Dr. Ron Van Houten
Vice President &
BA, MA, PhD, Behavioral Psychology.
Vice President, Center for Education and Research in Safety
(1989- ), manager of new product development and human factors
research. Professor of Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University.
Chair of papers subcommittee for the United States Transportation
Research Board pedestrian committee (1997-). Member of the
U.S. National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Worked for many years in the safety area and has published
extensively in peer review journals and books. Has served
as a consultant to numerous governments at the federal,
state and municipal levels and conducted extensive human
factors and field research in the areas of pedestrian safety,
seat belt use, speeding, impaired driving, and occupational
safety. Dr. Van Houten has specialized in the development
of educational safety programs and prompting systems to
increase safety related behaviors. He has also developed
an experimental pedestrian signals (with Dr. Malenfant)
with funding from the United States National Academy of
Science ITS IDEA program to successfully prompt pedestrians
to look for turning vehicles and to prompt motorists to
look for pedestrians, other vehicles, and trains. Dr. Van
Houten has also developed digital voice prompts to change
safety related behaviors. He was presented with the Solicitor
General of Canada Crime Prevention Award in 1984 for his
work in the areas of pedestrian safety and highway safety
Publications: available on request
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