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Dr Iya Whiteley

Space Psychologist and Director of the Centre for Space Medicine, UCL

Iya is a Director of the Centre for Space Medicine at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL. She conducts applied research, designing and developing techniques to explore the interaction of people, technology and the environment to improve quality of life in space.

Iya is a broadly qualified Human Computer Interaction and Cognitive System Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the aerospace domain and a background in clinical psychology, multicultural crew selection and cockpit design.

At Emirates Airlines, Iya conducted psychometric evaluations of candidates during the aircrew recruitment process. More recently, she has directed an ESA funded research project to develop psychological support tools for crews on exploration missions to the Moon and Mars.

Iya was trained as an Astronaut Instructor at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC). At EAC Iya worked as a Human Behaviour Performance Expert and also developed training courses for new European Astronauts.