David Schuster

Schuster, David

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Principal Investigator, Virtual Environments, Cognition, and Training Research (VECTR) Lab


Preferred: david.schuster@sjsu.edu


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Univ. of Central Florida, Florida, United States, 2013
  • Master of Arts, Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology, Univ. of Central Florida, Florida, United States, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Univ. of Tampa, Florida, United States, 2006


Dave Schuster earned his Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2013. He joined the SJSU Department of Psychology the same year. Dr. Schuster teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, including human factors and ergonomics, statistics, and research methods. 

Dr. Schuster’s research centers on understanding individual and shared cognition in complex environments. He has conducted research in domains such as aviation, transportation security training, and military human-robot interaction. His research interests include the cognitive aspects of cybersecurity, situation awareness in human-automation teams, the impact of video games on task performance, and perceptual training for real-world pattern recognition. In 2016, Dr. Schuster was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to investigate the cognitive factors of computer network defense.

Dr. Schuster’s work has appeared in Ergonomics and Human Factors. Dr. Schuster has presented at the IEEE Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support and the NATO Information Systems and Technology Panel Symposium on Emerged and Emerging Disruptive Technologies. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.