Carnegie Mellon University

Taya Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory

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Bio

TAYA R. COHEN is a tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and is currently serving as President of the International Association for Conflict Management (2020-2022). She conducts research on honesty, moral behavior, negotiation, and conflict, and is known in particular for her research on moral character in the workplace.

Professor Cohen is an author of more than 50 publications. Her work is highly cited and has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. Her paper “Moral Character in the Workplace” published in 2014 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology received the Outstanding Publication Award from the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) in 2016, and her paper “Shame Proneness and Guilt Proneness: Toward the Further Understanding of Reactions to Public and Private Transgressions” published in the journal Self and Identity received the Best Paper of the Year award in 2010 from the International Society for Self and Identity. Professor Cohen has been awarded numerous research grants to fund her work, most recently as a co-investigator of a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund research on honesty.

Professor Cohen teaches graduate courses and executive education seminars on negotiations, organizational behavior, and research methods in behavioral science. She also provides negotiation and conflict management training to professional development groups, startup incubators, and other organizations in the Pittsburgh region. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, Negotiation Journal, and Self and Identity, and previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

In recognition of her scholarly achievements, the Tepper School recognized Professor Cohen with the Xerox Junior Faculty Chair in 2012, and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair in 2015. In 2020, she was recognized as a Best 40 Under 40 Professor by Poets & Quants.

Professor Cohen earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ph D (Social Psychology) - 2008
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - MA (Social Psychology) - 2005
  • Pennsylvania State University - BA (Psychology) - 2002

Research

Organizational Behavior; Business Ethics; Social/Personality Psychology; Conflict & Cooperation; Negotiations; Moral Character; Morality & Unethical Behavior; Guilt & Shame; Workplace Deviance; Interpersonal Misconduct; Honesty

Publications

  • Psychological safety in Intensive Care Unit rounding teams
    (author(s): M. A. Diabes, J. N. Ervin, B. S. Davis, K. J. Rak, T. R. Cohen, L. R. Weingart, J. M. Kahn)
    (Accepted December 2020) Annals of the American Thoracic Society
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.202006-753OC
  • Difficult conversations: Navigating the tension between honesty and benevolence

    (author(s): E. E. Levine, A. R. Roberts, T. R. Cohen)
    Current Opinion in Psycholology 31, 2020; 38-43
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.07.034

  • Brokering orientations and social capital: Influencing others’ relationships shapes status and trust

    (author(s): N. Halevy, E. Halali, T. R. Cohen)
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 119(2) 2020; 293-316
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000213

  • A multidimensional approach to the relationship between individualism-collectivism and guilt and shame
    (authors(s): I. F. Young, P. Razavi, T. R. Cohen, Q. Yang, M. Alabèrnia-Segura, D. Sullivan)
    Emotion, 2019
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000689
  • Intergroup conflict 2020

    (author(s): N. Halevy, T. R. Cohen)
    Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 12(2), 2019; 161-173
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ncmr.12148

  • Reducing the stress of clinicians working in the ICU

    (author(s): J. B. Seaman, T. R. Cohen, D. B. White)
    JAMA 320(19), 2018; 1981–1982
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14285

  • Moral character in negotiation

    (author(s): Lily Morse, Taya Cohen)
    Academy of Management Perspectives 33(1), 2019; 12-25
    doi: https://doi.org/10.5465/amp.2017.0051

  • Consumer bankruptcy stigma: Understanding the relationships with familiarity and perceived control

    (author(s): Alycia Chin, Taya Cohen, Mark Lindblad)
    Journal of Consumer Affairs 53, 2019; 600-629
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joca.12206

  • You can handle the truth: Mispredicting the consequences of honest communication

    (author(s): Emma E. Levine, Taya Cohen)
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 147(9), 2018; 1400-1429
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000488

  • Teamwork in the Intensive Care Unit

    (author(s): Jennifer Ervin, Jeremy Kahn, Taya Cohen, Laurie Weingart)
    American Psychologist 73, 2018; 468-477
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000247

  • Who is trustworthy? Predicting trustworthy intentions and behavior

    (author(s): Emma Levine, T. Bitterly, Taya Cohen, Maurice Schweitzer)
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 115, 2018; 468-494
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000136

  • Organizational nostalgia lowers turnover intentions by increasing work meaning: The moderating role of burnout

    (author(s): Joost Leunissen, Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut, Taya Cohen)
    Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 23, 2018; 44-57
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000059

  • Moral character and trustworthiness in negotiations
    (author(s): T. R. Cohen)
    The Negotiator’s Desk Reference, Vol 1 (A. K. Schneider and C. Honeyman, eds.)

