Caitlin Drummond-Social and Decision Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Caitlin Drummond

Office: PH 321
Phone: (412) 268-2869


I am a PhD student in the Behavioral Decision Research program. I study decision-making using tools from psychology, economics, and cognitive science.


I hold a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Pennsylvania.


My primary line of research (conducted with my advisor, Baruch Fischhoff) focuses on public understanding of science. I study how laypeople reason about the quality of the scientific evidence they encounter, and how they incorporate that evidence into their judgments and decisions. I am currently developing a novel measure of scientific reasoning, defined as an individual’s ability to analyze scientific results and reason about the processes that generated them.

Additionally, I am working with Saurabh Bhargava on a project examining savings decisions and refund expectations amongst low-income tax filers.