Joseph Cohen, Ph.D., CPE
Joseph Cohen is a human factors professional, certified ergonomist, and forensic specialist. As a consultant or designated subject-matter expert, Joseph has demonstrated service in project-based and legal engagements. During his 20-year career, he has studied topics such as human motion, interface analysis and design, sensation and perception, cognition, and the influence of expectations, including environmental and other factors that shape human behavior and human performance. Joseph presently advises clients litigating personal injury claims and suits involving falls, crashes, exposures and other serious events. His work with risk and legal clients often focuses on topics pertaining to human limitations (e.g., human error) and capabilities, including but not limited to visual behavior and performance, cognitive issues, motor skills, automatic behavior, and selection of action.
A published authority, Joseph has a record of service to professional organizations including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE), and ASTM International. California Superior and Nevada District courts have heard his testimony during civil proceedings about human factors issues in liability and causation. In 1997 he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from U.C. Riverside, in 2000 a M.A. degree in Psychology (human factors and applied-experimental option) from California State University, Northridge, and in 2005 and 2009, respectively, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego (with honors)
Joseph’s experience includes retention by lawyers and law firms representing individuals, businesses, and others including governments (local, county, state, and federal) and governmental agencies. He has been retained by clients located in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Utah, and Washington. Case issues typically include same-level falls, falls from elevation, workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and pedestrian collisions, common carriers and transportation, design defects, and failure to warn.
Dr. Cohen is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Certified Hazard Control Manager, and a Certified XL tribometerist.
Cindy LaRue, M.S.
Cindy’s research and consulting activities include but are not limited to pedestrian safety, ladders, and warnings and risk communications. She has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed writings on pedestrian falls. She is a co-author of the book, Slips, Trips, Missteps and their Consequences (Second Edition) by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company. Cindy began her career as a software quality engineer with General Dynamics in San Diego, CA, later shifting her emphasis to human factors engineering with companies Safety Sciences, Inc. and Cohen & Associates prior to her current role as Senior Consultant with EAI.
Cindy holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in Human Factors Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Management from the USC. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
Certified XL Tribometrist (CXLT)
H. Harvey Cohen, Ph.D. CPE
Harvey Cohen founded Error Analysis, Inc. having recognized a need in the U.S. legal system for scientist-practitioners with expertise who could truly and accurately describe the complex nature of causation of serious injuries in major incident and catastrophes. Harvey Cohen served many courts in North America from the late-1980s to the late 2010s, significantly advancing forensics through his human factors and safety research and its application to scientific and professional inquiry in claims and litigation, most notably in the areas of occupational safety and personal injury.
Following an early career at the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the 1970s, Dr. Cohen in the 1980s co-led Safety Sciences (San Diego, CA) on human factors and safety research funded under contract by various public and private sources. He later formed Cohen and Associates (which later incorporated as Error Analysis, Inc.) to further its litigation practice. Over the next 30-plus years, Dr. Cohen served as a subject matter expert and/or consultant to legal practitioners in nearly all 50 states in America, four U.S. territories (e.g., Guam), and three Canadian provinces.
BooksCohen, H. H., & Rudov, M. H. (2008). The practice of forensic human factors/ergonomics and related safety professionals. Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing.
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2014). The human factors and ergonomics society’s guide to forensic human factors (K. Nemire, J. Cohen, and H. Cohen Eds.). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Bakken, G. M., Cohen, H. H., Abele, J. R., Hyde, A. S., & LaRue, C. A. (2007). Slips, trips, missteps and their consequences (2nd Edition), Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing. (3rd Edition out soon)
Cohen, H. H., & Woodson, W. E. (2005). Principles of forensic human factors/ergonomics. Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company.