© 2019 by Behavioral Science & Policy Association


June 14, 2019


JW Marriott Essex House

160 Central Park South,

New York, NY 10019


BSPA 2019 Conference: Behavioral Science  in Policy & Application 

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Contact Kaye de Kruif at kaye@behavioralpolicy.org or on +1.919-681-5932

Behavioral Science in Policy & Application 



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The Speakers


Cass Sunstein

Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School

From 2009 to 2012, Cass Sunstein was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.


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Peter Cappelli

George W. Taylor Professor of Management at

The Wharton School

Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources

Peter Cappelli is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore.


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Dolly Chugh

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, New York University

Chugh's research focuses on the psychological constraints on the quality of decision-making with ethical import, a phenomenon known as "bounded ethicality" (Chugh, Banaji and Bazerman, 2005). Professor Chugh currently teaches MBA courses in leadership, management and negotiations. Her first book is The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperCollins, 2018). 

Paul Slovic

Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon

Paul Slovic studies human judgment, decision making, and risk analysis. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. Dr. Slovic is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and  was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.


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John Lynch, Jr.

Director of the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making 

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, University of Colorado Boulder.

Lynch studies the psychology of consumer financial decision making, focusing on two primary topics: financial literacy and financial education; and how the psychology of planning and thinking about the future affects consumer financial decision making. He co-chairs the annual Boulder Summer Conference on Financial Decision Making, and is a member of the Academic Research Council of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Gretchen Chapman

Professor in Social & Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Gretchen Chapman has been a Professor in Social & Decision Sciences since 2017. Prior to joining the faculty at CMU in 2017, Dr. Chapman was a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University where she served as Department Chair of Psychology and r Acting Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Science.  .


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Philip Tetlock

Annenberg University Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Annenberg University Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Philip Tetlock  is the Annenberg University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in Wharton, psychology and political science. He is co-leader of the Good Judgment Project, a multi-year forecasting study, and the author of three books: Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?; (with Aaron Belkin) Counterfactual Thought Experiments in World Politics; and (with Dan Gardner) Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction (2015).

Magali Delmas

Professor of Management

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Magali Delmas is the director of the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance. She is also the President of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), an organization that serves as a vehicle for advancing rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability issues. 

Her research interests are primarily in the areas of Business strategy and Corporate Sustainability.


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Tom Tyler

Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory, Yale University

Professor Tyler’s research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation. He is the author of several books, including Why People Cooperate (2011) and Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007).

Jennifer Jennings

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs,

Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Jennifer Jennings is a sociologist who studies racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in educational and health outcomes. Her dissertation examined how government accountability systems that evaluate schools based on student outcomes affect educational inequality. By making use of audit measures for which schools are not held accountable, she evaluates these systems’ effects on a broader set of outcomes, as well as our perceptions of racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequality. 


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Bill Adair

Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the creator of PolitiFact

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. At Duke, he heads the journalism program as the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and conducts research on fact-checking in the Reporters’ Lab. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (with the PolitiFact staff), the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse and the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress.

David Rand

Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT Sloan

Bridging the fields of behavioral economics and psychology, David’s research combines mathematical/computational models with human behavioral experiments and online/field studies to understand human behavior. His work uses a cognitive science perspective grounded in the tension between more intuitive versus deliberative modes of decision-making, and explores topics such as cooperation/prosociality, punishment/condemnation, perceived accuracy of false or misleading news stories, political preferences, and the dynamics of social media platform behavior. 


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Duncan Watts

Principal researcher and partner at Microsoft, and a founding member of the MSR NYC lab 

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, he was from 2000 to 2007 a professor of sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research. Watts’s research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals and he is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003), Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently, Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011). 

Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

Rebecca Blumenstein has been deputy managing editor of The New York Times since February 2017, where she focuses on making sure The Times remains an essential destination for readers interested in business, finance, economics and technology. Previously, she was deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal.

In 2003, she was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for deadline writing for coverage of WorldCom. She oversaw the China team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2007, and was named to the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship for 2009.”


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Rekha Balu

Fellow with the U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences &  Director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Science at MDRC 

As a Senior Research Associate, Balu has led numerous randomized field trials of behaviorally informed interventions in education, parenting, and child welfare-- often in partnership with education and social service providers. Her research focuses on supporting low-income youth and families to enroll and participate in school and social programs. She has designed interventions that help governments or social programs simplify their programs and promote continued family engagement and resident-state interaction. She also has designed and tested multiple technology-driven interventions including mobile phone applications, web-based decision-making tools, and text-message and email-based information campaigns. 

And many more...


"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

The Venue

JW Marriott Essex House

160 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

This Central Park South hotel in New York City sits adjacent to Central Park and is minutes from Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Fifth Avenue, as well as numerous other NYC attractions.

BSPA has secured a special block booking rate for conference attendees at the JW Marriott Essex House. Please click here to make your reservation.


**Note the deadline of June 1 for block booking reservations** 

In addition the following hotels are within walking distance to the venue:

The Park Lane Hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South



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.


Problem Challenge Sessions

In these breakout groups, participants will probe specific 'real-life' problems and brainstorm wide-ranging concrete intervention ideas.


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 2019 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. 





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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.