Dr. Shebilske received his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974. After nine years on the faculty of the University of Virginia Psychology Department (Assistant Professor, 1974-1979: Associate Professor 1979-1983), Dr. Shebilske served as Study Director for the Committee on Vision at the National Academy of Sciences (1983-1985) and a Full Professor at Texas A&M University (1985-1999). In 1992, he was a National Research Council Senior Research Associate at the Armstrong Laboratory Intelligent Training Branch. He has worked closely with government, military, and private agencies identifying critical issues for study in many areas including design and development of aerospace systems, visual display equipment, medical devices, standards, performance support tools for planners of emergency operations, automated instruction for complex skills, and virtual reality systems
Currently, Dr. Shebilske studies automated instruction and adaptive displays for complex skills, especially skills related to Air Force operations and to persons with disabilities using the internet. These studies integrate two branches of his research program. One branch concerns the relationship between perception and action. He has synchronized laboratory and field experiments to study sensorimotor control in such disparate areas as man/machine interaction and eye/hand coordination in everyday reaching and grasping. Another branch of his research concerns communicative effectiveness of the printed page and computer displays. Through dynamic systems theory, he is extending both branches to the optimization of software in automated instruction and adaptive displays in microprocessor-based systems including virtual reality. A goal is to provide effective automated instruction and adaptive interfaces for teams and individuals. He has received grant support from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, National Eye Institute, U. S. Army, U. S. Air Force, and National Institute of Education. He conducted research at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Brooks Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base; and he spent the summer of 1985 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld, Germany. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Human Factors and for Psychological Research.