• 66 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr. Patrick Nalepka received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cincinnati within the Center for Cognition, Action and Perception. During graduate study, Dr. Nalepka's research focused on investigating the perceptual-motor processes that underlie the emergence of stable coordinative patterns in complex and dynamic multiagent task contexts, as well as the role constraints play in how such patterns materialize. Since joining Macquarie, his focus has been on investigating the effects embodied artificial-agents (e.g., virtual avatars, robots) have in mixed human-artificial agent teams for coordination, and how such artificial systems should be used to enhance human skill acquisition in perceptual-motor tasks undergoing continual perturbations. Dr. Nalepka's research utilizes nonlinear time-series analyses, dynamical modeling, reinforcement and machine learning, and virtual reality technology.

Research interests

Multiagent Interaction; Coordination Dynamics; Ecological Psychology; Human-Machine Interaction; Complex Adaptive Systems

Research engagement

International Research Collaborators

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


(2016) Sensation & Perception (University of Cincinnati, Instructor)

Community engagement

Media Mentions of Research

(2016) Research on goal-directed multiagent "shepherding" referenced on the Brain Science podcast, Ep. 123

(2015) Research referenced on WCPO Cincinnati titled “Checkups: Concussions, teens and cars – when is it safe to drive again?"

(2015) Research referenced on WCPO Cincinnati titled “Studying effects of concussions on teen drivers.”

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Cincinnati

27 Aug 201331 Jan 2018

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Research Outputs

  • 66 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 7 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 1 Review article

Herd those sheep: emergent multiagent coordination and behavioral-mode switching

Nalepka, P., Kallen, R. W., Chemero, A., Saltzman, E. & Richardson, M. J., 1 May 2017, In : Psychological Science. 28, 5, p. 630-650 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 18 Citations (Scopus)

    Driving after pediatric traumatic brain injury: impact of distraction and executive functioning

    Narad, M. E., Nalepka, P., Miley, A. E., Beebe, D. W., Kurowski, B. G. & Wade, S. L., 1 Aug 2020, In : Rehabilitation Psychology. 65, 3, p. 268-278 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Employing models of human social motor behavior for artificial agent trainers

    Rigoli, L. M., Nalepka, P., Douglas, H., Kallen, R. W., Hosking, S., Best, C., Saltzman, E. & Richardson, M., 2020, AAMAS '20: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. An, B., Yorke-Smith, N., El Fallah Seghrouchni, A. & Sukthankar, G. (eds.). Richland, SC: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS), p. 1134-1142 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

  • Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    A hierarchical behavioral dynamic approach for naturally adaptive human-agent pick-and-place interactions

    Lamb, M., Nalepka, P., Kallen, R. W., Lorenz, T., Harrison, S. J., Minai, A. A. & Richardson, M. J., 2019, In : Complexity. 2019, p. 1-16 16 p., 5964632.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Downloads (Pure)