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Donald I. Tepas

Professor of Industrial Psychology, 1985-1998
Connecticut Transportation Institute
University of Connecticut


Academic History

  • B.A. (Psychology), University of Buffalo, 1955
  • Ph.D. (Psychology), State University of New York at Buffalo, 1963


Research Interests

  • Transportation ergonomics
  • Workware methods and usability
  • Alertness and fatigue management programs
  • Occupational safety and health


Representative Publications

Barnes-Farrell, J.L., Davies-Schrils, K., McGonagle, A., Walsh, B., Di Milia, L., Fischer, F.M., Hobbs, B.B., Kaliterna, L., & Tepas, D.(2008). What aspects of shiftwork influence off-shift well-being of healthcare workers? Contemporary research findings in shiftwork. Applied Ergonomics, 39, 589-596.

Qin, X., Ivan, J.N., Ravishanker, N., Liu, J., & Tepas, D. (2006). Bayesian estimation of hourly exposure functions by crash type and time of day. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 38, 1071-1080.

Popkin, S.M., Howarth, H.D., & Tepas, D.I. (2006). Ergonomics of work systems. In G. Salvendy (Ed.), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics (3rd ed.; pp. 761-800). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Tepas, D.I., (2003). Workware decision support systems: A comprehensive methodological approach to work-scheduling problems. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 4, 319-326.

Tepas, D I. (2003) The impact of shiftwork on manufacturing and transportation workers. In: W. Karwowski and I. Noy (Eds.) Handbook of Forensic Human Factors and Ergonomics. London: Taylor and Francis.

Tepas, D. I. (2003) Prevention of accidents by transportation shiftworkers. Journal of Human Ergology.

Tepas, D. I. & Samel, A. (2003) Comments on the ‘interactive neurobehavioral model’ developed by M. Jewett and R. Kronauer. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine.

Tepas, D. I. & Barnes-Farrell, J. L. (2002). Is worker age a simple demographic variable? Experimental Aging Research, 1-5.

Howarth, H. D. & Tepas, D. I. (2001). Using graphs to evaluate the impact of work shifts: An experimental investigation. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics society, 35th Annual Meeting, 1240-1244.

Tepas, D. I. (2001). Shiftwork and sleep. In W. Karwowski (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 1355-1358.

Tepas, D. I. & Price, J. M. (2001) What is stress and what is fatigue? In:. P.A. Hancock and P. A. Desmond (Eds.) Stress, Workload and Fatigue. Mahway, NJ, Lawrence Erlllbaum, Pages 607-622.

Tepas, D. I. (2000) Should a general recommendation to nap be made to workers? In: S. Hornberger, P. Knauth, G. Costa and S. Folkard (Eds.) Shiftwork in the 21st Century: Challenges for Research and Practice. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. Pages 25-30.

Tepas, D. I., Pratt, J. and Howarth, H. (2000) Inter-individual and intra-individual differences: An important distinction for shiftwork research? In: S. Hornberger, P. Knauth, G. Costa and S. Folkard (Eds.) Shiftwork in the 21st Century: Challenges for Research and Practice. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. Pages 273-279

Howarth, H.D., Pratt, J.H., & Tepas, D.I. (1999). Do maritime crew members have sleep disturbances? Internation al Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 5, pages 95-100.

Tepas, D.I.(1998). Work shift usability testing. In W. Karwowski and W. S. Marras (Eds.), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook. Boca Raton : CRC Press.

Paley, M.J., Price, J.M. and Tepas, D.I.(1998). The impact of a change in rotating shift schedules: A comparison of the effects of 8, 10, and 14 h work shifts. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 21, pages 293-305.

Tepas, D.I., Paley, M.J. and Popkin, S.M. (1997). Work schedules and sustained performance. In G. Salvendy (Ed.), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Second Edition. New York: John Wiley.

Dekker, D.K., Tepas, D.I. and Colligan, M.J. (1996). The human factors aspects of shiftwork. In A. Bhattacharya and J.D. McGlothlin (Eds.), Occupational Ergonomics: Theory and Applications. New York: Marcel Dekker.

Herbert, L.B. and Tepas, D.I. (1995) A new approach to collecting survey data: An Item Response Icon Scale (IRIS). Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting–1995, pages 804-808.

Tepas, D.I. (1994) Technological innovation and the management of alertness and fatigue in the workplace. Human Performance, 7, pages 165-180.

Paley, M.J. and Tepas, D.I. (1994) Fatigue and the shiftworker: Fire fighters working on a rotating shift schedule. Human Factors, 36, pages 269-284.

Tepas, D.I. (1994) The special relevance of research on shiftworkers employed in manufacturing to work schedule problems in the transportation industry. Proceedings of the 12th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, 5, pages 26-27.

Paley, M.J., Herbert, L.B. and Tepas, D.I. (1994) Long term evaluation of a compressed, rapidly rotating work schedule. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 38th Annual Meeting–1994, pages 749-753 .

Carvalhais, A.B., Tepas, D.I. and Paley, M.J. (1994) An evaluation of a coast guard “live-aboard” concept: Can crews adapt to a restricted living and operational environment. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 38th Annual Meeting–1994, pages 873-877.

Paley, D.I. and Tepas, D.I. (1994) Do smart highways + intelligent vehicles = new kinds of human factors display problems? Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers Proceedings Series, Volume 2344, pages 199-206