Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

Susan Chrysler

  • Senior Research Scientist, Transportation Operations Group, Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Susan Chrysler is a human factors psychologist specializing in improving the roadway users’ experience through optimizing roadway design, traffic control device, and traffic operations. Chrysler is currently a senior research scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Traffic Operations and Roadway Safety Division and is the former Director of Research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa. She began her career at the 3M Company Traffic Control Materials Division laboratory working with human response to retroreflective materials. Chrysler’s areas of expertise include human factors, driving simulation, driver behavior, driver distraction, traffic operations, visibility, and photometry. Throughout her 20 year career, Chrysler has been a leader in professional societies and standards committees. She has been an active member and leader of several National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board committees. She is the immediate past chair of committee AND10 Vehicle User Characteristics and is a member of AND25 Highway Safety Performance. She served on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for the SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving study. She has led or participated in numerous projects on work zone safety, driver distraction and human factors in-vehicle research on test tracks and open road.

Research Interests

  • Human factors
  • Driver behavior
  • Visual attention
  • Traffic operations
  • Visibility
  • Photometry

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota