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).

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1975 Ph.D., Psychology, The Hebrew University

1972 MS, Psychology, The Hebrew University

1967 BS, Mathematics and Psychology, Wayne State University


Media mentions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fischhoff quoted on science communication

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on science communication during the pandemic.

The Washington Post

Fischhoff quoted on decision making

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in the Washington Post on making decisions while combating decision fatigue.

Sigma Xi

Fischhoff awarded 2021 William Procter Prize

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff has been awarded the 2021 Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine

Fischhoff interviewed on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff participated in a Q&A session with The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine on inoculation hesitancy regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Scientific American

Fischhoff quoted on health officials properly communicating risk

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in Scientific American on the responsibilities of health officials to be informative and transparent when discussing risks associated with new treatments.

US News

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.

The Hill

Fischhoff quoted on pandemic/election anxiety

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in The Hill on election and pandemic anxiety among Americans.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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.