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Dr. Ron Van Houten

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Transportation Research Board

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Email: r***@***.edu
Local Address:  District of Columbia , United States
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St. N.W.
Washington D.C. , District of Columbia 20001
United States

Company Description: The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. The Research...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
    Michigan University
  • PhD
    Dalhousie University
  • BA
    SUNY at Stony Brook
  • MA
    Dalhousie University
  • PhD
    Western Michigan University
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Pedal Press - November 2007, 6 Sept 2015 [cached]
For Ron Van Houten, a psychology professor who rides his bike to work at Western Michigan University, the key to cyclists and motorists sharing the road well is courtesy. He's found, as I have, that most motorists are careful and considerate when they're around cyclists; those who yell expletives are rare.
Van Houten, who serves on the National Academy of Science's Transportation Research Board, said a culture of courtesy makes all the difference. ``Courtesy promotes safety,'' he said. And, he said, where there's little courtesy, there's a tendency toward aggressive driving.
But courtesy isn't just for motorists, Van Houten said.
Center for Education and Research in Safety (CERS), 21 July 2015 [cached]
Dr. Ron Van Houten, PhD Center for Education and Research in Safety (CERS)
Dr. Ron Van Houten Vice President & Research Director
Dr. Van Houten has specialized in the development of educational safety programs and prompting systems to increase safety related behaviors. He has also developed an experimental pedestrian signals (with Dr. Malenfant) with funding from the United States National Academy of Science ITS IDEA program to successfully prompt pedestrians to look for turning vehicles and to prompt motorists to look for pedestrians, other vehicles, and trains. Dr. Van Houten has also developed digital voice prompts to change safety related behaviors. He was presented with the Solicitor General of Canada Crime Prevention Award in 1984 for his work in the areas of pedestrian safety and highway safety
Center for Education and Research in Safety (CERS), 15 Mar 2006 [cached]
Dr. Ron Van Houten, PhD Vice President
Board of Directors | Staff | Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, 29 Oct 2015 [cached]
Dr. Ronald Van Houten Professor of Psychology, Western Michigan University
Transcontinental Newsnet, 22 Aug 2004 [cached]
Mount St. Vincent University psychologist Ron Vanhouten has made a career studying traffic safety.Contrary to what people may think, he said, fatal crashes are more likely in summer than winter.The chief reason seems to be that more cars are on the road.
Drivers, used to taking their time in poor weather, may take more risks when driving conditions are good, he said.
Common-sense precautions - such as wearing a seat belt, following other cars at a safe distance, and pulling over to answer a cellphone - are often ignored because drivers either don't think they will be caught or don't think they will crash, he said.
"A person gets away with things over and over again, and they tend to do those things until it catches up with them, a sort of gambling," he said.
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