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Dillinger Is New LSBEB President

May 30, 2019

Dillinger Is New LSBEB President

Tracy Dillinger, M.A., Psy.D. (Hon.), is the 2019 President for the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Branch (LSBEB).

   She is the NASA Manager for Safety Culture and Human Factors at NASA Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. She chairs the Enterprise Safety Culture Working Group and Human Factors Task Force and is responsible for the NASA Safety Culture Survey, Safety Culture Courses, and Organizational Safety Assessments (OSAs).
   Dr. Dillinger received B.A.s in Psychology and Dance from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa, a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Illinois in Aviation Psychology (2003), and an Honorary Psy.D. in Business and Organizational Psychology from CSPP (2006). 
   Dr. Dillinger came to NASA in 2011 after 21 years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). She was stationed at USAF Safety Center Headquarters as the Chief of the Safety Assessment Division from 2005–2008 and was the USAF Chief of Aviation Psychology from 1998–2008. She developed and instituted the Organizational Safety Assessment (OSA) program and the Air Force Culture Assessment Safety Tool (AFCAST) as safety prevention tools for leadership. In 2006 she was awarded the USAF Chief of Staff Individual Safety Award for her record-breaking contributions to reducing mishap rates while ensuring mission success.
   Dr. Dillinger’s other awards include a Distinguished Alumni Award (2016), the Life Sciences Hasbrook Award in 2017, the NASA Agency Exceptional Service Award (2017), NASA Achievement Award (2016), and HQ Exceptional Performer Award (2013) for development and implementation of the NASA Safety Culture Program. A licensed psychologist for over 24 years, she is a member of the National Board of Psychologists, a lifetime member and Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), member and Fellow of the Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA), and member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). She has conducted human factors investigations, developed the witness interview guidance, and spearheaded assessments to identify risks in USAF organizations. She was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) in 2003 and the Space Shuttle Independent Assessment Team (SSIAT) in 1999.