PhD Program - Center for Decision Research | Chicago Booth

PhD Program

The Center for Decision Research (CDR) 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 CDR 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 CDR. Research at the CDR investigates judgment and decision making in individual, interpersonal, organizational, consumer, and legal contexts. The faculty of the CDR 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 CDR blend perspectives from psychology, economics, and marketing science to investigate the interplay between information processing and dynamic affective and motivational influences on people’s judgments and preferences. Research conducted by faculty and students in the marketing group examine issues such as the influence of goals, implicit and affective process, including the influence of imagery and feelings on consumer behavior and product evaluations, as well as examining subjective well-being, self control and impulsive behavior, choice over time, and implications for marketing management.

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