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Faculty

Howard Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor, Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. You can read more about Howard here.
Maurice Schweitzer is the Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School. Maurice's research focuses on emotions, ethical decision making, and negotiations. You can read more about Maurice here.
Uri Simonsohn is an Associate Professor of OPIM at Wharton interested in judgment, decision making, and methodology. You can read more about Uri here.
Joseph Simmons is an Associate Professor of OPIM at Wharton interested in judgment, decision making, and methodology. You can read more about Joe here.
Katherine Milkman is an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research documents various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices, and she is particularly interested in understanding what factors lead people to undersave for retirement, exercise too little, eat too much junk food, and watch too many lowbrow films. Recently, she has also begun to study race and gender discrimination, focusing on how a decision's context can alter the manifestation of bias. You can read more about Katy here.
Cade Massey Cade Massey is a Practice Profeessor of Operations and Information Management at Wharton. He works at the intersection of psychology and economics to investigate how behavior departs from rational models. His expertise is judgment under uncertainty, with a focus on optimism, overconfidence, and learning. His research is based on both laboratory experiments and archival studies of "real world" behavior, such as the draft picks of professional football teams and the investment decisions of employees holding stock options. You can read more about Cade here.
Alex Rees-Jones Alex Rees-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management at Wharton. His research is focused on facilitating the use of psychological data and models in economic aplications. You can read more about Alex here.

 

Post Docs

Dena Gromet Dena Gromet is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. She has two primary lines of research: one that investigates how people's values affect their judgments and choices and another that investigates how people react to wrongdoing and think justice can be achieved. Specific interests include policy support, environmental decision-making, political ideology, and harm repair. You can read more about Dena here.
Jeremy Yip

Jeremy Yip is a Lecturer and Research Scholar in the OPIM department. Jeremy's research explores the influence of emotions on decision-making, teamwork, and negotiation. For example, in one set of studies, he found that emotional intelligence improves decision-making by helping individuals discount the effect of incidental anxiety on decisions about risk (Yip & Côté, 2013, Psychological Science). He teaches Negotiations in Wharton's undergraduate program. Jeremy earned his PhD in organizational behavior from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Yale University.

Daniel Schwartz Daniel Schwartz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at Wharton. His research focuses on how people's beliefs, motivations and goals affect adoption of new technology, increase prosocial behavior, and improve decisions under uncertainty, employing a mix of methodologies, including lab and online experiments, surveys, field experiments, and secondary data analysis. Daniel received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University.  Prior to graduate school, he worked as consultant in the application of data analysis techniques to consumers’ behavior with projects in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and the United States. You can read more about Daniel's work at the Risk Center here.

 

Doctoral Students

Theresa Kelly is a fourth-year doctoral student on the Decision Processes Track. Theresa is interested in judgment and decision making and consumer behavior. You can read more about Theresa here.

Hengchen Dai is a fourth-year doctoral student in the OPIM’s Decision Processes group. She is particularly interested in motivating employees to pursue goals that bring about long-term benefits (e.g., healthy eating, exercising, saving for retirement). For example, one of her projects explores the “fresh start effect”, which postulates that people are more likely to tackle their goals following temporal landmarks (e.g., celebrating a birthday, beginning a new month, getting a new job). She also studies factors that lead people to respond differentially to social influence. You can read more about Hengchen here.

Emma Levine is a third-year PhD student at Wharton, studying Decision Processes. Emma is interested how people make inferences about others' motives, particularly in the presence of conflicting signals. Her main stream of research focuses on the consequences of prosocial lying. Emma is broadly interested in deception, prosocial behavior, and emotions.

Berkeley Dietvorst is a third-year doctoral student in the OPIM department. Berkeley is interested in judgment and decision making and consumer behavior. You can read more about Berkeley here.

Bradford Tuckfield is a second-year doctoral student at OPIM on the Decision Processes track. He is interested in quantitative thinking and attitudes towards risk. Currently, he's working on a study about the causes of quitting in competitive situations. You can read more about Bradford here.

Robert Mislavsky is a second-year PhD student in the OPIM department.

Brad Bitterly is a second-year PhD student in the OPIM department.

Celia Gaertig is a first-year PhD student in the OPIM department. She is interested in judgment and decision making, consumer behavior, emotions, and health.

 

Alumni

Yoel Inbar Yoel Inbar was a visiting faculty member for OPIM from 2012-2013. Now he's back at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Click here for his personal site.
al Alison Wood Brooks received her PhD from Wharton in 2013. She is now an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School. You can find her new faculty page here.
Al Al Mannes was a postdoctoral researcher for the OPIM department from 2011-2013. He is now a visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. You can find his new faculty page here.
Julia Minson Julia Minson was a postdoctoral researcher for the OPIM department from 2009-2013. She is now an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. You can find her new faculty page here.