Texas Tech Names Research Fellows

Guy Loneragan, Patricia DeLucia will help in faculty development for Office of the Vice President for Research.



Texas Tech University Vice President for Research Robert V. Duncan today (March 20) named Guy Loneragan and Patricia DeLucia as faculty fellows for faculty development for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Loneragan is a veterinary epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. DeLucia is a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The two will assume their new roles as faculty fellows April 1.

“We are delighted to announce that Guy Loneragan and Patricia Delucia have agreed to join the research office as faculty fellows, on a quarter-time appointment,” Duncan said. “I am looking forward to blurring the lines between the faculty and administration as we engage our best minds, such as Guy and Pat, in leadership roles for the betterment of Texas Tech, and for the expansion of our West Texas knowledge-based economy. I was very impressed with the excellence of all 16 faculty members who applied for these demanding positions, showing just how determined our top faculty are to make a big difference that will benefit us all.”

In addition to their other duties, Loneragan will help develop new international research opportunities and revenue streams for Texas Tech. DeLucia will help assure that the accomplishments of top faculty are well recognized through nominations for national and international awards and other professional recognitions.

Loneragan came to Texas Tech in 2010 from West Texas A&M University. He received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, Australia, and received his Master of Science and Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

His current research focuses on the characterization of pre-harvest practices that can be implemented in complex agri-food systems to effect meaningful control of food-borne pathogens and antimicrobial drug resistance. Loneragan also works to evaluate population data to discover factors that can be used as management tools to improve animal health and well-being.



Loneragan is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, International Association of Food Protection, the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and serves on the board of directors for the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

DeLucia came to Texas Tech in 1991. During her years at Texas Tech she has served as associate chair for the Department of Psychology, coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Program and acting director of experimental psychology programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Adelphi University and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

DeLucia’s research interests focus on theoretical and applied issues in visual perception, including the perception of collision, motion and depth with applications to transportation, health care, military and sport, as well as human factors in health care, performance in nursing and tele-mental health.

DeLucia is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Psychological Association. She serves as editor-in-chief of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Office of Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.

Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research, faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society. The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration with the goal of advancing Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university.