Psychology of risk, behavioral decision making, age differences in decision-making competence and well-being, communications and behavior change interventions for promoting health, well-being, safety, and sustainability
Wändi Bruine de Bruin is a Provost Professor of Public Policy, Psychology, and Behavioral Science. She has published more than 125 peer-reviewed publications on the psychology of risk perception and communication, as applied to personal health, sustainability and climate change, as well as household finances. Across USC, she holds affiliations with the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Department of Psychology, the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, the Center for Economic and Social Research, and the Center for Sustainability Solutions, and the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology:Applied, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Decision, Medical Decision Making, the Journal of Risk Research, and Psychology and Aging. Her research on age differences in decision making was recently covered by Psychology Today and the BBC World’s Why Factor. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences committee on mask use and respiratory health. She has served on expert panels for the National Academy of Sciences on Communicating Science Effectively and for the Council of the Canadian Academies on Health Product Risk Communication. With colleagues in the Center for Economic and Social Research, she is running a national longitudinal survey to track symptoms, risk perceptions, protective behaviors, food insecurity, and political polarization during the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. She is also studying how people’s expectations of others’ behaviors can improve predictions of election outcomes and vaccination behavior.
Affiliated Research Centers and programs:
– Department of Psychology
– Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
– Center for Economic and Social Research
– Center for Sustainability Solutions
– National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)