Dr. Robert S. Kennedy

Dr. Robert S. Kennedy is the founder and President of RSK Assessments, Inc. He brings a tradition of hard work, strong scientific principles, and a drive to make the world better through examining human abilities as they exist and behave in this technological era of change. The following is a brief summary of his CV. For a complete CV, click on the following link: RSKResume


Ph.D.        Experimental Psychology, University of Rochester, NY, 1972

Major: Sensation and Perception

Special Emphases: Engineering Psychology, Vestibular Functions

M.A.         Experimental Psychology, Fordham University, New York, NY, 1959

Undergraduate Experimental Psychology courses, Fordham University, 1957

B.A.          English, Philosophy, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, 1957

Professional Brief

Dr. Kennedy has 50 years of experience as a human factors professional: 22 years U.S. Navy active duty & the past 28 years as a human factors scientist in industry.  Currently his scientific studies encompass development of computerized tests of human capability (vision, perception, cognition, psychomotor skill, posture & balance); effects of practice on information processing; disorientation & motion sickness; human-computer interaction & visual requirements for flight simulators & virtual reality devices; human performance measurement & stability and reliability of human performance over repeated measures.  His work has been sponsored by DARPA, DoD (Army, Navy, Air Force), NASA, DOT (FAA & USCG), & NIH (NIAAA, NEI, NIA & NSC).  The distribution of his unclassified work includes performance testing & human factors engineering (30%), motion sickness, disorientation & vestibular functions (30%), vision & visual perception (25%) & selection, training & training equipment (15%).  He is a bench worker & since leaving the Navy in 1981, he has technically directed 60 projects (aggregate budgets $20M).  He consults with attorneys in human factors vehicular accidents, trips & falls, vision/visual perception, alcohol effects on performance, reaction time & related matters.

Professional History in Human Factors


Active Duty Navy


7 Navy Labs, 4 Medical, 2 Engineering; 1 Bioengineering;

Retired Commander, USN


1981-present (Canyon Research; Essex; Star Mountain; Carnegie Mellon Truck Driver Training and Safety Institute; RSK Assessments)



20+ years                University of Central Florida: 80% graduate courses

2 years                     University of Southern California: graduate courses



Franklin Taylor Award, APA Div 21, 1996

Aerospace Medical Assoc. Raymond F. Longacre Award – 1993

U.S. Navy Commendation Medal – 1971


Professional Societies       

Member 17; Fellow 4


Certifications and Committees

Certified Professional Ergonomist – Board Certif. Profess. Ergo. #201 – 15 Dec 1993

International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety – 1993

Southern Building Code Congress International, Member #27483 – 1995

Referee for Research Grants for the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) 1996, 1999, 2006

Institutional Review Board (IRB), University of Central Florida, 1999-2009




ALZA; American Institute for Biological Sciences; Battelle; Bolt, Beranek, & Newman; Crew Systems Ergonomics Information Analysis Center (CSERIAC); Design Interactive, Inc.; Enzian Corp; Glaxo Wellcome; Martin Marietta; Monterey Technologies, Inc.; Performance Metrics; Systems Technology, Inc.; Tokyo Electric Power; TRW/National Advanced Driving Simulator; Universities Space Research Association; National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council; NASA/Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center; Navy Medical Research and Development Command; Defense Simulation and Modeling Office, WDI


Expert Witness in Human Factors:

Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, DC; Canada – Ontario and Calgary.

Publications          (Full publications list available upon request)



Total Citations

Peer Reviewed

Journals, Book Chapters, etc.



Government Reports



Unpublished Presentations

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