PhD in Behavioral Science
As a behavioral science PhD student at Chicago Booth, you’ll study human behavior in a wide range of contexts, including processes of negotiation, power and influence, and motivation and self-control.
You will have the flexibility to focus your doctoral studies in behavioral science on the research topics that most interest you. You can also augment your studies with work in economics, policy and intervention, psychology, marketing, finance, sociology, public policy, and other disciplines at Booth and across the university.
Some students earn a joint degree in psychology and business, a joint program between Booth’s behavioral science program and the Department of Psychology in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Students must be admitted to the behavioral science dissertation area and apply for the joint program within their first two years in the Stevens Doctoral Program.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Yale School of Management
David Munguia Gomez studies decisions about allocating rewards and opportunities, such as college admission and employment. His research interests encompass ethics and decision-making, merit, fairness, and organizational behavior. His PhD is in behavioral science.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Annabelle studies judgment and decision making in the context of consumer behavior, with a focus on motivation and self-control. In her research, she explores what leads people to make more patient decisions and feel more patient while waiting. Her PhD is in behavioral science.
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Diag Davenport studies applied microeconomics and human+algorithm decisions. He recently coauthored a paper at the Becker Friedman Institute entitled, Automating Automaticity: How the Context of Human Choice Affects the Extent of Algorithmic Bias. His PhD is in behavioral science.
A Network of Support
Doctoral students at Booth have access to the resources of several high-powered research centers that offer funding for student work, host conferences, and foster a strong research community, as well as weekly workshops.
Center for Decision Research
Positioned at the forefront of the rapidly developing field of behavioral science, the CDR is devoted to building a richer understanding of human behavior and experience.
Keep up to date with the latest behavioral science work through the Center for Decision Research's weekly workshop series. Faculty, students, and invited guests meet to discuss their work on the behavioral implications of decision and judgment models.
What's the Best Way to Motivate Yourself?
How can we set better goals and follow through on them? We put that question to two experts on motivation, including Chicago Booth’s Ayelet Fishbach, and they discuss best tips and practices.What's the Best Way to Motivate Yourself?
Line of Inquiry: Shereen Chaudhry on Why We Hesitate to Apologize
Research examines a hurdle to offering an apology in conflicts in which both parties are to blame.Line of Inquiry: Shereen Chaudhry on Why We Hesitate to Apologize
Juliana Schroeder, ’15: 00:11
I was always interested in the way that we interact with those around us, and the way that we judge them, and how we make decisions, but I was interested in it from sort of a really broad social science perspective, both psychology and economics, and then, when I came to Chicago Booth, I met Nick Epley right away who's a professor here, and he got me really interested in this specific topic. This is research about how people convey their mental capacity to others. Most people think that if someone can see them, they might appear smarter.
Juliana Schroeder, ’15: 00:46
We don't find any evidence of that. We find that it carries through the voice. We think that being able to hear someone's voice, being able to hear them speak is humanizing in some way. It kind of conveys their mental capacities. We've been looking at what are the paralinguistic cues that mediate the fact, and it seems that variance and pitch is important. There could be boundary conditions to this effect. There might be certain accents that convey less intelligence, so we're looking at the Southern drawl, for example. That is one in particular in the U.S. that seems to be associated with less intelligence
Juliana Schroeder, ’15: 01:22
There might be other ways of speaking and aspects in someone's speech, like vocal fray, that could convey less intelligence as well. Working with Nick Epley on this project has been a really fantastic experience. He has been so supportive. We would meet every single week and discuss ideas. I feel extremely lucky to be at Chicago Booth. It's been such an incredible place with incredible resources to do research. When I do research, I think about what would be an interesting psychological idea, so how do we perceive others that can have an application in terms of who gets jobs.
Juliana Schroeder, ’15: 02:01
But, it can also have applications in terms of conflict, in terms of humanization, all sorts of different aspects. And so, being able to do basic research here, and having the resources available in this study pool, the funding for that, it's just incredible.
Ugur (Umy) Yasar
See a list of the current students in our Joint Psychology and Business Program.
Program Expectations and Requirements
The Stevens Program at Booth is a full-time program. Students generally complete the majority of coursework and examination requirements within the first two years of studies and begin work on their dissertation during the third year.
For details, see General Examination Requirements by Area in the Stevens Program Guidebook.
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