Erin E. Chernak, Ph.D.

Emeritus, Science Advisory Board

Dr. Erin Chernak (formerly Erin Bowen) is the A. Dale Thompson Endowed Professor of Leadership and Director of the Insights for Organizations Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. As a scientist, educator, and consultant in talent, leadership, training, and organizational learning & development, Dr. Chernak is a leader in using both qualitative and quantitative data skills in an interdisciplinary focus on applying psychological science to high-consequence industries. Her expertise is regularly relied upon by national and international news media, including appearances on Good Morning America, Meet the Press, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others.

Dr. Chernak serves as an appointed member and Committee Research Coordinator of the Aviation Safety, Security, & Emergency Management committee of the Transportation Research Board (part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine), as well as serving as incoming chair for the Media subcommittee of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Prior to joining UTA, Erin was founding Chair and Professor in the Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, as well as Director of the Robertson Safety Institute. She has also spent time on the faculty of Purdue University and as an independent contractor focused on organizational dynamics and behavior.

Erin holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Saint Louis University, with a doctoral minor in Research Methodology. She is currently completing an additional Master’s degree in History from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Dr. Chernak’s research and practice interests include:

  • Leadership in aviation and high-consequence industries
  • Organizational culture
  • Team performance
  • Safety, decision-making, and human error in the aviation industry