Kathryn Woodcock

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Director, Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning and Leadership (THRILL) lab Professor Faculty of Community Services School of Occupational and Public Health Toronto, Ontario kathryn.woodcock@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 5154

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I am a professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health. I teach, research, and consult in the area of human factors engineering. I have a BASc and MASc from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of Toronto.

I am a registered professional engineer, a Canadian ...


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Bio/Research

I am a professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health. I teach, research, and consult in the area of human factors engineering. I have a BASc and MASc from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of Toronto.

I am a registered professional engineer, a Canadian certified professional ergonomist and a fellow of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. I am the longest tenured deaf professor in Canada and am the first deaf woman to receive a PhD in Engineering.

My research focuses on human factors engineering in designed public spaces and activities, particularly in the domain of amusement attractions. I established the THRILL lab (Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning and Leadership) and have been studying and applying human factors engineering to amusement attractions and themed entertainment since 2002. Through the lab and its partners in industry, I facilitate field trip experiences to observe Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) inspections of the Canadian National Exhibition and tour other industry facilities with students from a variety of academic programs.

My research, development, and consultation projects include accident and error analysis, task demand modelling, and interface design, pertaining to guests, operators, and inspectors. I was the principal applicant establishing Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson)’s Mixed-reality Immersive Motion Simulator facility. I also studied and published on health and work issues of deafness, disability, sign language interpretation and accessibility.


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