Jean MacMillan

Board of DirectorsJean MacMillan

Member, Board of Directors

Jean MacMillan is a leading expert in understanding, maximizing, and assessing human performance in complex sociotechnical systems. Her 25-year career has spanned a broad range of accomplishments in simulation-based training, human-machine interaction, and user-centered system design.

Prior to joining Aptima in 1997, Dr. MacMillan was a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies and a Senior Cognitive Systems Engineer at Alphatech (now BAE Systems). She is a frequent contributor and strategic advisor to workshops and expert panels on human engineering issues for organizations such as DARPA and the military services. Dr. MacMillan recently co-chaired a three-year National Research Council study on military needs for social and organizational models, which resulted in the publication of Behavioral Modeling and Simulation: From Individuals to Societies.

Dr. MacMillan holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, and is Associate Editor for Cognitive Systems Engineering for the online journal Cognitive Technology.

Notable Publications

MacMillan, J., Freeman, J., Stacy, W., Wiese, E., Ayers, J., & Geyer, A. (in press) Adaptive training in virtual environments. Warfighter Enhancement Activities, 3, 12. MacMillan, J., Entin, E. B., Morley, R., & Bennett, W. (in press). Measuring team performance in complex dynamic environments: The SPOTLITE method. Military Psychology. MacMillan J., Stacy, W., & Freeman, J. (2011). The design of synthetic experiences for effective training: Challenges for DMO. Tampa, FL: Taylor & Francis. MacMillan, J., Zacharias, G., Freeman, J., & Bullock, B. (2011). Strategic roadmap for human social, cultural, and behavioral science and technology. HSCB Focus 2011, 8-10 February 2011, Chantilly, VA. Seibert, M. K., Diedrich, F.J., MacMillan, J., & Riccio, G. E. (2010). Training research in the wild. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Orlando, FL. For more information about Dr. MacMillan’s publications, please contact

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