Human interest

"Human interest"
By Jeanne Mettner, Minnesota Medicine, March 2008

Kathleen Harder (Center for Human Factors Systems Research and Design) is profiled in this Minnesota Medicine "Quality Rounds" column.

"Harder, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Minnesota, is an expert in human factors research and design, the focus of which is creating systems, work processes, and technologies that facilitate better human performance at work and elsewhere. Typically, human factors experts work with government or industry. Harder is one of the first to work with health care systems."

In the article Harder says she considers her human factors research to be design work: "My approach is somewhat similar to what designers or architects do, but instead of designing clothing or buildings, we are designing information."