Baruch Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine. He is the past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and a recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was founding chair of the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and co-chaired the National Research Council Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity and the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication.” He is a former member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women, Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Fischhoff is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has received APA’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology and an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lund University. He has co-authored or edited, Acceptable Risk (1981), A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993), Elicitation of Preferences (2000), Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002), Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011), Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide (2011), Judgment and Decision Making (2011), Risk Analysis and Human Behavior (2011), The Science of Science Communication I (2013) and II [bf1] (2014), and Counting Civilian Casualties (2013).

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1975 Ph.D., Psychology, The Hebrew University

1972 MS, Psychology, The Hebrew University

1967 BS, Mathematics and Psychology, Wayne State University


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Toronto Sun

Fischhoff discusses indecision and intelligence

In the Toronto Sun, EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff commented on a study showing that indecision might be a sign of intelligence.


Fischhoff quoted on CDC Covid response

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff spoke with Bloomberg about the CDC’s response to Covid. He says that the CDC did not do enough to give people detailed information about Covid risks.

2022 Faculty Awards announced

The 2022 Engineering Faculty Awards winners have been announced.

The Sacramento Bee

Fischhoff quoted on risk evaluation in pandemic's current stage

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on public risk evaluation at the current stage of the COVID pandemic. “What’s generally true is that people do things that they think are worth the effort,” he said.

The Washington Post

Fischhoff quoted on COVID measures

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in a Washington Post column about public health measures during the COVID pandemic.

Washington Post

Fischhoff quoted on confusing guidance for rapid test results

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted by The Washington Post on why testing for public health guidance around COVID testing is important.

Scientific American

Fischhoff on the ongoing challenge of communicating COVID health risks

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff spoke with Scientific American about communicating health risks and cautioned against using risk-risk comparisons when providing guidance for concerned citizens, employees, and customers.

CMU Engineering

Fischhoff named 2021 AAAS Fellow

Baruch Fischhoff has been named a 2021 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Fischhoff quoted on public opinion of omicron variant and travel plans

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff as quoted in AARP on assessing the risk of traveling during the holidays while still in the Covid pandemic. 

The Christian Science Monitor

Fischoff quoted on scientific communication

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on scientific communication with the public.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fischhoff quoted on science communication

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on science communication during the pandemic.

The Washington Post

Fischhoff quoted on decision making

EPP’s Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in the Washington Post on making decisions while combating decision fatigue.