Taya R. Cohen

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory




POS - Posner Hall - Room 255A


Organizational Behavior and Theory


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ph D (Social Psychology) - 2008
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - MA (Social Psychology) - 2005
Pennsylvania State University - BA (Psychology) - 2002


Negotiation; Conflict Management; Counterproductive work behavior; Morality & Ethics; Personality; Intergroup Relations;


Dr. Taya Cohen is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches courses on Negotiations for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students, and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences for doctoral students. She is the co-director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research—an interdisciplinary research center at Carnegie Mellon University that brings together scholars from behavioral economics, psychology, organizational behavior, marketing, and public policy. Prior to joining the faculty at the Tepper School, Cohen spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University, where she taught Negotiations at the Kellogg School of Management. Outside of Carnegie Mellon, Cohen teaches negotiation seminars for physicians pursuing management training with the American Association of Physician Leadership (AAPL), and serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Cohen’s research investigates how personality and situational factors influence unethical and competitive behavior. Her recent work focuses on understanding how employees’ moral character traits influence their job performance. She has published articles in leading psychology and management journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Research in Organizational Behavior, and the Journal of Business Ethics. This work has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and BBC News Magazine among other news outlets.


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  • Trust the Guilty: Anticipated Guilt Increases Trustworthiness

    (author(s): Emma Levine, T. Bitterly, Taya Cohen, Maurice Schweitzer)

  • Organizational nostalgia and work meaningfulness: Implications for turnover intentions and burnout

    (author(s): Joost Leunissen, Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut, Taya Cohen)

  • The reciprocal relationship between counterproductive work behavior and workplace mistreatment: Its temporal dynamics and boundary conditions

    (author(s): Yeonjeong Kim, Taya Cohen, A. Panter)

  • Disentangling embedded ties: How liking and trust influence economic partner selection and fraud

    (author(s): Brandy Aven, Taya Cohen, Jin Wook Chang)


  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the Lave-Weil Best Paper Prize at the Tepper School of Business for the best paper on problem solving, in contrast to theorem proving (2013)
  • International Society for Self & Identity - Best Paper of the Year in Self & Idenity (2009)


  • Center for Behavioral & Decision Research (CBDR) Summer Internship Program, Program Organizer, Organize and coordinate the undergraduate summer research internship program for the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research (CBDR), (2014 - )
  • Center for Behavioral & Decision Research (CBDR), Steering Committee, Steering committee member (co-director of the center), (2014 - )
  • Institutional Review Board, Committee Member, (2011 - )


  • American Association for Physician Leadership (August 2013 -)


  • Other Officer, Representative-at-Large (Board Member), International Association for Conflict Management (2014 - 2016)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes section (January 2012 - December 2015)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (April 2013 - December 2014)


  • Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences (47894)
    2015 Mini 3 Section: A
    2013 Mini 3 Section: A
    2011 Mini 2 Section: A
  • Negotiations (45840)
    2014 Mini 1 Section: A, B, E
    2014 Mini 3 Section: A, B
    2013 Mini 1 Section: A, E
    2013 Mini 5 Section: E
    2013 Mini 3 Section: B
Taya Cohen