Ranjana Mehta

Assistant Professor (Courtesy Appointment)

Director, Neuro Ergonomics Lab

Graduate Faculty, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience

Graduate Faculty, Center for Remote Health Technologies & Systems

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Research Interests

Research in the NeuroErgonomics Lab utilizes theories, methods, and techniques from physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, psychology, and public health to better understand operator behavior and capabilities when interacting with simple and complex work systems.  HF/E investigations involve examining multifactorial causes and consequences of operator stress and fatigue, brain-behavior relationships with changing workforce demographics (aging, obesity), and development of HF/E tools to assess operator health and performance in hazardous work environments.

Awards & Honors

  • James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award, American Public Health Association, 2014

Education

  • Ph.D., M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (Human Factors), Virginia Tech University
  • M.Eng., Industrial Engineering (Engineering Management), State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.Eng., Production Engineering, University of Mumbai, India

Selected Publications

Mehta, RK. (2016) Integrating Physical and Cognitive Ergonomics, IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 4:2-3, 83-87, DOI: 10.1080/21577323.2016.1207475

Osofundiya. O., Benden, ME., Dowdy, D., & Mehta, RK. (2016). Obesity-specific neural cost of maintaining gait performance under complex conditions in community-dwelling older adults. Clinical Biomechanics, 35, 42-48

Pajoutan, M., Mehta, RK., & Cavuoto, LA. (2016). The effect of obesity on central activation failure during ankle fatigue: a pilot investigation. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 1-12

Mehta, RK., Shortz, AE., Benden, ME. (2016). Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 1: 59

Shortz, AE., Pickens, A., Zheng, Q., & Mehta, RK. (2015). The effect of cognitive fatigue on prefrontal cortex correlates of neuromuscular fatigue in older women. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 12(1), 1

Mehta, RK. (2016). Stunted PFC activity during neuromuscular control under stress with obesity. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(2), 319-326

Mehta, RK. (2015). Impacts of obesity and stress on neuromuscular fatigue development and associated heart rate variability. International Journal of Obesity, 39(2), 208-213

Mehta, RK. & Cavuoto, LA. (2015). The effects of obesity, age, and relative force levels on handgrip endurance. Applied Ergonomics, 46(A), 91-95

Mehta, RK. & Parasuraman, R. (2014). The effect of mental fatigue on the development of physical fatigue: A neuroergonomic approach. Human Factors, 56(4), 645-656

Mehta, RK. & Parasuraman, R. (2013). Neuroergonomics: A Review of Applications to Physical and Cognitive Work. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:889. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00889