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Baruch Fischhoff

Baruch Fischhoff

Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology

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Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department Engineering and Public Policy and the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology 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 National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine. 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 chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and co-chaired the National Research Council Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity and three National Academy of Sciences Colloquia 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 Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Psychological Association(APA), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has received APA’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology, an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lund University, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, and Carnegie Mellon's Ryan Award for Teaching, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Mentor Award. He has co-authored or edited, 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 I (2013), II (2014), and III (2019), and Counting Civilian Casualties (2013).


Askenazi, Michael, Benjamin Chan, Baruch Fischhoff, Gigi Gronvall, Scott Rivkees. "Rapd Expert Consulatation on Self-Tests for Infectious Diseases: Lessons Learned from COVID-19. The National Academy of Sciences, (2022).

Atran, Scott, Robert Axelrod, Richard Davis, and Baruch Fischhoff. "Challenges in researching terrorism from the field." Science, 355(6323) (2017): 352-354.

Fischhoff, B. (2020). Making behavioral science integral to climate science and action. Behavioural Public Policy.

Fischhoff, B. (2020).  Making decisions in a COVID-19 worldJAMA, 323(22). doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10178

Fischhoff, B. (2020). The microbiomes of gut-level decisionsCQ (Critical Quarterly), 62(1), 30--37.

Fischhoff, Baruch. (2017). Breaking ground for psychological science: The US Food and Drug Administration." American Psychologist, 72(2). 118-125: (2017).

Fischhoff, B. (2013). The sciences of science communicationPNAS, 110 (Supplement 3), 14033-14039. doi/10.1073/pnas.1213273110

Fischhoff, B., & Broomell, SB.  (2020). Judgment and decision making. Annual Review of Psychology, 71. 331-355. doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-010419-050747

Fischhoff, B., Dewitt, B., Sahlin, N-E., & Davis, AL. (2021). A secure procedure for early career scientists to report apparent misconduct. Life Sciences, Society and Policy.  doi: 10.1186/s40504-020-00110-6 [

World Health Organization. (2020). The importance of testing messages.  Fiona Fleck interviews Baruch Fischhoff. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 98, 516-517.

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