Johnson Mourns Loss of Alice Isen

Prominent psychology and marketing professor was one of the most often-cited business faculty members in the world.

Johnson Mourns Loss of Alice Isen

Prominent social scientist and long-time Johnson and Cornell University faculty member Alice Isen died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in Philadelphia.  She was the SC Johnson Professor of Marketing and professor of psychology at Johnson, and among the most often-cited business school faculty members in the world.

Professor Isen’s research concerned the influence of affect on social interaction, thought processes and decision making, including applications to organizational behavior, medical decision making, doctor-patient interaction, issues in services marketing, and issues related to brand equity and loyalty. Most recently, her work on influencing the activity levels of asthma patients was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, in February 2012.

Professor Isen joined Johnson in 1989, after serving as Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland. During her career in academia, she published some 85 papers in refereed journals, authored two books, and contributed chapters to nine others. Her research has been supported with grants and contracts from the FDIC, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health Olfactory Research Fund, The Hartford Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, and others.

Isen earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford University in 1968, an MA in Psychology, also at Stanford, in 1966, and a BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Alice Isen, who has been my colleague at Johnson for more than 20 years,” said L. Joseph Thomas, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of Johnson. “Her contributions to Cornell, to our PhD students, and to the fields of social psychology and marketing are too numerous to name.”

A funeral service for Alice Isen will take place Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Har Jehuda, 8400 Lansdowne Avenue, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. A memorial service at Sage Hall on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, will follow, on Tuesday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ramin Parlor.


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