Ericka Rovira, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Psychology Program, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Her research interest is in human automation interaction in complex domains. Specifically, her expertise lies in designing automation tools taking into account the cognitive capabilities and limitations of human operators in complex environments. Ericka’s research interests have led her to explore if genetics can predict operational performance including land navigation with West Point cadets during summer field training. Most recently, Dr. Rovira’s goal is to determine if individual differences in normal cognition may also relate to performance with automated support tools.
In the last nine years, Dr. Rovira has taught hundreds of cadets across all four class years. She routinely includes cadets in collaborative research projects with various Army labs, Navy labs, Mitre, Clemson University, George Mason University, and North Carolina State UIniversity. Military projects have included evaluating TiGR (Tactical Ground Reporting Tool for Patrol Leaders), DCGS-A (Distributed Common Ground System - Army) supporting efforts for COBRA (Collaborated Battlespace Reasoning Awareness), and simulations with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets.
Dr. Rovira is a Fellow and the Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology Division. Ericka sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Ericka cofounded USMA’s Excel Scholars Program. The Excel Scholars Program is an Academy level program that seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented cadets that excel at the Academy in all three pillars, and win post-graduate fellowships. Under the direction of Dr. Rovira the first African American male and female cadets have gone on to attend Ph. D. and Masters graduate programs at Northwestern and MIT, respectively.