Research includes, but is not limited to, assessments of human performance under various conditions of impairment, human error analysis and remediation, agency workforce optimization, assessing the impact of advanced automated systems on personnel requirements and performance, human factors evaluations of performance changes associated with advanced multifunction displays and controls in general aviation and air traffic control, and the psychophysiological effects of workload and shift work on job proficiency and safety in aviation-related human-machine systems. This research is accomplished within two research laboratories, the Flight Deck Human Factors Research Laboratory and the National Airspace System (NAS) Human Factors Safety Research Laboratory.
Dr. Hackworth has led assessments of organizational effectiveness, general aviation testing issues, weather-related general aviation incidents, and human factors in aviation maintenance. To date, she has authored and co-authored over 30 publications examining aviation human factors.