Dillon-Merrill, Robin

Full Name: 
Dillon-Merrill, Robin

Researcher Profile

Professor
Affiliation: 
Robert E. McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Phone: 
+1 202 687 5398
Office Address: 
United States
Research Expertise: 
decision and risk analysis, near-miss events
Bio: 
Robin L. Dillon-Merrill is a Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and Area Coordinator for the Operations and Information Management Group. Professor Dillon-Merrill 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. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security through USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis for Terrorism Events. She has served as a risk analysis and project management expert on several National Academies Committees including the review of the New Orleans regional hurricane protection projects and the application of risk analysis techniques to securing the Department of Energy’s special nuclear materials. She has a B.S./M.S. from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. From 1993-1995 she worked as a systems engineer for the Fluor Daniel Corporation. She can be reached via e-mail at rld9@georgetown.edu.
Education: 
DegreeYearUniversity
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
1999
Stanford University
B.S., Systems Engineering
1993
University of Virginia
M.S., Systems Engineering
1993
University of Virginia
Professional Experience: 
Organization/CompanyStarting YearTo Present
Georgetown University
2001
to Present
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1999
2001
Fluor Daniel, Inc.
1993
1995

Presentations

Title Project
Near-Misses and the Challenges for Cyber Security Decision Making Risk Perception and Communication: Near-Misses and Risk Inoculation
How Near-Misses Influence Decision Making under Risk: A Missed Opportunity for Learning Risk Perception and Communication: Near-Misses and Risk Inoculation
Near-Misses and the Challenges for Cyber Security Decision Making Risk Perception and Communication: Near-Misses and Risk Inoculation
Terrorist Risk Factors Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
The Perception of Terrorist Events and the Influence of the Near-Miss: Did that almost blow up? Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
Examining Divergent Beliefs and Values in Policy Debates Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
Using MAU to Structure Domestic Intelligence Policy Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
How Near-Miss Events Can Increase Risky Decision Making The Perception of Terrorist Events to Improve Risk Communication: Understanding the Impact of Near-Miss Events and Terrorist Risk Factors
Reckoning with the Risk of Catastrophes: The Challenge of Interpreting Prior Near-Miss Events The Perception of Terrorist Events to Improve Risk Communication: Understanding the Impact of Near-Miss Events and Terrorist Risk Factors
How terrorism near-misses influence perceptions of risk: comparisons and contrasts The Perception of Terrorist Events to Improve Risk Communication: Understanding the Impact of Near-Miss Events and Terrorist Risk Factors
How near-misses influence public preparedness and response to tornado weather warnings The Perception of Terrorist Events to Improve Risk Communication: Understanding the Impact of Near-Miss Events and Terrorist Risk Factors
How Near-Miss Events Can Embolden or Mitigate Risky Decision Making Individuals’ Responses to Near-Miss Events over Time
Heuristics and Biases: Challenges for Cyber Security Decision Making Individuals’ Responses to Near-Miss Events over Time