• Assistant Professor
  • 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
Ranjana Mehta

Educational Background

  • 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

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

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