Professor Sunita Sah’s research focus is on institutional corruption, ethical decision-making, bias, transparency, improving decisions, influence and advice – in particular how professionals who give advice alter their behavior as a result of conflicts of interest and disclosure policies. Using a multi-method approach of lab and field experiments as well as qualitative analysis and utilizing large real-world archival data sets, Dr. Sah incorporates organizational behavior, psychology and behavioral economics theory to study different aspects of giving, and reacting to, biased or over-confident advice.
Dr. Sah holds a PhD and MS in Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, an MB ChB (UK equivalent to the US MD) in Medicine and Surgery, and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Sah’s work has been published in top academic journals in management, science, medicine, economics, and psychology including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Psychological Science, and Social Psychological and Personality Science. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, Nature, BBC News, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Boston Globe, National Public Radio as well as BBC World Television and national radio stations.
In addition to her research work, Dr. Sah is a Commissioner serving on the National Commission of Forensic Science. She also serves on the Human Factors Committee for the National Institute of Science and Technology Forensic Science Standards Board and is on the editorial board of the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Dr. Sah has won best paper awards from the Academy of Management, Society of Business Ethics, Society of Judgment and Decision-Making and Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and scholar awards from Harvard University, Kellogg School of Management and the Medical Research Council.
Prior to joining Cornell University, Dr. Sah held academic positions at Georgetown, Duke and Harvard Universities. Before entering academia, Dr. Sah worked as a Medical Doctor for the UK’s National Health Service, before going on to be Senior Consultant and European Marketing Director at IMS Health Consulting, and then Managing Director [CEO] of Organisational Dynamics Ltd.