Baruch Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine. He is the past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and a recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was founding chair of the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and co-chaired the National Research Council Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity and the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication.” He is a former member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women, Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.
Fischhoff is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has received APA’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology and an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lund University. He has co-authored or edited, Acceptable Risk (1981), A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993), Elicitation of Preferences (2000), Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002), Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011), Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide (2011), Judgment and Decision Making (2011), Risk Analysis and Human Behavior (2011), The Science of Science Communication I (2013) and II [bf1] (2014), and Counting Civilian Casualties (2013).
1975 Ph.D., Psychology, The Hebrew University
1972 MS, Psychology, The Hebrew University
1967 BS, Mathematics and Psychology, Wayne State University
Fischhoff quoted on pandemic holiday travel
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in US News on holiday travel during the pandemic.
Fischhoff quoted on coronavirus risk
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in HuffPost on coronavirus spread during the holiday season.
Fischhoff quoted on pandemic/election anxiety
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in The Hill on election and pandemic anxiety among Americans.
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Fischhoff mentioned on public health
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer on public opinion about a coronavirus vaccine.
Fischhoff quoted on evidence for mask-wearing
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in Nature on evidence for masking-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fischhoff quoted on communication during the pandemic
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted on Fitbit’s blog about communicating with those you interact with during the pandemic.
Fischhoff quoted on coronavirus information
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in PBS on the public’s understanding of pandemics and risk.
Fischhoff interviewed on spreading information
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was interviewed for the Worth Health Organization Bulletin on crafting messages to the public about the pandemic.
Fischhoff quoted on coronavirus prevention
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in Marketplace on coronavirus prevention on TV sets.
Fischhoff published Viewpoint in JAMA
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff has published a Viewpoint in JAMA, discussing why it can be so difficult to make decisions during the time of COVID-19, and how the scientific community can help individuals make safe choices.
Fischhoff featured on mental health in the time of COVID-19
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was featured in an article in CommercialCafe on how to manage mental health in the time of COVID-19. Fischhoff offered readers advice on adjusting biases throughout the time of social isolation.
Fischhoff on public response to COVID-19
EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted by media outlets WIRED, Reuters, and The Boston Globe about COVID-19 and the U.S. public’s reaction and response to the pandemic. Fischhoff remains optimistic about people’s ability to make reasonable decisions if given the right information.