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PhD Program

The Roman Family Center for Decision Research encourages students who are interested in the study of judgment and decision making, social psychology, or consumer behavior to apply to the Chicago Booth PhD Program with a concentration in marketing or behavioral science. Because judgment and decision making is a rich and multifaceted research area, the center is organized around an interdisciplinary spirit, bringing together excellent faculty and students whose interests span social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, consumer research, and organizational behavior.

Students at Chicago Booth benefit from flexible coursework offered in the Chicago Booth PhD Program and in other departments, like psychology, public policy, and economics. PhD students can also receive rigorous training in research through collaborative projects conducted with faculty who are affiliated with the Roman Family Center. Research at the center investigates judgment and decision making in individual, interpersonal, organizational, consumer, and legal contexts. The faculty of the Roman Family Center are organized into two groups:

Behavioral Science

The faculty of the behavioral science group aim to bridge social and cognitive psychology to related fields such as organizational behavior, economics, consumer behavior, public policy, negotiation, and business. Much of the research conducted here investigates the roles of interpersonal perception and social cognition, emotions, subjective well-being and happiness, and conflicting motivations, cultural influences, and more basic cognitive processes and biases in judgment and decision making.


The faculty of the marketing group who are affiliated with the Roman Family Center study diverse topics in judgment and decision making and cognitive and social psychology including financial decision making, goals and motivation, decision making under risk and uncertainty, choice architecture, intertemporal choice, heuristics and biases, moral judgment, and causal and statistical reasoning.

For more information on requirements and application procedures for the Chicago Booth PhD Program, please visit the PhD Program information page, or contact:

PhD Program
University of Chicago 
Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 773.702.7298
Fax: 773.702.5257

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