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Kristina Wald

Kristina Wald

Kristina Wald

Recorded July, 2019

Kristina Wald



BA, Psychology and Economics, Columbia University


Kristina Wald is a PhD student in the Behavioral Science department. She grew up three blocks from Booth and went to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, before attending Columbia University. After graduating in 2016, she worked for two years as a research assistant for professors in the Management departments at Columbia Business School and NYU Stern. Outside of school, she enjoys taking walks (especially along Lake Michigan), keeping up with politics and current events, reading, writing, and traveling.

Research Interests

Kristina studies impression management, trust, and communication. In her main line of research, she studies how we evaluate others based on how socially self-aware they seem (i.e., based on whether they seem to know what others think of them or not). 

Selected Presentations & Publications

Wald, K. A., & O'Brien, E. (2022). Repeated exposure to success harshens reactions to failure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 103, 104381.

Atir, S., Wald, K. A., & Epley, N. (2022). Talking with strangers is surprisingly informative. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(34), e2206992119.

Chaudhry, S. J., & Wald, K. (2022). Overcoming listener skepticism: Costly signaling in communication increases perceived honesty. Current Opinion in Psychology, 101442.

Levine, Emma E., and Kristina A. Wald. “Fibbing about Your Feelings: How Feigning Happiness in the Face of Personal Hardship Affects Trust.” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 156 (2020): 135–54.