    DRI Press 1, 2017; 471-480
    https://www.ndrweb.com/

  • The Morality Factor: How to pick a great worker

    (author(s): T. R. Cohen)
    Scientific American Mind 28(1), 2017; 32-38
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-pick-a-great-worker/

  • Shame and guilt
    Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd ed, vol. 4. (H. S. Friedman, ed.)
    (author(s): Nazli Turan, Taya Cohen)

    Academic Press: Waltham, MA, 2016; 144-146
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-397045-9.00067-7

  • Cause or consequence? The reciprocal model of counterproductive work behavior and mistreatment

    (author(s): Yeonjeong Kim, Taya Cohen, A. Panter)
    Best Paper Proceedings of the 2016 meeting of the Academy of Management, 2016
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2016.238

  • Guilt-Proneness is a marker of integrity and employment suitability

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Yeonjeong Kim, Kenyon Jordan, A. Panter)
    Personality and Individual Differences 92, 2016; 109-112
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.026

  • Moral character and workplace deviance: Recent research and current trends

    (author(s): Yeonjeong Kim, Taya Cohen)
    Current Opinion in Psychology 6, 2015; 134-138
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.08.002

  • Forgive them for I have sinned: The relationship between guilt and forgiveness of others’ transgressions

    (author(s): Jennifer Jordan, Francis Flynn, Taya Cohen)
    European Journal of Social Psychology 45(4), 2015; 441-459
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2101

  • Virtues and vices in workplace settings: The role of moral character in predicting counterproductive and citizenship behaviors, 1st edition
    Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management (A. J. G. Sison, ed.)

    (author(s): Lily Morse, Taya Cohen)
    Springer Reference, 2015; 1-11
    doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6729-4_98-1

  • Character traits in the workplace: A three-month diary study of moral and immoral organizational behaviors
    Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology (C. B. Miller, R. M. Furr, A. Knobel, and W. Fleeson, eds.)

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, A. Panter)
    Oxford University Press: New York, NY, US, 2015
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.003.0007

  • Moral character: What it is and what it does

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Lily Morse)
    Research in Organizational Behavior 34, 2014; 43-61
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.riob.2014.08.003

  • Avoiding the agreement trap: Teams facilitate impasse in negotiations with negative bargaining zones

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, G. Leonardelli, Leigh Thompson)
    Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 7(4), 2014; 232-242
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ncmr.12038

  • Moral character In the workplace

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, A. Panter, Nazli Turan, Lily Morse, Yeonjeong Kim)
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 107(5), 2014; 943-963
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037245

  • 'I’d only let you down': Guilt proneness and the avoidance of harmful interdependence

    (author(s): Scott Wiltermuth, Taya Cohen)
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 107(5), 2014; 925-942
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037523

  • The national debt in the 2012 presidential election

    (author(s): Alycia Chin, Taya Cohen)
    Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 14, 2014; 105-122
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/asap.12046

  • Mental models at work: Cognitive causes and consequences of conflict in organizations

    (author(s): Nir Halevy, Taya Cohen, Eileen Chou, J Katz, A Panter)
    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40(1), 2014; 92-110
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167213506468

  • Agreement and similarity in self-other perceptions of moral character

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, A. Panter, Nazli Turan, Lily Morse, Yeonjeong Kim)
    Journal of Research in Personality 47, 2013; 816-830
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2013.08.009

  • Predicting counterproductive work behavior from guilt proneness

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, A Panter, Nazli Turan)
    Journal of Business Ethics 114, 2013; 45-53
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1326-2

