Neil Charness is the William G. Chase Professor of Psychology.
He received his BA from McGill University (1969) and MSc and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1971, 1974) in Psychology. He was an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada (1974-1977), then Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1977-1994), before joining the Psychology Department at Florida State University in 1994.
Professor Charness's research centers on understanding the aging process and its implications for technology use (particularly for health), work performance, and expert performance. He also conducts human factors research on older driver and pedestrian safety. These research projects are being funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, and the US Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Professor Charness is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Psychology and Aging, and Gerontechnology. He is a past editor of the Canadian Journal on Aging/Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement. He was on the editorial boards of Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition; Psychological Bulletin; and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. He was made an Honorary Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology. He has been a visiting scholar at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, the University of Victoria, Canada, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin.
His most recent co-authored books are Charness, Demiris & Krupinski 's Designing telehealth for an aging population: A human factors perspective (2011) and Fisk, Rogers, Charness, Czaja & Sharit's Designing for older adults: Principles and creative human factors approaches, 2nd Edition (2009).