Dr. Maryam Tabibzadeh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She received her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). Her research has been focused on risk analysis in complex safety-critical and technology-intensive industries, such as healthcare, offshore drilling, and transportation sectors. Investigating the role of human and organizational factors, along with technical elements, in those industries from macroergonomics perspective has been a major focus of her research projects. In the healthcare industry, she has conducted research and completed projects in the area of patient safety and development of proactive risk assessment methodologies to enhance quality of care. Some examples of those projects are risk assessment of medical errors including unintended retained foreign objects and wrong site surgery in operating rooms, and systematic investigation of barriers of high quality of care in telehealth implementation.

Maryam Tabibzadeh has served as a reviewer of different scientific journals including the Risk Analysis, Applied Ergonomics, and Safety Science since 2014. In addition, she has been able to present and publish papers in the areas of risk assessment and safety management, accident investigation, and interoperability analysis of multiple emergency response agencies in different peer-reviewed conferences and journals. As part of her accomplishments, she received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award in 2022 and the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award in 2018 from The Engineers’ Council. She has been the College of Engineering and Computer Science Research Fellow at CSUN in 2021-2022. She received the Best Paper Award at the 2018 Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, based on a research project on systematic root cause analysis of medication errors and enhancement of patient safety. She was also among the three finalists for the Human Factors Prize in 2015.