Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. Alumni

2017

Patrick Kane

Postdoctoral Fellow, Erb Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: Stephen Broomell (Chair), Baruch Fischhoff, Cosma Shalizi (Statistics)
Dissertation: Investigating Lay Evaluations of Predictive Models
pkane@andrew.cmu.edu
Curriculum vitae

Caitlin Drummond

Postdoctoral Fellow, Erb Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Stephen Broomell, Andrew Parker
Dissertation: How do Nonscientists Reason about Scientific Evidence?  Development, Validation, and Application of the Scientific Reasoning Scale

Talya Lazerus

Director of Decision Science, Publicis LifeBrands Medicus, New York, NY
Committee: Julie Downs, Silvia Saccardo, Alex Imas, Howard Seltman
Dissertation: Beyond Information: The Role of Emotion and Hunger in Perceptions of Caloric Content

2016

Rich Truncellito

Committee: Linda Babcock, Russell Golman, Alex Imas
Dissertation: The Right Moment: Context-Sensitivities, Ease of Retrieval, and Their Effects on Consumption

Shereen Chaudhry

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Committee: George Loewenstein, Russell Golman, Alex Imas
Dissertation: Thanking, Apologizing, Bragging, and Blaming: The Currency of Communication

Mark Patterson

Director, Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Committee: Saurabh Bhargava, Julie Downs, George Loewenstein
Dissertation: The Causal Effect of Weather on Emotion

2015

Nathanial Peterson

Senior Consultant, Human Capital Research Corporation, Evanston, Illinois
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Stephen Broomell, Judith Scott-Clayton
Dissertation: A Behavioral Decision Research Approach to College Completion Risk

Eric VanEpps

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Committee: Julie Downs, George Loewenstein, Chris Olivola
Dissertation: Informational and Temporal Strategies to Promote Healthier Eating

Alycia Chin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Taya Cohen, Wandi Bruine de Bruin
Dissertation: Addressing Consumers’ Information Needs: An Investigation of Credit Card Disclosures

2014

Amanda Markey, Ph.D.

Math Teacher, Uncommon Charter School Network
Committee:  George Loewenstein, Julie Downs, Karim Kassam
Dissertation: Three Essays on Boredom

Michael Yu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Committee:  Baruch Fischhoff, Linda Babcock, Paul Fischbeck
Dissertation: Trust and Outcome Knowledge

2013

Sudeep Bhatia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Committee:  Russell Golman, George Loewenstein, Jerome Busemeyer, Robert Sugden
Dissertation:  Attention and the Formation of Reference-Dependent Preferences

Cristina Carias, Ph.D.

Economist/Modeler (contracted by IHRC.INC), Office of Science and Integrated Programs
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Committee:  Lee Branstetter, Rui Baptista,  Serguey Braguinsky, Brian Kovak
Dissertation:  Worker exit, New Firm Formation, and the Effects of Quits on the Parent Firm

Daniel Schwartz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Committee:  Baruch Fischhoff, Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Fallaw Sowell
Dissertation:  The Hawthorne (Study Participation) Effect in Consumer Energy Behavior

Carla Costa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Organisation and Strategy of the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Committee:  David Hounshell, Rui Baptista, Lee Branstetter, Francisco Veloso
Dissertation: Agglomeration vs. Heritage:  The Molds and Plastics Industries in Portugal

2012

Alex Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Committee:  Baruch Fischhoff, David Danks, Julie Downs
Dissertation:  The File-Drawer Problem

Peter Kriss, Ph.D.

CX Research Scientist, Medallia Institute, Palo Alto, CA
Committee: Roberto Weber, Andreas Blume, George Loewenstein
Dissertation: Essays on the Impact of Costly Communication on Coordination

Alex Persoskie, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD
Committee: Julie Downs, Paul Fischbeck, Baruch Fischhoff
Dissertation: Comparison Risks in the Elicitation of Perceived Likelihood

2011

Ajay Bhaskarabhatla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Committee: Steven Klepper, Serguey Braguinsky, Lee Branstetter
Dissertation: Submarkets, Vertical Integration and Survival in the U.S. Laser Industry

Paul Litvak, Ph.D.

Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Google, Boston, MA
Committee: Carey Morewedge, Joachim Vosgerau, Julie Downs
Dissertation: The Effects of Money on Perception and Behavior

Jessica Wisdom, Ph.D.

