John Deaton

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology

Dr. Deaton has worked in the area of Human Factors Psychology for over 35 years. He is a full-time professor and Dean at a local Orlando university and is responsible for conducting most of the human factors classes as well as leading research efforts in that area. Dr. Deaton's primary degree (Ph.D.) is in Applied Experimental Psychology, but he also has a Master's degree in Theology. Dr. Deaton is an adjunct Professor at Walden, and generally teaches the research method courses and statistics. He has interests in aviation psychology, human performance, cockpit automation, long-term space flight issues, psychology and religion, cross-cultural psychology, intelligent tutoring systems (training), and NEXTGEN technologies (future commercial aircraft technologies). Dr. Deaton is a retired Navy Commander, having worked in the military as an Experimental Aviation Psychologist, which entailed the completion of basic flight training.

Courses Taught

RSCH 6100 - Research Methods


PhD, The Catholic University of America

M.P.S., Loyola University

MA, San Diego State University

BA, San Diego State University

Awards / Honors

Best Paper Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, , 2006

Navy Commendation Medal, , 1995

Selected as Semi Finalist for NASA Astronaut Program, , 1994

Winner of Herman Salmon Technical Publications Award, , 1992


Adam, H., Deaton, J., Hansrote, R., Sheikh, M. (2004). An analysis of GPS use and human performance in aviation. International Journal of Applied Aviation Science

Bowers, C., Deaton, J., Oser, R., Prince, C., Kolb, M. (1995). The impact of automation on crew communication and performance. International Journal of Aviation Psychology

Gilson, R., Deaton, J., Mouloua, M. (1996). Coping with complex alarms. Ergonomics in Design

Clarke, A., Deaton, J., Villaire, N., Sheikh, M. (2004). Development of a small aircraft maintenance monitoring system (SAMMS) interface for in-flight mechanical fault management. International Journal of Applied Aviation Science

Deaton, J., Berg, S., Richlin, M., Litrownik, A. (1977). Coping activities in solitary confinement of U.S. Navy POWs in Vietnam. Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Griffith, R., Deaton, J., Steelman, L. (2003). I/O psychology and the synthetic team member: The blue pill or the red pill?. The Industrial Organizational Psychologist

Deaton, J., Hitchcock, E., Warner, N. (1994). Human performance under high G environments: A comparison of upright and reclined seat configurations. SAFE Journal

Deaton, J., Parasuraman, R. (1993). Sensory and cognitive vigilance: Effects of age on performance and subjective workload. Human Performance