Element Scientist for HFBP. Affiliated with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) since 2015, Tom directs a multi-disciplined team of scientists focused on human factors in the areas of habitability, mission processes and tasks, human automation robotic interactions, dynamic loads, and training; as well as spaceflight risks related to behavioral medicine, sleep and fatigue, and team performance. The task of this research team is to mitigate critical risks to human health and performance on long-duration space expeditions. Tom ensures human research also focuses on the development of protective countermeasures to enable humans to live and work safely and effectively in space.
Tom holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University and master’s degrees in community/clinical psychology from Truman State University, and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Prior to becoming Element Scientist for HFBP, Tom directed the Behavioral Health and Performance Laboratory at JSC and contributed to leadership development and resiliency programs for the U.S. Army, the Coast Guard, and the Air War College.