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Technology & Society

MAY 2 & 3


Join leading behavioral scientists, executives, policymakers and journalists at our annual Conference to explore the latest insights from applied behavioral sciences research for addressing social challenges...

*bspa is 501(c)(3) non profit


MAY 2 & 3

With the common goal of exploring ways to collaborate to serve the public interest, our speakers will discuss how behavioral insights can enhance private and public-sector practice, helping bridge the divide between behavioral scientists and practitioners.

Talk Formats

Authors Shaping New Perspectives
Challenge your assumptions on how the behavioral sciences can be applied across multiple contexts as you hear from pre-eminent researchers and experts discussing their original publications. 

Interact with our community thought leaders as they present the behavioral science findings most relevant to private and public sector practitioners aiming to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research to societal issues.

Lightning Talks
How is behavioral science being implemented in practice? Engage with academics and behavioral science practitioners as they highlight cutting edge behavioral science insights. 

Panel Discussions
Join us as we explore a 'hot button' topic and convene a cross disciplinary, engrossing panel  including speakers from leading behavioral policy organizations, universities, think tanks and nonprofits.

Industry Awards
Join us as we announce the 2024 winner of the Behavioral Policy Publication Award whose work has advanced the rigorous application and development of behavioral/social science to policy and practice in public, private and nonprofit sectors. 




Based on 2021 numbers

The Speakers


2024 bspa conference chair

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Anuj Shah


Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business

2024 bspa conference co-chairs

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Michael Hallsworth

Managing Director, Americas, Behavioral Insights Team

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Carolina Toth

Director of US Programs, Behavioral Insights Team

keynote - fireside chat - better government in the digital age

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Jennifer Pahlka

Author, Recoding America

Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center and Federation of American Scientists

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Wendy De La Rosa



Assistant Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

keynote -  algorithms: the next frontier for choice architecture

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Sendhil Mullainathan


Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago

panel discussion: regulating AI  - the need for behavioral insights

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Paula Goldman

Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer, Salesforce

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Kristian Hammond

Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University
Director, Center for Advancing Safety of Machine Intelligence (CASMI)

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Elizabeth Kelly

Director for the U.S. AI Safety Institute

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Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji



Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

panel discussion: behavioral science, technology, and policy making

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Irene González


Director of Data and Behavioral Science at Ceibal


Nicholas Chesterley

Senior Director, Financial Sector Policy Branch, Department of Finance Canada

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Laura Smart

Interim Director of Behavioural Science, Competition and Markets Authority, Behavioural Hub

Beth Blauer


Associate Vice Provost, Public Sector Innovation, Johns Hopkins University

book panel: how technology shapes society

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Jean Twenge



Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University

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Sander van der Linden



Professor of Social Psychology in Society, University of Cambridge

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Simon Johnson

“Power and Progress”


Professor, Global Economics and Management, MIT

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Dolly Chugh


Social Psychologist and Management Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business

panel discussion: behavioral  science & design

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Lindsay Moore


Customer Experience Strategist
US Depa
rtment of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration 

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Piyush Tantia


Chief Innovation Officer, ideas42

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Ruth Schmidt


Associate Professor, Institute of Design (ID) at Illinois Tech


Ravi Gurumurthy



CEO, Nesta

topic focused panels - most relevant current findings

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Tatiana Homonoff

Poverty & Financial Wellbeing


Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at New York University

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David Yeager



Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

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Jeannie Annan

Global Health


International Rescue Committee’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer

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Adam Waytz

Organizations & Management


Morris and Alice Kaplan Chair in Ethics and Decision Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Elke Weber

Environment & Sustainability


Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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Keith Chen

Ethics & Justice


Professor of Behavioral Economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management

bspa team 

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Craig Fox


Harold Williams Professor of Management, Area Chair, Behavioral Decision Making, Professor of Psychology and Medicine, UCLA


Kaye de Kruif


Senior Program Director and Managing Editor, Behavioral Science & Policy Association


Kate Wessels


Executive Director, Behavioral Science & Policy Association

Sim Sitkin

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Professor of Management and Public Policy, Director, Behavioral Science & Policy Center, Duke University

...and many more lightning round speakers - see Agenda for details

"I found the BSPA conference incredibly useful for connecting academic researchers with practitioners. Presenting at the conference led to a meeting with a financial industry professional, which has turned into one of my most fruitful collaborations. I believe that both of us view the venue and the format as instrumental in facilitating this important relationship."                                                 

                                                                      - Dr. Alex Imas

                                                              Carnegie Mellon University

Who are we?

Behavioral Science in Policy & Application is a global community of leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers promoting the thoughtful application of behavioral science to policy and practice.

We facilitate unconventional behavioral solutions that address society’s most pressing challenges.

The research is powerful
From enhancing retirement saving, to promoting energy 
conservation, to reducing opioid prescription by doctors, behavioral science insights have generated proven results.


We focus on impact
BSPA is a leading organization dedicated to bridging the gap between behavioral research and practical application. We provide intellectual triage across healthcare, financial decision making, energy & environment, justice, education and labor domains, through events, publications and advisory services.


We deliver curated thought leadership
BSPA is at the center of a network of applied behavioral science organizations promoting the application of social science to public and private sector issues. Our advisory board members are giants in the field and include: Paul Brest, David Brooks, John Seely Brown, Adam Grant, Daniel Kahneman, Denise Rousseau, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler.

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