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Taya R. Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

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Taya R. Cohen, PhD is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. Her research is in the area of organizational psychology, with a particular focus on understanding moral character and ethical behavior in organizations. She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Self & Identity, and 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 decision sciences, behavioral economics, organizational behavior, marketing, psychology, and public policy.

Professor Cohen currently teaches MBA and executive education courses on Negotiations and on Managing People and Teams, and doctoral seminars on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences and on Negotiations and Conflict Management. She has twice been a finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award at the Tepper School of Business. Outside of Carnegie Mellon, Professor Cohen provides negotiations training for healthcare organizations throughout the United States, and for local non-profits in the Pittsburgh region.

Professor Cohen’s research has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. Her 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. Her 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, the Tepper School of Business awarded Professor Cohen the Xerox Junior Faculty Chair in 2012, and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair in 2015.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Tepper School, Professor 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. She 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.

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)
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management (PhD seminar)
  • 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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