Dr. Seaver holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests are broadly focused on optimizing simulation-based training systems and treatment methods by utilizing the science of learning.
In particular, she is interested in how individual-level differences in cognition (i.e., capacities to carry out certain cognitive tasks) impact training and treatment outcomes in virtual environments. In that same vein, she is interested in advancing the design of virtual reality systems (notably those designed for the treatment of PTSD) based off of what we know about human capabilities and limitations in attention, memory, perception, etc. Finally, she is especially interested in research methodology. This includes but is not limited to mixed-effects models/multilevel models, mediation models, general latent variable models, finite mixture modeling, bootstrapping, and various psychometric issues.