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 R. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cohen’s research investigates how personality and situational factors influence unethical behavior, conflict, negotiation, and intergroup relations. The two main themes of her work are: understanding the role of moral character traits in inhibiting selfish and unethical behaviors in the workplace; and understanding why interactions between groups are characterized by more competition, greed, and distrust compared to interactions between individuals. She has published peer-reviewed articles on these topics in leading psychology and management journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business Ethics. Cohen’s research has received considerable national and international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. This media coverage speaks to the interest and importance of her work, not only for members of the academy, but for the general public as well.


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  • 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)

  • Five-Item Guilt Proneness Scale (GP-5)

    (author(s): Taya Cohen, Yeonjeong Kim, A Panter) 2014


  • 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
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