Edewaard, Dr. Darlene
Dr. Darlene Edewaard was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where she completed her undergraduate education at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) in 2011and William Paterson University (WPU) in 2013. She then received her MS in Applied Psychology (2017) and PhD in Human Factors Psychology (2020) at Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Edewaard’s research focuses on human visual perception and applying concepts in vision science to transportation safety issues. More specifically, the purpose of her research at Clemson was to find ways in which bicyclists and pedestrians can make themselves more noticeable to drivers to prevent collisions on shared roadways, such as highlighting moving extremities with lights and/or high visibility materials (emphasizing biomotion). Dr. Edewaard also taught undergraduate classes in Human Factors Psychology, Perception and Sensation, Experimental Research Methods, and Experimental Statistics at Clemson.
During the summers while she was in graduate school, Dr. Edewaard was a Human Factors and Safety Researcher at Trek Bicycle Corporation’s headquarters in Waterloo, WI. While at Trek, she conducted research studies for various teams within the company to help Trek design bikes, apparel, and accessories that would enhance rider safety.
After earning her PhD, Dr. Edewaard contributed to forensic investigations of roadway crashes as an expert witness, and she is passionate about teaching and mentoring students to become good scientists. When she is not doing research or working with students, Dr. Edewaard enjoys outdoor activities (ex. hiking, biking, running, and gardening), being with her family, and fellowshipping with her church community.