In addition to hands-on experience in many industries, our team of researchers have MS and PhD degrees in human factors and cognitive science, with significant experience in research design, fielding, advanced statistical analysis and reporting. Originally hailing from HP, IBM, Fitch and Google, our team helps clients answer important user-centered design questions, enabling clients to make informed, confident decisions.
Our team provides user research in the field, online and in our in-house usability labs. We also provide comprehensive participant recruiting and research participant management.
We count among our clients’ world-class organizations such as Ford, Google, Hewlett Packard, Honda, Hyundai, Vantage Mobility International, CR Bard, Karl Storz Endoscopy, Medtronic, SynCardia Systems, Terumo and many others.
Russell J. Branaghan
We were founded by Dr. Russell J. Branaghan, who serves as our Scientific Advisor. Russ enjoys teaching, mentoring and research as a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Human Factors at Arizona State University and as a long-standing Visiting Professor at Northwestern University. Russ is also integrated in the human factors arena, where he currently serves as Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Product Design Technical Group, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Factors, and on the Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. An avid researcher and writer, Russ has authored over 40 articles and one book. He also served an appointment as the Managing Editor of User Experience Magazine. With over 20 years of industry experience and consulting to over half of the Fortune 100, Russ brings his expertise and vision to Research Collective.
Vice President of Human Factors & User Experience
Bryant is the Vice President of Human Factors and User Experience at Research Collective. He guides human factors efforts for medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, automakers, consumer product manufacturers and more. His healthcare experience includes a wide range of products: surgical instruments, diagnostic equipment, combination products, pump programmers, artificial organs, home-use devices, and over-the-counter products. He has also led research and design efforts for in-car infotainment systems, automated/driverless systems, and audio/visual navigation tools. As a UX researcher at Google X, Bryant performed research for products like Google Glass and Project Loon. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology (Human Factors), both from Arizona State University.
Vice President of Operations
Tonya comes from the hospitality and event management industry, where she managed associations, coordinated conventions and trade shows, and served in hotel management. As a result, her team of Client Service Specialists excel at customer service, taking care of even the smallest details. This team ensures that everyone – colleagues, clients, and participants – are provided with the best data, and the best experience possible.
Director of Human Factors
Dr. Emily Hildebrand is a cognitive scientist by training with specialized expertise in human factors along with 8+ years of healthcare-specific experience. Emily has performed various human factors evaluations such as usability testing, workflow studies, and use-error analyses with regard to medical devices, systems, and environments for industry-leading clients. Her industry experience includes managing product design and user experience-related projects for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients across a variety of fields including medical devices, consumer products, instructional materials, and internet sites. She also has extensive experience with product failure analysis and expert witness litigation support. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Science at Arizona State University, during which time she worked at the Mayo Clinic performing prospective observations in the operating room and conducting research on surgical teamwork, handoffs, and flow disruptions. Prior to that, Emily conducted research at the Phoenix VA Health Care System to determine human factors issues involved in the reprocessing practices of reusable medical equipment. This research culminated in design guidance recommendations to FDA and AAMI for improving the usability of reprocessing instructions for use (IFU).
Senior Human Factors Scientist
Joe received a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and a MS in Applied Psychology (Human Factors) from Arizona State, where he was named Fulton Schools of Engineering’s “Outstanding Graduate Student”. He has published papers on judgment and decision-making, education and technology, and educational ergonomics. At ZocDoc, Joe trained doctors and staff to optimize patient volume. At Research Collective, Joe conducts research for major automotive, healthcare, and educational organizations — his contributions include planning, data collection, design, statistical analyses, and adding to our creative culture.
Human Factors Scientist
Anders received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and M.S. in Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Stemming from his thesis work, Anders is interested in motion capture technology, the measurement of kinematic movements under stress, and the overall effects of stress on performance. His time with us has led him to experience conducting ethnographic studies, usability tests, and task analyses in automotive and healthcare settings. Moderating interviews and usability tests is a personal favorite as he finds they provide perfect opportunities to not only meet new people, but also study human behavior in a unique way.
Human Factors Researcher
Sarai can be found working on a variety of projects.From screener development to fielding to data analysis, she enjoys all aspects of research projects. Her human factors experience includes medical device evaluations, consumer research, product usability, and product design. Sarai earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is also a licensed pharmacy technician and previously worked as a clinical administrator at the Apothecary Shops in Tucson. Sarai, a lifelong dancer, was a 4-year member of the University of Arizona Pom Line. Outside of Research Collective, she continues to share her passion for dance by teaching children from ages 2-18 years old.
Driven by a passion to succeed by helping others succeed, Greta thrives at fostering efficiency in team-oriented environments where she gladly wears many different hats. She joined our team after a relocation from Ohio where she worked for a product design consultancy for the past 11 years. Drawing upon her unique background, Greta is our Program Manager, acting as a project liaison, assisting with recruiting research participants and working behind the scenes tending to project details. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, hiking and spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors.
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