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Taya R. Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

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Dr. Taya R. Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she conducts research investigating how personality and situational factors influence unethical and competitive behavior. The two main themes of her research are: (1) understanding the role of moral character traits in inhibiting selfish and harmful behaviors; and (2) understanding why interactions between groups are characterized by more competition, greed, and fear compared to interactions between individuals. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on these topics in leading psychology and management journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Her research has received considerable national and international media attention, with coverage from NBC News and the BBC News Magazine, among other outlets. The media coverage speaks to the interest and importance of Dr. Cohen’s work, not only for members of the academy, but for the general public as well.

Dr. Cohen is among the top educators at the Tepper School of Business, where she teaches a popular course on Negotiations for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students. In addition to teaching Negotiations, she also teaches a doctoral seminar on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, which draws graduate students from many areas of social science, including those studying psychology, decision making, organizational behavior, public policy, and behavioral economics.

Dr. Cohen earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty at the Tepper School in August 2010, after spending two years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor & Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center. In 2012, she was awarded a Xerox Junior Faculty Chair from the Tepper School in recognition of her scholarly achievements.

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:

  • Negotiations (Masters of Business Administration course & Executive Education)
  • Research Methods in Behavioral Science (PhD Seminar)
  • Unethical Behavior (PhD Seminar)

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

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