People Analyst, Google, Mountain View, CA
Committee: Julie Downs, George Loewenstein, Brian Wansink
Dissertation: Changing Eating Behaviors:  Traditional and Behavioral Economic Approaches

Leslie John, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Committee: George Loewenstein, Alessandro Acquisti, Joachim Vosgerau
Dissertation: A Behavioral Economics Perspective on Privacy and Self-Disclosure:  Three Essays

2009

Tamar Krishnamurti, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Committee: George Loewenstein, Baruch Fischhoff and Julie Downs
Dissertation: Sexual Liking and Sexual Wanting: Patterns Over the Lifespan

Cynthia Cryder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis
Committee: George Loewenstein, Roberto Weber, Brook Feeney
Dissertation: The Critical Link Between Tangibility and Generosity
(Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences)

John Hamman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Committee: Roberto Weber, George Loewenstein, John Duffy
Dissertation: Three Essays on the Impact of Social Preferences in Strategic Decisions

Seunghee Han, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul Korea
Committee: George Loewenstein (chair), Roberto Weber, and A. V. Muthukrishnan (Hong Kong University Of Science & Technology)
Dissertation: Sharing Negative Emotional Experiences

2008

Ju-Sung Lee

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Committee:  Kathleen Carley, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Shelby Stewman
Dissertation:  Inferring Adolescent Social Networks Using Partial Ego-Network Substance Use Data

2007

Romel Mostafa

Assistant Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Committee:  Steven Klepper, Lee Branstetter, Francisco Veloso
Dissertation:  Economic Growth One Industry at a Time:  Entrepreneurship in the Bangladesh Garment Industry


Joon Hwan Choi, Ph.D.

Director, R&D Coordination Division, National Science & Technology Commission, Seoul, Korea
Committee: Steven Klepper, Ashish Arora, Lee Branstetter
Dissertation: Growing a Modern Economy: The Role of R&D Subsidies in the Development of the Korean Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries.

Erin Krupka, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: Roberto Weber, Robyn Dawes, George Loewenstein, John Miller, Ted O'Donoghue
Dissertation: The Influence of Social Norms on Behavior.

Scott Moser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Committee: William Keech, John Patty, Maggie Penn
Dissertation: Voting in the Public and in Legislatures: A Comparison of Political Institutions.

Scott Rick, Ph.D.

Arnold M. & Linda T. Jacob Assistant Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: George Loewenstein, Roberto Weber, Robyn Dawes, Jennifer Lerner
Dissertation: The Influence of Anticipatory Affect on Consumer Choice.

2005

Jason Dana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Committee: Robyn Dawes, George Loewenstein, Roberto Weber
Dissertation: A Beliefs-based Account of Generosity in Experiments.

Jesse Richman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, Old Dominion University
Committee: William Keech, Otto Davis, John Patty
Dissertation: Why the Issue Dimensionality of Political Systems Varies, and What Difference it Makes: Policy Space, Ideological Space and Institutions.

Lui Wang, Ph.D.

Committee: Otto Davis, William Keech, Peter Thompson
Dissertation: Three Essays on Economic Freedom and Economic Growth in the American States.

2004

Yuqing Ren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Information and Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Committee: Sara Kiesler, Otto Davis, Robert Kraut, Peter Thompson
Dissertation: Strategies of Team Member Selection in a Project-Based Organization.

Deborah Small, Ph.D.

Wroe Alderson Term Assistant Professor of Marketing and Psychology, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Committee: George Loewenstein, Linda Babcock, Margaret Clark, Jennifer Lerner
Dissertation: Identifiability.

2003

Uri Simonsohn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Committee: George Loewenstein, Linda Babcock, Steven Klepper
Dissertation: New Yorkers Commute More Everywhere: The Effect of Previously Observed Commutes on Travel Demand.

Mei Wang, Ph.D.

Professor of Behavioral Finance, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Committee: Paul Fischbeck, Baruch Fischhoff, Michael Dekay
Dissertation: Prospect Theory, Framing, and Risk Preferences: A U.S.-China Comparison.

2002

Carter T. Butts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Mathematical and Behavioral Science, University of California - Irvine
Committee: Kathleen Carley, David Krackhardt, Shelby Stewman
Dissertation: Spatial Models of Large-Scale Interpersonal Networks.
(Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences.)

Eleanor Lewis, Ph.D.

Research Health Science Specialist, Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Committee: Kathleen Carley, William McEvlly, Barbara Johnstone
Dissertation: The Impact of the Speaker and Audience on Isomorphism in Written Organizational Accounts.
(Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences.)

Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior/Health Education, School of Public Health Research
Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine,Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: Robyn Dawes, Baruch Fischhoff, Mark Kamlet
Dissertation: Continue or Quit Decisions in Sequential Trial Situations.

2001

Jonathon N. Cummings, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Committee: Robert Kraut, Sara Kiesler, David Krackhardt, Deborah Ancona (MIT)
Dissertation: Work Groups and Knowledge Sharing in a Global Organization.