  • Interindividual-Intergroup discontinuity in the Prisoner's Dilemma Game: How common fate, proximity, and similarity affect intergroup competition

    (author(s): Chester Insko, Tim Wildschut, Taya Cohen)
    Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 120, 2013; 168-180
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2012.07.004

  • Guilt proneness and moral character

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, A. Panter, Nazli Turan)
    Current Directions in Psychological Science 21(5), 2012; 355-359
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963721412454874

  • Short horizons and tempting situations: Lack of continuity to our future selves leads to unethical decision making and behavior

    (author(s): Hal Hershfield, Taya Cohen, Leigh Thompson)
    Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes 117, 2012; 298-310
    doi https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2011.11.002

  • Status conferral in intergroup social dilemmas: Behavioral antecedents and consequences of prestige and dominance

    (author(s): Nir Halevy, Eileen Chou, Taya Cohen, Robert Livingston)
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 102(2), 2012; 351-366
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0025515

  • Introducing the GASP scale: A new measure of guilt and shame proneness

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Scott Wolf, A. Panter, Chester Insko)
    Journal of Personality And Social Psychology 100(5), 2011; 947-966
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0022641

  • Metacognition in teams and organizations
    Social metacognition (P. Brinol & K. G. DeMarree, eds.)

    (author(s): Leigh Thompson, Taya Cohen)
    Psychology Press: New York, NY, 2011; 283-302
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203865989

  • Temporal biases and debiasing in program evaluation: Planning the future and assessing the past
    Social psychology and evaluation: The past, the present, and possible futures (M. M. Mark, S. I. Donaldson and B. Campbell eds.)

    (author(s): L. Sanna, A. Panter, Taya Cohen, L. Kennedy)
    Guilford Press: New York, NY, 2011; 166-186

  • The reduction of intergroup conflict
    Encyclopedia of peace psychology (D. J. Christie, ed.)

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Chester Insko)
    Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ,  2011
    doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470672532.wbepp058

  • When are teams an asset in negotiations and when are they a liability?
    Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Negotiation and Groups

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Leigh Thompson)
    Emerald Group Publishing 14, 2011; 3-34
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1534-0856(2011)0000014004

  • People in glass houses avoid throwing stones: The relationship between guilt and forgiveness

    (author(s): J. Jordan, F. Flynn, Taya Cohen)
    Best Paper Proceedings of the 2011 meeting for the Academy of Management, 2011
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2011.65869755

  • Buffering against the emotional impact of pain: Mood clarity reduces depressive symptoms in older adults

    (author(s): Lindsay Kennedy, Taya Cohen, A. Panter, B. DeVellis, R. DeVellis, T. Yamanis, J. Jordan)
    Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology 29, 2010; 975-987
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2010.29.9.975

  • Competitive group interactions: Why they exist and how to overcome them
    The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Brian Meier, Verlin Hinsz, Chester Insko)
    Jossey-Bass, 2010; 223-236

  • Conflict resolution
    The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, vol 1, 4th ed. (I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead, eds.)

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc: Hoboken, NJ, 2010; 390-391
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0219

  • How communication increases interpersonal cooperation in mixed-motive situations

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Tim Wildschut, Chester Insko)
    Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 46, 2010; 39-50
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.09.009

  • Moral emotions & unethical bargaining: The differential effects of empathy and perspective taking in deterring deceitful negotiation

    Journal of Business Ethics 94, 2010; 569-579
    doi; https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-009-0338-z

  • Relative deprivation and intergroup competition

    (author(s): Nir Halevy, Eileen Chou, Taya Cohen, Gary Bornstein)
    Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 13, 2010; 685-700
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430210371639

  • Shame proneness and guilt proneness: Toward the further understanding of reactions to public and private transgressions

    (author(s): Scott Wolf, Taya Cohen, A. Panter, Chester Insko)
    Self and Identity 9, 2010; 337-362
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298860903106843

  • Attitudes toward stereotypical versus counterstereotypical gay men and lesbians

