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Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon

Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a founder and President of Decision Research. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1959) and an M.A (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Michigan.He studies human judgment, decision making, and the psychology of risk. With colleagues worldwide, he has developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals and society. He 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. He was elected to the American academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2016. He has also received the Franklin Institute's 2022 Bower Award and Prize for Excellence in Science. Paul Slovic is also President of Decision Research. He is an editor of the website that addresses psychological obstacles to effective action in the face of human and environmental crises.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon


  • 1964 
    University of Michigan, PhD in Psychology