Edward Welch, Ph.D

Marketing Practice Specialist, McKinsey & Co., Cambridge, MA
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, George Loewenstein, Elke Weber
Dissertation: Role of Anticipatory Affect in Risky Decision Making.

2000

Andrew Parker, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Paul Fischbeck, Ralph Tarter
Dissertation: An Individual Differences Measure of Decision-Making Competence.

1999

Tiziana Casciaro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Committee: Kathleen Carley, David Krackhardt, William McEvily
Dissertation: The Formation of Strategic Alliance Networks.

Shane W. Frederick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marketing, Yale School of Management, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Committee: George Loewenstein, Baruch Fischhoff, Teddy Seidenfeld
Dissertation: Discounting, Time Preference, and Identity.

1998

Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Peter Ayton, Robyn M. Dawes, Paul S. Fischbeck
Dissertation: People's Understanding of Probability: "It's a Fifty-Fifty Chance."

Stephanie Byram, Ph.D. (1963 - 2001)

Formerly: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Robyn Dawes, Bobby Klatzky
Dissertation: Breast Cancer and Mammogram Screening: Mental Models and Quantitative Assessments of Beliefs.

Diana Burley (nee Gant), Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program at The George Washington University
Committee: Kathleen Carley, David Krackhardt, John Prescott
Dissertation: The Web of Affiliation: Theoretical Motives for the Strategic Establishment of Inter-organizational Relationships on the World Wide Web.

William E. Hefley, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh
Committee: Douglas Wholey, Bill Curtis, Sara Kiesler, Indira Nair
Dissertation: Influence In Work Groups: A Study of Software Development Teams

Sally Sleeper, Ph.D.

Director of Research, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute, RAND Corporation, New Orleans, LA
Committee: Steven Klepper, David Hounshell, Linda Argote
(Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences.)
Dissertation: The Role of Firm Capabilities in the Evolution of the Laser Industry: The Making of a High-Tech Market

1997

Dean Behrens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Committee: Kathleen Carley, David Krackhardt, Sara Kiesler
Dissertation: Self-Isolation and the Structuring of Support: The Relationship Between Stress and Network Evolution.

Eric Gold, Ph.D.

Behavioral Economist, Fidelity Investments
Committee: Robyn Dawes, Baruch Fischhoff, Paul Fischbeck
Dissertation: The Gambler's Fallacy.

Pamela Hinds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center for Work, Technology, and Organization
Department of Management Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Stanford University
Committee: Sara Kiesler, David Krackhardt, Robert Kraut
Dissertation: Communication, Cognitive Overload, and Social Judgment: A Study of How Impressions Become More Biased Over Cognitively Taxing Media.

1996

Laurel C. (Mohes) Austin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Management, Politics & Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
Principal, LCA Professional Services, subcontract to Decision Partners, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Committee: Baruch Fischhoff, Robyn Dawes, Paul Fischbeck
Dissertation: Consumers' Insurance Decisions: An Empirical Study of Four Real World Decisions.

Diane Lowenthal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University
Committee: Otto Davis, Richard Smith, George Loewenstein
Dissertation: What Voters Care About: How Electoral Context Influences Issue Salience in Campaigns.

Ofer Zellermayer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, The Arison School of Business, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia, Israel
Committee: George Lowenstein, Robyn Dawes, Paul Fischbeck, Baruch Fischhoff
Dissertation: The Pain of Paying.

1995

Ken Simons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Committee: Steven Klepper, David Hounshell, Wes Cohen
Dissertation: Shakeouts: Firm Survival and Technological Change in New Manufacturing Industries.

1994

Robert D. Austin, Ph.D.

Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Committee: Patrick Larkey, Robyn Dawes, Jay Kadane, Steven Klepper
Dissertation: Theories of Measurement and Dysfunction in Organizations.
(Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences.)

Gavin Sinclair, Ph.D. (1962 - 2001)

Formerly: Assistant Professor Organizational Leadership, Agricultural Economics, and Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Committee: Steven Klepper, Wes Cohen, David Hounshell
Dissertation: Learning and Progressive Cost Reduction in a Specialty Chemicals Business Unit.

1993

Thomas Finholt, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Director, Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee: Sara Kiesler, Lee Sproull, Baruch Fischhoff, Mark Kamlet
Dissertation: Outsiders on the Inside: Sharing Information through a Computer Archive.

1989

David Zubrow, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Empirical Research, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Committee: Rick Lau, Margaret Clark, Robyn Dawes, Steven Klepper
Dissertation: Gender Differences in Learning to Use Computers.