The Center for Decision Research welcomes three new faculty members to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Shereen Chaudhry, assistant professor of behavioral science, Joshua Dean, assistant professor of behavioral science, and Celia Gaertig, assistant professor of marketing.

Shereen Chaudhry
Shereen ChaudhryPrior to joining the Center for Decision Research, Shereen Chaudhry was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. She earned her Ph.D. in behavioral decision research from the Carnegie Mellon University, her Master of Health Administration from Cornell University, and her B.S. in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT.

Chaudhry’s primary research focus is communication about credit and blame. In her most recent paper, she links thanking, apologizing, bragging, and blaming, revealing that these distinct communications are all related to one another. In doing so, she explains why these conversational topics are so meaningful to people, and why people are often reluctant to communicate using them. Using experiments, she demonstrates that this theory can explain a variety of conversational patterns that have until now been overlooked. Chaudhry has also analyzed when people choose to punish bystanders, how people explain difficult choices to others, the motives behind self-deprecation. Her findings have been published in Psychological Review and Research in Experimental Economics.

Joshua Dean
Joshua DeanJoshua Dean previously served a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality in Bonn, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from MIT, and earned both his B.S. in economics and B.A. in mathematics and political science from the University of Kansas.

Dean’s research spans three subtopics of the intersection of poverty and cognition: how conditions of poverty shape cognitive development by affecting human capital investment, how environments of poverty impede cognition, and how cognitive processes may impede poverty alleviation. His findings have been published in Science and the AEA Papers and Proceedings.

Celia Gaertig
Celia GaertigCelia Gaertig earned her Ph.D. in decision processes from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She earned her B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and her B.A. in business from the DHBW Karlsruhe, Germany.

Gaertig’s research primarily concerns the psychology of consumer behavior and decision making. She studies situations where consumers make judgements and decisions in situations involving uncertainty and aims to understand how uncertainty plays a part in this decision-making process. Her prior work has consisted mainly of understanding how consumer judgement is affected by uncertainty, when second guessing a decision can be helpful, and on extremeness aversion.

While studying how uncertainty affects consumers’ judgements and decisions, Gaertig has analyzed whether people inherently dislike uncertain advice, when and why uncertain price promotions are effective, and how people combine multiple pieces of uncertain numerical and verbal likelihood statements. Gaertig has also investigated the “wisdom of the inner crowd,” a phenomenon leading to better judgement upon averaging two guesses made by the same person, and has studied when and why this wisdom of the inner crowd arises. Gaertig’s findings have been published in Psychological Science.

Chaudhry and Dean will teach courses on the strategies and processes of negotiation, and Gaertig will teach courses on consumer behavior.