Baruch Fischhoff-Institute for Politics and Strategy - Carnegie Mellon University

Baruch Fischhoff

Howard Heinz University Professor, Institute for Politics and Strategy and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Office: Porter Hall 219E
Phone: 412-268-3246


BARUCH FISCHHOFF, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was founding chair of the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and currently co-chairs the National Research Council Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity and the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication.” He is a former member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women, Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society), the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has co-authored or edited eleven books, Acceptable Risk (1981), A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993), Elicitation of Preferences (2000), Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002), Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011), Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide (2011), Judgment and Decision Making (2011), Risk Analysis and Human Behavior (2011), The Science of Science Communication (2013), and Counting Civilian Casualties (2013).

Recent Publications:

Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff, “Development and Validation of the Scientific Reasoning Scale,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making (2015).

Baruch Fischhoff, “The Realities of Risk-Cost-Benefit Analysis,” Science 350, no. 6260 (2015): aaa6516-1 - aaa9516-5.

Tamar Krishnamurti, Steven Woloshin, Lisa M. Schwartz and Baruch Fischhoff, “A Randomized Trial Testing US Food and Drug Administration “Breakthrough” Language,” JAMA Internal Medicine 175, no. 11 (2015):1856-1858.