an Explore Mars Event

May 7-8, 2024

Jack Morton Auditorium,

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


Dr. Lauren Blackwell Landon

KBR, Inc. | Team Risk Discipline Scientist

Dr. Lauren Blackwell Landon is the Team Risk Discipline Scientist in the Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP) Element in NASA’s Human Research Program, and a scientist in the Behavioral Health & Performance (BHP) Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Her research is focused on teams living and working in extreme environments, examining team composition and teamwork processes as they influences team performance and functioning over time. She has studied teams in Antarctica, the military, space simulation analogs, mountain climbing expeditions, scientific research teams, aviation, and space. Dr. Landon also trains team skills to astronauts and flight controllers and has supported the NASA Astronaut Selection Team. She previously worked as an organizational development consultant at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and as a human factors researcher for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has worked on research projects funded by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and National Science Foundation (NSF), among other organizations. In addition to publications in technical books and scientific journals such as American Psychologist, Frontiers in Psychology, and Human Factors, she recently co-edited a two-volume book series titled “Psychology and Human Performance in Space Programs.” She earned all four of her degrees from the University of Oklahoma, including her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.