Jeffrey S. Hickman

Consultant / Ph.D. / Ann Arbor


Dr. Hickman has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His Ph.D. research focused on occupational safety using goal-setting and feedback techniques to increase safe work behaviors. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Hickman was employed at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for 18 years. He has considerable experience assisting clients understand issues related to occupational/industrial safety and vehicle operator behavior.

Dr. Hickman’s safety research and experience include human factors, behavior, fatigue, drowsiness, driver duty status, attention, glance patterns, electronic device use, regulations/policies, drugs and alcohol, warnings, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automated driving systems (ADS), and many other safety technologies. Dr. Hickman investigated the effects of visual displays and infotainment systems on driver attention. His expertise is broadly defined as occupational/industrial safety and health, including behavioral safety, person-based safety, safety culture, prompts, warnings, safety management techniques, education and training, personal protective equipment, and operator health.

Dr. Hickman is a current member of the SAE Truck and Bus Automation Safety Committee, SAE Driver Metrics Committee, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Council. He is the former chair of SAE Task Force: J3198 - Driver Drowsiness and Fatigue in the Safe Operation of Vehicles – Definition of Terms and Concepts. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 65 research projects totaling over $43 million. Dr. Hickman has delivered more than 130 professional presentations and published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports.


• Psychology, B.S.: University of Florida
• Clinical Psychology, M.S.: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University