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 Google, Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Hewlett Packard, Medtronic, Becton-Dickinson, Smith & Nephew, Alere, and many others.
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.
Bryant earned a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at Arizona State University. While at Google, Bryant performed user experience research for projects like Google Glass and Project Loon. He’s conducted research for medical device manufacturers seeking FDA human factors approval of combination products, infusion pump programmers, instructional materials and OTC products. He has also developed usability studies for in-car infotainment systems along with audio/visual navigation tools, and studied team performance through advanced UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) simulators.
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.
Duke brings his 20 years experience in sales and marketing to run our business development group and grow our client relationships. In his recent past, he co-founded, built, and sold a successful startup over a 4-year period and was named a top entrepreneur in Arizona (“40 under 40”) by BizAZ magazine and the Arizona Republic. A proud graduate of the University of Arizona, he spends his free time with his wife and young son.
Associate Human Factors and User Experience Research
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.
Kate studied design technologies at Arizona State University with a focus on data visualization and information architecture. She comes with years of experience for a wide variety of small businesses and larger companies focusing on utilizing data as a means to illustrate strategy. The knowledge Kate has acquired in the industry, coupled with her artistic talent and unrelenting passion for design, has allowed her to transform even the most complicated of theories, techniques and strategies, into visual communication solutions and effective user experiences.
Sarai Westbrook 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.
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.
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