Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a professor within the Management, Leadership, and Decision Science Area at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She is also Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory and Steering-Committee Member of Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative.The first psychologist in the history of the Harvard Kennedy School to receive tenure, her work draws insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Together with colleagues, she has developed a theoretical framework that successfully predicts the effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Applied widely, the framework has been especially useful in predicting emotion effects on perceptions of risk, economic decisions, and attributions of responsibility.  Across all areas, her work aims to expand the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing. Read the rest of her bio here.

Contact: Jennifer_Lerner@harvard.edu