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Benjamin Barton

Professor and Department Chair


Student Health Center 211



Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Benjamin Barton teaches courses in human development, human factors design, and research methods. His research focuses on etiology and prevention of unintentional injuries.

» Watch Dr. Barton’s Research on Unintentional Injuries

  • Ph.D, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005

Dr. Barton's research focuses on unintentional injury etiology and prevention, with a focus on transportation safety. Dr. Barton has conducted research for more than two decades on topics such as pedestrian safety, firearms safety, quiet vehicle technology, automated vehicles, interface design in the nuclear industry, human error, and broader modeling of factors in the accident process.

  • Human development
  • Injury etiology
  • Injury prevention

  • Pugliese, B. J. & Barton, B. K. (in press). Slicing through the layers of pediatric unintentional injury with the Swiss cheese model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Pugliese, B. J., Barton, B. K., & Lopez, G. (2023). Predicting behavioral intentions for unsafe off-highway vehicle use. Journal of Safety Research, 84, 404-410.
  • *Pugliese, B. J. & Barton, B. K. (2022). Falling for smartphones: A smartphone-centric data collection tool for distracted walking. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 90, 15-21.
  • Barton, B. K. & *Pugliese, B. J. (2022). BASE: Pragmatic injury prevention for practitioners. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 15598276221083566.
  • Barton, B. K., *Davis, S. J., & *Pugliese, B. J. (2021). A risk appraisal framework for injury etiology. Health Promotion Practice, 15248399211018167.

*Graduate student

  • Palouse Injury Research Laboratory

Traffic safety efforts at the local and state levels

  • President’s Mid-Career Faculty Award - 2014

  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: Increasing Addictions Training and Certification Amongst Undergraduate Students and Professionals With Master’s Level or Greater Certifications.  $179,412
  • Idaho National Laboratory: Thermal Power Dispatch ConOps Development and Experiment Support.  $44,274
  • Nissan Technical Center North America: The Influence of Automated Vehicle Sounds on Driver Stress and Negative Affect.   $25,191
  • Nissan Technical Center North America: Automation, Stress, and Negative Affect in Automobile Operation.  $9,367
  • Nissan Technical Center North America: Developmental influences on auditory detection of vehicles.  $13,269

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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