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Caitlin Otten

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography: 

Caitlin Drummond Otten is an Assistant Professor of Decision Science in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Her research examines how individuals understand and use scientific evidence when forming judgments and making decisions, with particular interest in decisions regarding sustainability and the environment. One of her major lines of research asks how individuals’ ability to reason critically about scientific evidence interacts with social and motivational factors to predict their usage of and trust in scientific evidence, especially on controversial scientific topics such as climate change. The overall goals of her research program are to illuminate the cognitive, social and motivational processes involved in evaluating and using scientific evidence, and investigate ways to improve science-relevant decision-making in environment and sustainability contexts.

Education: 

Ph.D., Behavioral Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., Behavioral Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University

B.A., Economics, English, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: 

judgment and decision making | public understanding of science | scientific reasoning | science communication | science literacy | motivated reasoning | trust | misinformation | sustainability

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation