Dr. Paul Slovic

Paul Slovic, a founder and President of Decision Research and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, studies human judgment, decision making, and risk analysis. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. He publishes extensively and serves as a consultant to industry and government. Dr. Slovic is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. In 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics (1996) and the University of East Anglia (2005). Dr. Slovic was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

Curriculum Vitae

Publications and presentations regarding our work on mass suffering, psychic numbing, and Darfur are available here.

Slovic and VedantamPaul Slovic and Shankar Vedantam at the Oregon Business Association Statesman of the Year Dinner
Photograph by Angela Wilhelms
Recent Media


  • News Source 16 KMTR EugeneVideo Interview discussing public fear and perceived risk of Ebola, October 29, 2014

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Government Decision-Making in Times of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
In April, Decision Research sponsored a two-day workshop on genocide prevention, featuring a keynote speech by Ambassador Princeton Lyman and and an open panel discussion titled “Preventing Mass Atrocities and Genocide: Strategies for the Future.”