Sarah Lichtenstein

Sarah Lichtenstein, a pioneer in the field of judgment and decision making, died on August 31, 2017 in Portland Oregon. Dr. Lichtenstein co-founded Decision Research in 1976, and her management skills were vital to its continuing existence.

In addition to her many important research contributions, she created and managed a mailing list in the 1960s and 70s that connected and defined a community of decision scientists, showed its fast growing vitality and importance, and contributed to the creation of the Society of Judgment and Decision Making. She was a strong feminist and served as the treasurer of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

In the words of Decision Research co-founder, Paul Slovic:

“Her influence on my career was immeasurable. I marveled at her intelligence and skill in designing experiments, analyzing data, and writing clear and concise articles. She taught me a lot and was a role model and mentor to many in our field.”

The SJDM community paid tribute to her in 2010, recorded on youtube:

Click here to listen to an interview Dr. Lichtenstein conducted in 1968 on preference reversal.