Baruch Fischhoff

Carnegie Mellon University


Primary Section: 64, Human Environmental Sciences
Secondary Section: 52, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Membership Type: Member (elected 2017)

Biosketch

Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  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 the National Academy of Medicine.  He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and the Society for Risk Analysis.  He has chaired FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene Commission on the Rights of Women, DHS Science and Technology Advisory Committee and EPA Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.  He has received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology, CMU’s Ryan Award for Teaching, an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lund University, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.  He is a Fellow of APA, the Association for Psychological Science, Society of Experimental Psychologists, and Society for Risk Analysis.  His books include Acceptable Risk, Risk: A Very Short Introduction, and Communicating Risks and Benefits.  He has served on some three dozen NASEM committees. 

Research Interests

Judgment and decision making, risk analysis, risk communication, informed consent, public participation, pandemic preparedness, science communication, environment, adolescent development, healthcare policy.

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