Dr Brian Thoroman

Originally from the United States, Brian joined the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at USC in 2016 on an API scholarship with the UPLOADS project. Brian is currently researching the systemic contributing and protective factors leading to near miss incidents in the led outdoor activity domain.

Prior to becoming a PhD candidate, Brian spent several years of owning his own businesses in outdoor travel and personal development before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Leadership with a concentration in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. While working as an adjunct lecturer at Southern Oregon University, he earned his Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (Health, Physical Education and Leadership; Education) in 2011. Brian then moved to Victoria, Australia to work with the Outdoor Education Group where he has worked across program delivery, program design, and risk management through 2018.

Brian’s current research interests include:

  • Systems approaches to incident modelling and analysis
  • Near misses in the led outdoor activity domain
  • Applying human factors and ergonomics methods to the study of normal work


Thoroman, B., Goode, N., & Salmon, P.M. (2018). System thinking applied to near misses: areview of industry-wide near miss reporting systems. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science.

Thoroman, B., Goode, N., Salmon, P.M., and Woolley, M. (2019). What went right? Ananalysis of the protective factors in aviation near misses. Ergonomics.

Contact: Brian.Thoroman@research.usc.edu.au