Taya Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
and Theory

Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

About Taya Cohen

Taya Cohen is associate professor of organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches popular courses on negotiations for MBA students and research methods for doctoral students in the behavioral sciences. She also co-directs the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research. She joined the faculty at the Tepper School after teaching negotiations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was a visiting assistant professor and post-doctoral fellow at the Dispute Resolution Research Center.

She was selected by the 2014 graduating MBA class as a finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award. She was awarded the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair in 2015.

Cohen’s research investigates how personality and situational factors influence unethical and competitive behavior. Her recent work focuses on understanding how employees’ moral character traits influence their job performances. She has published articles in leading psychology and management journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and the Journal of Business Ethics. Her work has received international media coverage, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, National Public Radio and BBC News Magazine. She serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management
  • Counterproductive work behavior
  • Morality and ethics
  • Personality
  • Intergroup relations


PhD - Social Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MA - Social Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BA - Psychology
Pennsylvania State University


Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2012-2015), consulting editor
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2013-2014), consulting editor
International Association for Conflict Management (2014-2016), board member
Center for Behavioral and Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University, co-director