Barry Strauch, PhD

Barry Strauch, PhD

Strauch Associates, LLC
4613 Country Lane
Annandale , VA 22003
Mobile: 703-559-5600
Office: 703-559-5600
Fax: 703-978-0292

Dr. Barry Strauch is an internationally recognized expert in human error and accident causation in highway, aviation, marine, and railroad accidents. He has extensive experience in accident investigations, with particular focus on human factors and human error. He can provide expertise on equipment design, training, oversight and supervision, personnel selection, and decision making and their role, if any, in accident causation. He recently served as an expert witness in three major highway safety incidents, and two marine ones.

At the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Dr. Strauch investigated accidents in the U.S. and overseas for over 30 years serving as a National Resource Specialist and as a Supervisory Investigator. He earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from New York University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

He is the author of "Investigating Human Error: Incidents, Accidents, and Complex Systems," (2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2017), a textbook that is used in accident investigation classes in colleges and universities throughout the world. In addition, he has written articles that have been published in such respected journals as Human Factors, Safety Science, and the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. He has also presented numerous papers to scientific and industry venues around the world. In addition, Dr. Strauch has appeared in several Smithsonian Channel episodes on marine and aircraft accident investigations, and on the Weather Channel.

Dr. Strauch also has considerable experience training accident investigators as well. He oversaw the National Transportation Safety Board's training of aviation accident investigators and marine accident investigators, each for over 10 years. He has also taught witness interviewing, human factors, and accident investigation preparation in the US, Singapore, Taiwan, and Germany.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aviation
  • Biomechanics
  • Driver Behavior
  • Ergonomics
  • Fatigue
  • Human Factors
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Transportation Safety

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BA, Psychology, New York University
MS, Educational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
PhD, Educational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Emeritus Member, Human Factors and Ergonomic Society
Member, International Association of Aviation Psychologists
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Taught graduate level course in human factors psychology at George Mason University, and undergraduate level courses in psychology at Pennsylvania State University, University of Louisville, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Taught human factors and aircraft accident investigation at George Washington University's Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Program. Taught Interviewing, Report Writing, Marine Accident Accident Overview to US Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Five
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Accident investigation, Human Factors, Fatigue, Marine safety, Highway safety
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 75%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 25%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Four
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2019
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Three
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: None
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Thirty three years as a federal accident investigator, specializing in investigation oversight, and human factors. Five times as an expert witness.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting on human factors issues in accident causation, writing expert analysis reports, providing expert opinion, teaching and training.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $450 an hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $450 an hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450 an hour with a minimum of 3 hours
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $450 an hour with a minimum of 3 hours
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel time is $400 per hour plus expenses.


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