Carolynn R. Johnson has lived in Hampton Township with her husband and daughter since 2005. She holds a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University, and attended Ohio Wesleyan University for her undergraduate studies.
After completing her Ph.D., she joined Thomson Consumer Electronics in Indianapolis, designing the user experiences for various consumer electronics, such as eBooks and DVRs. While in Indianapolis, she served on the faculty of Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics.
A desire to contribute more meaningfully to her field brought her to Hampton Township and Pittsburgh, to lead the Human Factors initiative at Union Switch & Signal. There she ensured the usability of safety-critical railroad systems, including the federally mandated Positive Train Control system that is designed to prevent railroad accidents caused by excessive speed and other human errors.
In 2010, Carolynn joined Daedalus, a local design consultancy, to head Human Factors and User Research. Her primary focus shifted to ensuring that complex medical devices can be safely used by medical professionals, patients, and caregivers; though as a consultant, she continues to work in train control and other industries.
Carolynn is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Usability Professionals’ Association. She also serves on the Human Factors and Home Care committees for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, a national standards organization that advocates for safe and effective health technology. How we age and the impact it has on our interactions with these products has become her particular area of interest, which she addressed in her 2015 TEDx talk, The (Ungraceful) Art of Aging.
Carolynn took office as a Council Member in January 2018, and was elected as Vice-President of the Council. She is the appointed delegate to the North Hills Council of Governments, and will be serving on the board of the to-be-established Hampton Shaler EMS and as Council liaison to Community Services and our Community Library.