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 has over 30 years of experience with the National Transportation Safety Board investigating accidents in the US and overseas, as a National Resource Specialist and as a Supervisory Investigator. He is an internationally recognized an expert in human error and accident causation in highway, railroad, aviation, and railroad accidents. He has a Bachelors 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 published in several scientific journals such as Human Factors, Safety Science, and the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. He has presented papers to scientific and industry venues around the world.

Dr. Strauch 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.

Dr. Strauch has experience in all areas of accident investigation, 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, or absence, in the causation of accidents. He has recently served as an expert witness in two cases, one a transportation accident and the other an occupational injury.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aviation
  • Biomechanics
  • Driver Behavior
  • Ergonomics
  • Fatigue
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • 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: Four
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: All
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: None
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Two
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: None
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. Twice as an expert witness.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, writing expert analysis reports, providing expert opinion, teaching and training.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350 an hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400 an hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400 an hour with a minimum of 3 hours
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400 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 $350 per hour plus expenses.


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