Janet Weisenberger is Senior Associate Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University.
In this role, Weisenberger is responsible for helping to guide the university’s wide range of research activities. She oversees research services, including support of research grants and contracts, as well as the protection of human participants in research and the welfare of research animals. As the University’s Institutional Official, she also helps to ensure that all researchers are educated about the ethics of research.
Her research interests are in human perception in virtual environments and simulations. She is the Director of Ohio State’s Driving Simulation Laboratory, which focuses on studies of driver behavior, including interactions with infotainment systems, driver distraction, and driver perception of vehicle warnings in present and future vehicles. Much of this work is done in partnership with automakers and industries that design and construct vehicle components for automakers. Over the years, her research in multimodal perception has been funded from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Education, State of Ohio, industry, and private foundations.
Weisenberger is also professor of speech and hearing science at Ohio State. She received her doctorate in psychology in 1981 from Indiana University, and following 10 years as a research scientist and professor of speech and hearing science at Washington University in St. Louis, joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1991 She is a fellow and past vice president of the Acoustical Society of America.