People

Director

Director of CREATE

Detlof von Winterfeldt is a Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. In 2004 he co-founded the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first university-based center of excellence funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. 

Education

Director of Education

Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Viterbi School of Engineering's Division of Engineering Education.

International Programs

Director of International Programs

Dr. Erroll G. Southers is the Director of the Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program at the University of Southern (USC) California Safe Communities Institute.

Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Transition

Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Transition
Dr. Richard John serves as the Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Transition at the USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at USC. 

Associate Director of Research

Associate Director of Research

Heather Rosoff is a research professor at the U.S. Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Her research focuses on using risk and decision analytic techniques to study the uncertainties surrounding terrorism.

Research Area Leaders

Research Area Leader for Countering Violent Extremism

Dr. Erroll Southers is former Presidential nominee for Assistant Secretary of the TSA, Deputy Director in the California Office of Homeland Security and FBI Special Agent. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy in USC's Price School of Public Policy.

Research Area Leader for Risk Management/Operations Research

Dr. Henry H. Willis is a Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation and CREATE's Research Area Leader for Risk Management/Operations Research.

Research Area Leader for Game Theory

Dr. Milind Tambe is the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California(USC), and Professor in the Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments. 

Research Area Co-Leader for Risk Perception and Communication

Dr. Richard John serves as Research Theme Co-Leader for Risk Perception and Communication at USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at USC. 

Research Area Leader for Economic Assessment

Dr. Scott Farrow serves as Research Theme Leader for Economic Assessment at USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and Professor in the Department of Economics at UMBC, a branch of the University of Maryland.

Research Area Leader for Risk Assessment

Dr. Vicki Bier serves as Research Theme Leader for Risk Analysis at USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Area Co-Leader for Risk Perception and Communication

Dr. William Burns is currently a research scientist at Decision Research (Eugene, OR), an institute that focuses on judgment, decision making and risk perception, and is also associated with the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE at USC) where he coordinates (with USC professor Richard John) the Risk Perception and Risk Communication group.

Research Assistant Professor

Dan Wei is Research Assistant Professor in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Faculty Affiliate of USC's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).

Heather Rosoff is a research professor at the U.S. Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Her research focuses on using risk and decision analytic techniques to study the uncertainties surrounding terrorism.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Jonathan Eyer received his Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University in 2015. His research interests lay at the intersection of energy and environmental economics, particularly with respect to climate change. 

Sule Guney is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the U.S. Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from University of New South Wales.

Student Research Assistants

Benjamin Ford is a second year PhD student of Computer Science at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, also in the Teamcore research group, which is funded by CREATE.

Fei Fang is currently a third year Ph.D. student in the Teamcore Research Group at University of Southern California (USC) funded by CREATE.

Jinshu Cui is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at the University of Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree in International Economics at the University of International Relations in China.

Kenneth Nguyen graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Irvine, and he is now a first-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology at USC and is working in CREATE.