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Behavioral Science in

Policy & Application 

MAY 28 & 29


where social & behavioral research meets policy & practice

Each year, over 200 leading behavioral scientists, executives, policymakers and journalists join together at the Behavioral Science in Policy & Application Conference to explore the latest insights from applied behavioral sciences research for addressing social challenges.


The Speakers


Dan Ariely


James B. Duke Professor Duke Fuqua School of Business

Kristen Berman


Co-founder, Irrational Labs

Charlotte Blank


Chief Behavioral Officer, Maritz

Kelly Bidwell


Director, Office of Evaluation Sciences, U.S. Federal Government

Dolly Chugh


Associate Professor, New York University Stern School of Business

Jason Doctor


The Norman Topping National Medical Enterprise Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Kevin Donahue


Deputy City Administrator & Deputy Mayor for Public Safety & Justice, Washington D.C.

Paul Ferraro


Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University

Paul Ferraro


Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University

James Guszcza


US Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte Consulting

2020-21 Fellow at CASBS

Michael Hallsworth


Consulting Managing Director, BIT North America

Melissa Knoll

Section Chief, Decision-making & Behavioral Studies, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Susanna Loeb


Director, Annenberg Institute at Brown University Professor, Brown University

Pete Lunn


Economic and Social Research Institute & Trinity College Dublin

Michael Luca


Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Francois Millard


Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer of The Vitality Group

Sim Sitkin


Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Duke University

Federico Raimondi Slepoi


Head of Behavioral Science Unit, City of Rome

Piyush Tantia


Chief Innovation Officer, ideas42

Shankar Vedantam


Social Science Correspondent & Host, HIdden Brain, NPR

Steve Wendel


Head of Behavioral Science for Morningstar

Kate Wessels


Executive Director, Behavioral Science & Policy Association

Wendy Wood


Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, University of Southern California

David Yokum


Adjunct Associate Professor in International and Public Affairs and Director, The Policy Lab, Brown University

Jamil Zaki


Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory

And many more...



MAY 28 & 29

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 2020 winners of the Behavioral Policy Publication Award and New Investigator Award (early-career) to those whose work has advanced the rigorous application and development of behavioral/social science to policy and practice in public, private and nonprofit sectors. 





"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.


Behavioral Science in Policy & Application 




BSPA 2020 Conference: Behavioral Science  in Policy & Application 


May 28 & 29, 2020


Virtual Online -

USA EST Timezone

Contact Us

To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Reduced fees available for students and NGO's.

Contact Kaye de Kruif at or on +1.919-681-5932

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