Prior to coming to Stanford University, I served as a Human Performance Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigating the human causes of major transportation accidents. I was also the Deputy Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and a Human Factors Research Scientist at the US Merchant Marine Academy.

Current Role at Stanford

Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Green Library Reference Department

Education & Certifications

  • B.A., Brandeis University, Psychology (1971)
  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University, Developmental Psychology (1978)

All Publications

  • The Accident Investigator's Perspective Cockpit resource management Kayten, P. J. Academic Press. 1993; 1: 283–314
  • Fatigue, alcohol and drug involvement in transportation system accidents Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Lauber, J. K., Kayten, P. J. 1989; 5 (3): 173-184
  • Human Performance Factors in Aircraft Accident Investigation Kayten, P. Society of Automotive Engineers. Herndon, VA. 1989 ; SAE Human Error Avoidance Techniques Conference, Second (892608):
  • Sleepiness, circadian dysrhythmia, and fatigue in transportation system accidents. Sleep: Journal of Sleep Research & Sleep Medicine Lauber, J. K., Kayten, P. J. 1988; 11 (6): 503-512
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF CREW TRAINING AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES IN COMMERCIAL VESSEL ACCIDENT PREVENTION 10th Ship Technology and Research Symposium Esbensen, P., Johnson, R. E., Kayten, P. British Maritime Technology Transportation Research Board. 1985: 285–307
  • Assessment of simulator-based training for the enhancement of cadet watch officer performance Kayten, P. J., King, Jr., T. A., Korosh, W. M. United States.; Maritime Administration.; Office of Research and Development.: National Maritime Research Center. Kings Point, NY. 1982 ; CAORF technical report (CAORF 15-8110-02): 69 pages


    The objective of the research described was to assess the equivalence of varied amounts of simulator experience to simulator-applicable skills assumedly acquired during the nominal one year sea-time experience required of maritime academy graduates. This research represented a preliminary attempt to discover what types of watchstanding skills might be trained on a simulator and how much simulator training would be necessary to promote the acquisition of these skills such that performance by simulator-trained cadets might equal that of cadets trained at sea. The specific watchstanding tasks chosen were arrived at by referring to the tasks required of cadets in their one year of sea duty and logged in their academic files at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.