Carnegie Mellon University

Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Collaborating Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

Address Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Wändi Bruine de Bruin is Collaborating Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy.  She also holds a Leadership Chair in Behavioral Decision Making at the Leeds University Business School, where serves as Co-Director for the Centre for Decision Research and Deputy Director for the Priestley International Centre for Climate. She additionally holds affiliations with the University of Southern California's Center for Economic and Social Research and the RAND Corporation. She is a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society and of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Reitrement (NETSPAR). She is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of theInternational Risk Governance Council. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Medical Decision Making, Psychology and Aging, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. She has edited a special issue on decision-making competence for the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and a special issue on communicating the risks of sexually transmitted diseases for Current HIV Research. She will be speaking at the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on The Science of Science Communication, which will lead to a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). She has contributed her expertise on developing effective communications at recent expert panels for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Council of the Canadian Academies.


  • Ph.D. Behavioral Decision Theory and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
  • M.S. Behavioral Decision Theory, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997
  • M.S. Cognitive Psychology, Free University Amsterdam, 1993
  • B.S. Psychology, Free University Amsterdam, 1989

Research Interests

Behavioral decision making; risk perception and communication; public perceptions of extreme weather and climate change; public perceptions of emerging technologies; individual differences in decision-making competence across the lifespan.


Copies of my publications, including the ones below, can be requested by email.

  1. Bruine de Bruin, W., & Bostrom, A. (2013). Assessing what to address in science communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 14062-14068.
  2. Bruine de Bruin, W., & Fischhoff, B. (2017). Eliciting probabilistic expectations: Collaborations between psychologists and economists. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 3297-3304
  3. Bruine de Bruin, W., van der Klaauw, W., van Rooij, M., Teppa, F., & de Vos, K. (in press). Measuring expectations of inflation: Effects of survey mode, wording, and opportunities to revise. Journal of Economic Psychology.
  4. Bruine de Bruin, W., Lefevre, C.E., Taylor, A.L., Dessai, S., Fischhoff, B., & Kovats, S. (2016).  Promoting protection against a threat that evokes positive affect: The case of heatwaves in the U.K. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 261-271.
  5. Bruine de Bruin, W., McNair, S., Taylor, A.L., Summers, B., & Strough, J. (2015). 'Thinking about numbers is not my idea of fun': Need for cognition mediates age differences in numeracy performance. Medical Decision Making. 35, 22-26.
  6. Bruine de Bruin, W., Parker, A.M., & Strough, J. (2016). Choosing to be happy? Age differences in ‘maximizing’ decision strategies and experienced emotional well-being. Psychology and Aging, 31, 295-300.
  7. Bruine de Bruin, W., Strough, J., & Parker, A.M. (2014). Getting older isn’t all that bad: Better decisions and coping when facing ’sunk costs.’ Psychology and Aging, 29, 642-647.
  8. Bruine de Bruin, W., Wallin, A., Parker, A.M., Strough, J. & Hanmer, J. (in press). Effects of anti- vs. pro-vaccine narratives on responses by recipients varying in numeracy: A cross-sectional survey-based experiment. Medical Decision Making.
  9. Bruine de Bruin, W., & Wong-Parodi, G. (2014). The role of initial affective impressions in responses to educational communications: The case of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20, 126-135.
  10. Bruine de Bruin, W., Wong-Parodi, G., & Morgan, M.G. (2014). Public perceptions of local flood risk and the role of climate change. Environment, Systems, and Decisions34, 591-599.