Dr. Taya R. Cohen is a tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Her research cuts across disciplines to develop and rigorously test new theories about human behavior that can be applied in practice to solve difficult problems in business, law, and health care. Using theory and methods from the fields of organizational behavior, psychology, and business ethics, she investigates the cascading effects of individuals’ honesty and ethical choices on those they interact with and the organizations where they work.
Dr. Cohen publishes her work in top management and psychology journals, and is regularly featured in prominent media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC, NPR, TIME magazine, and elsewhere. She has received outstanding publication awards from the International Association for Conflict Management and from the International Society for Self and Identity. In 2020, she was recognized as one of the Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professors by Poets & Quants. She is a Past-President of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) and serves on editorial review boards for a number of journals in her field. Her professional service at Carnegie Mellon includes leading the interdisciplinary Center for Behavioral and Decision Research (CBDR) as one of the faculty steering committee members.
Dr. Cohen teaches graduate-level courses and executive education seminars on organizational behavior and negotiation. She co-directs the Collaboration and Conflict Research Lab (CCRL) with Dr. Laurie Weingart, where they manage an active lab of doctoral students and post-doctoral research fellows working toward advancing applied and basic research on conflict, negotiation, and moral behavior.
Dr. Cohen earned a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Cohen spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.