Carnegie Mellon University

Baruch Fischhoff

Baruch Fischhoff

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

  • Posner Hall 385B


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 (NASEM) 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 is a member of the NASEM Committee on COVID-19 and Committee on Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine.


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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