Biographies - Staff
ENSAR BECIC, PhD
Dr. Ensar Becic is a project manager and human performance investigator within the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board. He has more than eight years of experience developing, designing, and conducting studies in the area of cognitive psychology and human factors. Dr. Becic received his doctorate in psychology in 2009 from the University of Illinois, with a focus on visual cognition and human performance.
Dr. Becic's main focus area is on how humans perceive and interact with their technology-laden environment within the context of driving and how cognitive and perceptual processes within these environments can be improved. Dr. Becic has conducted and published multiple reports and projects investigating the efficacy of infrastructure and in-vehicle-based Cooperative Intersection Collison Avoidance Systems, impact of modalities of collision warnings, and the impact of distraction, age, and visibility when using these systems. Dr. Becic has authored more than 15 journal publications and many conference presentations and proceedings.
Mr. Kenneth Bragg is an accident investigator (human performance) in the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Before joining the NTSB in 2013, he served as a traffic homicide investigator with the Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland for 14 years. Mr. Bragg is a court-recognized expert in accident reconstruction and has served as a commercial motor vehicle inspector, specializing in motorcoaches and the transportation of hazardous materials.
DEBORAH BRUCE, PhD
Dr. Deborah Bruce has been with the National Transportation Safety Board since 1996, working as a transportation research analyst and more recently as a project manager in the Office of Highway Safety. Prior to joining NTSB, she worked in the private sector as a human factors specialist in charge of air traffic control research projects.
She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. She received her second master's degree and a doctorate in human factors engineering from George Mason University. Her dissertation research looked at the effectiveness of in-vehicle auditory information displays.
Mr. Dennis Collins currently serves as a senior accident investigator (human performance) in the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He has participated in more than 50 NTSB accident investigations, including those occurring in Gray Summit, Missouri; Victoria, Texas; Mexican Hat, Utah; Doswell, Virginia; and Chesterfield, New Jersey. Additionally, Mr. Collins has played a key role in a number of NTSB safety forums and is considered an expert in child passenger safety.
He holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. His master's degree focused on the human factors of driving.
RAFAEL MARSHALL, PhD, MPH
Dr. Rafael Marshall is a senior project manager and human performance investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. He has managed the production of 17 accident reports and special investigations that have examined such issues as driver distraction, fatigue, medical incapacitation, highway-railroad crossing safety, motorcoach safety, and work zone design. He has organized and led public hearings and forums on driver medical oversight and truck and bus safety. He has also acted as the human performance investigator on two major crashes.
Dr. Marshall earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from George Mason University and received his master's degree in public health from The George Washington University.
MARY PAT MCKAY, MD, MPH
Dr. Mary Pat McKay is a Board-certified emergency medicine physician with nearly 20 years of academic experience in transportation safety and injury prevention research. She joined the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in December 2012 as the agency's chief medical officer. Before joining the NTSB, Dr. McKay was a professor of emergency medicine and public health and a research director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University (GWU), as well as the university's director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Dr. McKay is the author of dozens of papers and book chapters, and has been invited to present her work throughout the world. Currently, she serves as adjunct professor of emergency medicine at GWU and continues to work in an emergency department in northern Virginia. Dr. McKay earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, an MD from Columbia University, and a master's of public health from the University of Pittsburgh.
ROBERT MOLLOY, PhD
Dr. Robert Molloy is currently the deputy director of the National Transportation Safety Board's Office of Highway Safety. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing crash investigations and the development of crash/safety reports. He also served as the chief of the Report Development Division. Prior to joining the Office of Highway Safety, Dr. Molloy designed and carried out safety studies in the NTSB's Office of Research and Engineering, including a study of evacuations of commercial aircraft, an analysis of aviation accident survivability, and a study of pipeline control systems.
His doctorate is in applied experimental psychology from the Catholic University of America.
JANA PRICE, PhD
Dr. Jana Price is a senior human performance investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and chief of the report development division in the NTSB Office of Highway Safety. Dr. Price and her colleagues developed a methodology for documenting operator fatigue in transportation accidents. This work led to the establishment of the NTSB's Training Center course on investigating fatigue factors, where she has trained hundreds of investigators in fatigue issues for nearly a decade. Dr. Price has also led human performance investigations of major highway accidents at the Board and provided support to numerous aviation, railroad, and marine accident investigations involving human fatigue.
Dr. Price's first assignment with NTSB was as a researcher in the Office of Research and Engineering. Over the course of her career, she has led efforts to address alcohol-impaired driving, child passenger safety, motorcycle safety, the efficacy of airbags in small aircraft, and weather-related plane crashes. She was the 2005 recipient of the John K. Lauber Award for technical achievement and received a group achievement award from NASA for her support of the Columbia space shuttle accident investigation. She was recently selected by the Partnership for Public Service as an Excellence in Government fellow. Dr. Price received her doctorate in human factors from the University of Connecticut.