Carnegie Mellon University

Baruch Fischhoff (interim Director)

Baruch Fischhoff (interim Director)

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


BARUCH FISCHHOFF is Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS (mathematics, psychology) from Wayne State University and a PhD (psychology) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on many NAS/NRC/NAM committees. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has chaired the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene (Oregon) Commission on the Rights of Women, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. His books include Acceptable Risk, Risk: A Very Short Introduction, Judgment and Decision Making, A Two-State Solution in the Middle East, Counting Civilian Casualties, and Communicating Risks and Benefits. He has co-chaired three National Academy Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication.

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Recent Publications:

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

Bruine de Bruin, A., & Fischhoff, B.  (2017).  Eliciting probabilistic expectations: Collaborations between psychologists and economists.  PNAS, 114(13), 3297-3304. doi/10.1073/pnas.1615461114

Atran, S., Axelrod, R., Davis, R., & Fischhoff, B.  (2017).  Challenges in researching terrorism from the field.  Science, 355(6323), 352-354. doi: 10.1126/science.aaj2037

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