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Deborah Hall, J. Tuttle)
    Journal of Sex Research 46, 2009; 1-8
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224490802666233

  • Do groups lie more than individuals? Honesty & deception as a function of strategic self-interest

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Brian Gunia, Sun Young Kim-Jun, J. Murnighan)
    Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 45, 2009; 1321-1324
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.08.007

  • Reducing intergroup conflict through the consideration of future consequences

    (author(s): Scott Wolf, Taya Cohen, J. Kirchner, A. Rea, R. Montoya, Chester Insko)
    European Journal of Social Psychology 39, 2009; 831-841
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.592

  • Renting to owning: An exploration of the theory of planned behavior in the homeownership domain

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Mark Lindblad, J. Paik, R. Quercia)
    Basic & Applied Social Psychology 31, 2009; 376-389
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01973530903316971

  • War and peace: Possible approaches to reducing intergroup conflict

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Chester Insko)
    Perspectives on Psychological Science 3, 2008; 87-93
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6916.2008.00066.x

  • Group morality and intergroup relations: Cross-cultural and experimental evidence

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, R. Montoya, Chester Insko)
    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 32, 2006; 1559-1572
    doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167206291673

Working Papers

  • Psychological safety in intensive care unit rounding teams (2020)
    (author(s): M. A. Diabes, J. N. Ervin, B. S. Davis, K. J. Rak, T. R.Cohen, L. R. Weingart, J. G. Yabes, J. M. Kahn)
  • The character lens: A person-centered view of moral recognition and ethical decision-making (2020)
    (author(s): E. Helzer, T. R. Cohen, Y. Kim)
  • Privilege and passion: Exploring the relationship between economic privilege and ideologies of work being one’s passion (2020)
    (author(s): D. Kamran-Morley, T. R. Cohen)
  • Breaking the silence in auditing: Characteristics of ethical accountants (2020)
    (author(s): L. Morse, T. R. Cohen)
  • Situational determination or situation creation? A twelve-wave longitudinal study of workplace mistreatment and employee deviance (2019)
    (author(s): Y. Kim, T. R. Cohen, A. T. Panter)

Awards and Honors

  • Best 40 Under 40 Professors (2020) from Poets & Quants
    https://poetsandquants.com/2020/04/29/2020-best-40-under-40-professors-taya-cohen-carnegie-mellon-tepper/?pq-category=business-school-news
  • International Association for Conflict Management - Outstanding Article Award (honoring an article that advances conflict management theory and practice, and which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field over the previous two years) (2016)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute at the Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair (2015)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the Lave-Weil Best Paper Prize at the Tepper School of Business for the best paper on problem solving, in contrast to theorem proving (2013)
  • Tepper School of Business - Xerox Junior Faculty Chair (2012)
  • International Society for Self & Identity - Best Paper Award (2009)

University Service

  • Center for Behavioral & Decision Research, Steering Committee (2014 - )
  • Institutional Review Board, Board Member, (2011 - )
  • MBA Online Hybrid Steering Committee (2019 - )
  • Committee Member, Tepper Masters Educational Affairs Committee (2020 - )
  • Center for Behavioral & Decision Research (CBDR), Steering Committee, Co-Director of the Center (2014 - )
  • Institutional Review Board, Committee Member (2011 - )
  • Masters Academic Actions Committee (MAAC), Committee Member

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (2021 - )

  • President, International Association for Conflict Management (2020-2022)
  • President-Elect, International Association for Conflict Management (2019-2020)
  • Committee Chair, Negotiation and Team Resources Institute, Research Grants Committee (March 2018 - )
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Self & Identity (January 2016 - )
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes section (January 2012 - June 2020)
  • Other Officer, Representative-at-Large (Board Member), International Association for Conflict Management (2014 - 2016)
  • Committee Member, International Association for Conflict Management Research, Best IACM Conference Paper 2016 & Best IACM Conference Paper by a Student (March 2016 - July 2016)
  • Chairperson, International Association for Conflict Management Research, IACM Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Published in 2013 (March 2015 - July 2015)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (April 2013 - December 2014)