Carnegie Mellon University

Taya Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory

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  • TEP - Tepper Building - Room 4108
  • 412-268-6677
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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Bio

Dr. Taya R. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the co-director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research—an interdisciplinary research center at Carnegie Mellon University that brings together scholars from behavioral economics, psychology, organizational behavior, marketing, and public policy. Cohen teaches courses on Negotiations and on Managing People and Teams for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students, and a course on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences for doctoral students. She has twice been a finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award at the Tepper School of Business. Cohen’s current research focuses on understanding moral character and how it influences behavior in organizations. This work has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. Cohen’s 2014 paper Moral Character in the Workplace published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology received the Outstanding Article Award from the International Association for Conflict Management in 2016, which honors an article that advances conflict management theory and practice, and which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field. Cohen’s 2010 paper Shame Proneness and Guilt Proneness: Toward the Further Understanding of Reactions to Public and Private Transgressions published in the journal Self & Identity received the Best Paper of the Year award in 2009 from the International Society for Self and Identity. In recognition of her scholarly achievements, Cohen was awarded the Xerox Junior Faculty Chair from the Tepper School of Business in 2012, and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair from the Carnegie Bosch Institute in 2015. Outside of Carnegie Mellon, Cohen teaches executive education seminars on negotiations for companies and for physicians pursuing management training with the American Association of Physician Leadership (AAPL). She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Self & Identity. Prior to joining the faculty at the Tepper School, Cohen spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University, where she taught Negotiations at the Kellogg School of Management.

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 Psychology; Negotiation; Conflict Management; Workplace Deviance; Morality & Ethics; Character; Personality; Intergroup Relations;

Publications

Working Papers

  • Dyadic Social Influence
    Moral Beacons Project

    (author(s): Brandy Aven, Taya Cohen, Erik Helzer, Alessandro Iorio)

  • Now reverse everything: Using inhibitory control to detect deception

    (author(s): Erin McCormick, Taya Cohen, Karim Kassam)

  • The character lens: Moral character promotes ethical decision-making through moral awareness

    (author(s): Erik Helzer, Taya Cohen, Yeonjeong Kim)

  • An Integrative, Multidimensional Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Individualism-Collectivism and Guilt and Shame

    (author(s): Isaac Young, Taya Cohen, Qian Yang, Daniel Sullivan)

  • A personality perspective on auditing fraud: The effects of agreeableness and honesty-humility

    (author(s): Lily Morse, Taya Cohen)

  • Disentangling embedded ties: How liking and trust influence economic partner selection and fraud

    (author(s): Brandy Aven, Taya Cohen, Jin Wook Chang)

  • The asymmetric reciprocity and stability of counterproductive work behavior and workplace mistreatment

    (author(s): Yeonjeong Kim, Taya Cohen, A. Panter)

  • Work expectations of job seekers

    (author(s): Daniya Kamran-Morley, Taya Cohen)

  • Will you do me a favor? Responding to Favor Requests in the Workplace

    (author(s): Amanda Weirup, Laurie Weingart, Taya Cohen)

Awards and Honors

  • 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 (CBDR), Steering Committee, Co-Director of the Center (2014 - )
  • Institutional Review Board, Committee Member (2011 - )
  • Masters Academic Actions Committee (MAAC), Committee Member

Consulting

  • Cognizant (2017 -)
  • Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (2017 -)
  • AlphaLab Gear (2015 -)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute (2015 -)
  • PNC Bank (2015 -)
  • American Association for Physician Leadership (August 2013 -)
  • University of Pittsburgh Physician Leadership program (2013 -)

Professional Activities

  • 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)

Courses Taught

  • Managing People and Teams (45740)
    • 2017 Mini 2 Section: A, B, C
    • 2016 Mini 2 Section: A, B, C
  • Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences (47894)
    • 2016 Mini 1 Section: A
    • 2016 Mini 4 Section: A
    • 2015 Mini 3 Section: A
    • 2013 Mini 3 Section: A
    • 2011 Mini 2 Section: A
  • Negotiations (45840)
    • 2016 Mini 4 Section: M
    • 2015 Mini 1 Section: A, B
    • 2014 Mini 1 Section: A, B, E
    • 2014 Mini 3 Section: A, B
    • 2013 Mini 1 Section: A, E
    • 2013 Mini 5 Section: E
    • 2013 Mini 3 Section: B
  • Negotiations (45895)
    • 2011 Mini 1 Section: A, B, E
    • 2011 Mini 3 Section: E, G
    • 2010 Mini 2 Section: A, B