Penelope Sanderson is Professor of Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she holds appointments in the Schools of Psychology, of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and of Clinical Medicine. She graduated with a BA(Hons) from University of Western Australian, and with an MA and PhD from University of Toronto. Sanderson’s principal research focus is human-system integration in healthcare. She conducts research on the impact of workplace interruptions on work performance in critical care environments, both in the field and in the simulator. She also investigates the design of patient monitoring equipment, including advanced auditory and visual information systems. Domains in which she has conducted further research and consulting include air defence, air traffic control, nuclear and hydro power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, and passport adjudication. She has also served as a human factors expert witness for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
Sanderson is a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). From HFES she has received the Paul M Fitts Educator Award and the Distinguished International Colleague Award, and she has twice won their Jerome H. Ely Award for the Best Paper in the journal Human Factors. She has also received the American Psychological Association’s Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental/Engineering Psychology.