Dr. Sanders has served as expert witness in over 1000 personal-injury litigations, representing both plaintiff and defense. He has testified in state and federal courts over 150 times on human factors issues dealing with such areas as: trip and fall accidents, automobile accidents, and product design and warning cases. He has rendered opinions on such areas as: human perception, cognition, motor skills, reaction time, and behavioral expectations; foreseeability of human behavior; and effectiveness of warnings.
Dr. Sanders retired (2000) after almost 30 years as professor and chair of the Human Factors graduate program at California State University, Northridge. He continues his affiliation as Emeritus Professor. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical reports, journal articles, and professional presentations, and is senior author of the textbook Human Factors in Engineering and Design (7th Edition). He is a Certified Human Factors Professional, and was President of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ph.D., Human Factors,Industrial Psychology, Purdue University, 1971
M.S., Human Factors,Industrial Psychology, Purdue University, 1968
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 1966
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Certified Human Factors Professional (CFHP) (1993 - present): Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Fellow) (1971 - present):
President (1989 - 1990)
Secretary,Treasurer (1983 & 1986)
Executive Council Representative (1991-1997)
Boards and Committees:
Editorial Board: Human Factors Journal (1972-1989)
Educators' Professional Group Chair (1980)
Education Committee Chair (1979-1981)
Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award (1982)
Paul M. Fitts Educators Award (1998)
Technical Group Membership:
Educators' Professional Group (Organizer); Industrial Ergonomics; Consumer Products; Safety; Surface Transportation; Forensics
Division 21, American Psychological Association, Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychologists (Fellow) (1990 - present).
Ergonomics Society (Member) (1978 - present).
Society of Automotive Engineers (Member) (1982 - present):
Excellence in Oral Presentation (1981).
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (Member) (1995 - present).
National Safety Council (Member) (1997 - present)
American College of Forensic Examiners (Fellow & Diplomate) (1997 - present)
Editorial Board: International Reviews of Ergonomics (1985 -1988).
Panel on Utilization and Education of Human Factors Specialists, National Research Council (1988-1990).
Advisory Board: Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2nd ed.
Listed in Who's Who in the West, 18th, 19th, and 20th Editions.
Cited in: Forbes Magazine; Los Angeles Times; Personnel Advisory Bulletin; Los Angeles Times Magazine; San Jose Mercury News.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Instructor. IBM. Taught 3-day seminars on Ergonomics in Automation to IBM engineers and management.
Instructor. NAVSEA Safety School. Developed and presented full-day lectures on human factors topics related to safety, including workspace and equipment design, effects of noise, and effects of temperature.
Instructor. Integrated Computer Systems. Taught four day seminars in Designing Effective Man-Machine Dialogs for computer based systems.
Emeritus Professor (2000 - present). Serves on thesis committees and provides lectures and consultation to the Human Factors graduate program.
Full Professor and Chair of Human Factors Graduate Program (1971 - 2000). Developed and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in human factors, experimental design, evaluation research methodology, statistics, training, task analysis, psychometry, motivation, and organizational development. Supervise graduate thesis research. Served on various departmental and university level committees.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: over 2500
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Warning, human factors, driver behavior, reaction time, perception, trip and fall, slip and fall, and misstep.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: over 1000
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: December 2012
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: over 200
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: over 200
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 34 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, testing, reports, site inspections, and record-review.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: 280 for travel plus out of pocket expenses.