Air Force Research Laboratory
Regina M. Shia is a research psychologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB, OH. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wheeling Jesuit University where she was awarded the Reverend Frank Haig Science Award for her undergraduate thesis. Her Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology was awarded from the University of Dayton in 2001. She then pursued a position to teach for the evening division of the Human Factors Psychology program at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. She received her PhD. in 2008 in Human Factors Psychology from Wright State University where she studied the interaction of affect and fatigue on cognitive performance.
She worked as a full-time research scientist at NTI, Inc in Dayton, OH from 2002-2006, where she studied the development of cognitive testing procedures for the identification of performance decrements due to various stressors.
Dr. Shia is currently leading a comprehensive, diverse effort to test biomarker relationships of Battlefield Airmen stress resilience, providing foundational data for the development of near real-time biosensing. Dr. Shia is also leading a performance and safety initiative for real-time physiological sensing during early Battlefield Airmen training that currently led to ~50 mitigations of heat stress/injuries. In addition, Dr. Shia initiated a program to develop technology that will record SpO2 and heart rate in aquatic environments. The objective of this program is to reduce the number of shallow water blackouts that occur across all of the DoD.
Dr. Shia has a multidisciplinary approach to solving AF problems by collaborating with Subject Matter Experts, Exercise Physiologists, Material Engineers, and other professionals in AFRL, ARL and the NAMRU.