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Taya R. Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

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Dr. Taya R. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair. She is the co-director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research—an interdisciplinary research center at Carnegie Mellon University that brings together scholars from behavioral economics, psychology, organizational behavior, marketing, and public policy. Cohen teaches courses on Negotiations and on Managing People and Teams for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students, and a course on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences for doctoral students. She has twice been a finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award at the Tepper School of Business.

Cohen’s current research focuses on understanding moral character and how it influences behavior in organizations. This work has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. Cohen’s 2014 paper Moral Character in the Workplace published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology received the Outstanding Article Award from the International Association for Conflict Management in 2016, which honors an article that advances conflict management theory and practice, and which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field. Cohen’s 2010 paper Shame Proneness and Guilt Proneness: Toward the Further Understanding of Reactions to Public and Private Transgressions published in the journal Self & Identity received the Best Paper of the Year award in 2009 from the International Society for Self and Identity. In recognition of her scholarly achievements, Cohen was awarded the Xerox Junior Faculty Chair from the Tepper School of Business in 2012, and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair from the Carnegie Bosch Institute in 2015.

Outside of Carnegie Mellon, Cohen teaches executive education seminars on negotiations for companies and for physicians pursuing management training with the American Association of Physician Leadership (AAPL). She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Self & Identity. Prior to joining the faculty at the Tepper School, Cohen spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University, where she taught Negotiations at the Kellogg School of Management.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity

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Courses Taught:

  • Managing People and Teams (MBA course)
  • Negotiations (MBA course & Executive Education)
  • Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (PhD Seminar)
  • Unethical Behavior (PhD Seminar)

Taya R. Cohen
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
United States

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