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).

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


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  • Michael Greenberg and Karen Lowrie published a Biographical Profile of Paul Slovic in the January 2014 issue of Risk Analysis.