HUMAN FACTORS & USABILITY ENGINEERING

Expert Team, Right Sized Projects

Each of our clients has unique needs and regulatory expectations for their human factors activities, so we tailor our processes to find the right balance between project needs and regulatory expectations. Our expert team of human factors psychologists, design researchers and regulatory strategists have the experience to understand your specific needs. This allows them to design the appropriate study and provide superior user experience.

Why Our Human Factors Experts?

Culture

  • Holistic offering: full-service product development from start to finish
  • Scalable: our process adjusts to fit with what you need
  • Flat structure: easy to work with; you’ll communicate directly with our research team

Expertise

  • Degreed scientists: our team understands proper research methodology and regulatory expectations, leading to quality, defendable data you can be confident in
  • Design and engineering support: our staff collaborates across disciplines allowing us to apply a wide range of industry experience and knowledge to your project
  • Usable Results: leveraging our product development knowledge, we translate insights into practical recommendations and next steps that can be implemented by development teams

Why Our Human Factors Experts?

Culture

  • Holistic offering: full-service product development from start to finish
  • Scalable: our process adjusts to fit with what you need
  • Flat structure: easy to work with; you’ll talk directly with the research team from start to finish

Expertise

  • Degreed scientists: our team understands proper research methodology and regulatory expectations, leading to quality, defendable data you can be confident in
  • Design and engineering support: our staff collaborates across disciplines allowing us to apply a wide range of industry experience and knowledge to your project
  • Usable Results: leveraging our product development knowledge, we translate insights into practical recommendations and next steps that can be implemented by development teams

Meet Our Human Factors Experts

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Katie Mowery

SR. HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

With an expertise in human factors psychology, interface and experimental design, Katie is passionate about understanding the way people think and feel, helping clients understand end users’ needs and applying those insights to improve the product’s design.

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Colton Turner

SR. HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

With a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology, Colton enables the product development team to cater to the end-user by conducting and analyzing user research while applying his knowledge of human factors principles.

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Andrew Miranda

SR. HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

Practicing human factors research for over a decade, Andrew uses his diverse experience to provide clients with effective and meaningful design recommendations aimed at making materials safer and more user friendly.

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Sara Bodde

SR. HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

Sara enjoys learning how people interact with the world around them. By applying Human Factors and design principles, she focuses on building distinct research methods that will help clients understand and build toward the needs of the user.

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Ariel Roy

HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

With a M.S. in Human Factors Psychology and a background in medical research, Ariel has a passion for psychology and a desire to uncover user needs and motivations and apply them to design.

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Reade Harpham

SR. MEDICAL DEVICE SPECIALIST

With over 25 years’ experience, Reade is focused on bringing a human centric approach to our medical device development projects. His pragmatic approach to development strikes the balance between technology and humanity, ultimately assuring new technologies live up to their potential.

What We've Done

From contextual research for early design inputs, to summative usability studies supporting FDA submission, our pragmatic usability and human factors research approach finds the answers without breaking the budget.

Medical Device Usability

We conduct formative and summative usability validation studies for FDA submission. Our experience ranges from home use injectables to specialized surgical equipment.

User Comfort and Compliance

Our human factors teams is experienced with assessing and improving the wear experience for a variety of medical and industrial wearables. Ultimately leading to a products that offer superior user experience, comfort, and improved user compliance.

Instructions for Use / User Experience

Our team has the skills and knowledge to identify where your customers’ experience may be missing the mark, and the expertise to help you improve the end-to-end customer experience.

New to Human Factors?

Did you know the field of human factors seeks to study the way people think about, perceive, and interact with the world?

 

By employing sound human factors principles during the product development process, we are able to design and develop products that are safe, usable, useful, and provide a positive user experience. Don’t just take our word for it, through the use of human factors research we design and conduct user research studies to evaluate any product. This provides us with objective and subjective data that lets us know if key product requirements (i.e., safety) are being met.

 

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Experienced with Human Factors?

Are you looking to conduct a formative or summative human factors usability evaluation on your product to demonstrate safe and effective use for a government agency submission (i.e., the FDA)? Or you may be looking to make sure your risk analysis is comprehensive and all of your intended risk mitigations will prove to be successful once your product reaches the market? Maybe you just want to learn more about existing pain points with your product and how those pain points can be alleviated?

 

Our human factors research team is experienced in conducting successful formative and summative validation studies for FDA submissions for a wide variety of medical devices. Our team’s knowledge also extends into the consumer and industrial domains, as we are well versed in evaluating and improving the usability and safety of devices in a variety of domains.

 

Contact Us to see how our experts can augment your team.

Our Services

Here are a few of the research options we offer:

  • Human Factors
  • Usability Engineering
  • Heuristic Evaluations
  • Summative evaluations
  • Formative evaluations
  • Risk Analysis
  • User Experience
  • Journey Mapping
  • User preference testing
  • Value confirmation
  • Co-creation

Research Lab Space

Priority Designs provides four on-site research rooms fully devoted and equipped to run a variety of research studies. All research rooms come fully equipped with:

  • A/V recording equipment, sound and light control, and a speaker system to provide ambient sounds as needed.
  • A quiet, comfortable space capable of facilitating one-on-one sessions or focus groups.
  • A client observation room, with multiple direct A/V feeds to the participant observation room.
  • One lab offers direct viewing through a one-way mirror for clients that prefer to be on-site for research sessions.

Additionally, our space offers two client lounges, for clients to have a space to step out and take calls as needed.

Our Research Services

Here are a few of the research options we offer:

  • Human Factors
  • Usability Engineering
  • Heuristic Evaluations
  • Summative evaluations
  • Formative evaluations
  • Risk Analysis
  • User Experience
  • Journey Mapping
  • User preference testing
  • Value confirmation
  • Co-creation

Research Lab Space

Priority Designs provides four on-site research rooms fully devoted and equipped to run a variety of research studies. All research rooms come fully equipped with:

  • A/V recording equipment, sound and light control, and a speaker system to provide ambient sounds as needed.
  • A quiet, comfortable space capable of facilitating one-on-one sessions or focus groups
  • A client observation room, with multiple direct A/V feeds to the participant observation room
    • One lab offers direct viewing through a one-way mirror for clients that prefer to be on-site for research sessions

Additionally, our space offers two client lounges, for clients to have a space to step out and take calls as needed.

Who We Work With

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