People

Director and Senior Research Fellow

Adam Rose

Dr. Adam Rose is a Research Professor in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at CREATE. Previously, he held faculty and department chair positions in applied economics departments at The Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University, as well as a faculty positon in economics at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, but has worked on interdisciplinary topics throughout most of his career. Read More

Associate Director of Research

Richard John

Dr. Richard John serves as the Associate Director for Research at CREATE, professor in the Department of Psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at USC and as a Research Fellow at CREATE. His research focuses on normative and descriptive models of human judgment and decision making and methodological issues in application of decision and probabilistic risk analysis (PRA). He has consulted on a number of large projects involving expert elicitation, including analysis of nuclear power plant risks (NUREG 1150) and analysis of cost and schedule risk for tritium supply alternatives. Read More

Director Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow

Detlof von Winterfeldt

Dr. 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. He is a Senior Researcher at CREATE. 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.  Read More

Associate Director of International Programs

Erroll Southers

Dr. Erroll Southers is a Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security, Director of the Safe Communities Institute (SCI), and Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is a former FBI Special Agent, who has served in counterterrorism and public safety positions at every level of government. Dr. Southers was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointee as Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, where he led the identification, prioritization and protection of the state’s potential terror targets, the nation’s largest such dataset. Read More

Associate Director of Transition

Isaac Maya

Dr. Isaac Maya, PhD, PE (Nuclear), has over 25 years experience in executive management, strategic planning, and high technology academic and industrial research and development. This includes practical experience in program and project management, product development and commercialization and fiscal responsibility, in both industrial/commercial and academic environments.  Dr. Maya has specialized in interdisciplinary research for the government, military and commercial sectors, ranging in scope from information technologies and systems to nuclear power reactor systems to start-up business management and operations. Read More

Research Area Leaders

Decision Analysis

Detlof Von Winterfeldt

Dr. 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. He is a Senior Researcher at CREATE. 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.  Read More

Richard John

Dr. Richard John serves as the Associate Director for Research at CREATE, professor in the Department of Psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at USC and as a Research Fellow at CREATE. His research focuses on normative and descriptive models of human judgment and decision making and methodological issues in application of decision and probabilistic risk analysis (PRA). He has consulted on a number of large projects involving expert elicitation, including analysis of nuclear power plant risks (NUREG 1150) and analysis of cost and schedule risk for tritium supply alternatives. Read More

Risk Analysis and Risk Management

Robin L. Dillon-Merrill

Robin L. Dillon-Merrill is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She seeks to understand and explain how and why people make the decisions that they do under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This research specifically examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes, including hurricane evacuation, terrorism, cybersecurity, and NASA mission management. Read More

Economic Consequence and Resilience Analysis

Adam Rose

Dr. Adam Rose is a Research Professor in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at CREATE. Previously, he held faculty and department chair positions in applied economics departments at The Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University, as well as a faculty positon in economics at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, but has worked on interdisciplinary topics throughout most of his career. Read More

Behavioral Decision-Making

Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Wändi Bruine de Bruin is a Provost Professor of Public Policy, Psychology, and Behavioral Science. Across USC, she holds affiliations with the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Department of Psychology, the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, the Center for Economic and Social Research, and the Center for Sustainability Solutions. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology:Applied, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Decision, Medical Decision Making, the Journal of Risk Research, and Psychology and Aging. Read More

Visiting Professor and Research Fellow

Terrie Walmsley

Terrie Walmsley is a Visiting Professor in USC’s Economics Department and the Chief Economist at ImpactECON LLC, a firm that provides global economic analysis to government and non-governmental organizations around the world. Dr.Walmsley received her Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia in 1999.  After a short post-doc at Purdue University, she became a lecturer at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom in 2000, where she began her research into the impacts of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. (WTO). During this time, she also began work with Sussex University Professor Alan Winters to examine the impact of the temporary movement of natural persons (mode 4) for the Commonwealth Secretariat; later developing the first bilateral global migration database for the UK’s Department for International Development and the World Bank. Read More 

Research Associate Professor and Research Fellow

Dan Wei

Dan Wei is a Research Associate Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on economic consequence analysis of natural or man-made hazards, modeling of economic impacts of climate mitigation policies, and analysis of market-based GHG mitigation policy instruments. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Public Policy, Ecological Economics, The Energy Journal, Environment and Planning A, International Regional Science Review, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Regional Science Policy and Practice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Economic Systems Research, Earthquake Spectra, Risk Analysis, Natural Hazards Review, and Transport Policy. Read More

Research Assistant Professor

Jonathan Eyer

Jonathan Eyer is a Research Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. His research interests include energy and environmental economics, natural disasters, and climate change. His research focuses on how individual and firm responses to environmental shocks can ameliorate or exacerbate future exposure. He has also studied how political efforts to preserve manufacturing jobs will affect climate change and the environment. His work has appeared in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He received his PhD in economics from North Carolina State University and a BS in economics and mathematics from Arizona State University. Read More

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