Andrew M. Parker

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Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in behavioral decision theory, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in statistics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in psychology and statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Andrew M. Parker is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research applies core concepts in behavioral decision research to the understanding of decisionmakers' behavior in complex, real-world situations. He has led or contributed to multiple RAND projects on decision quality, risk perception, and group decisionmaking, involving such content domains as health behavior, aging, public health emergency preparedness, long-range planning for climate change, and psychological health. Past projects have addressed decisionmaking in low-income consumption, adolescent sexual and contraceptive behavior, drug and alcohol use, and expectations for major life events. Parker was principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project validating an adult measure of decisionmaking competence, which has been used to predict major life outcomes. He received a B.A. in psychology and statistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; an M.S. in statistics and an M.S. behavioral decision theory, both from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in behavioral decision theory, also from Carnegie Mellon.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Recent Projects

  • Assessing crisis decisionmaking
  • H1N1 risk perception
  • Penetration strategy for the Consumer Mobile Alert System
  • Health risk perceptions and social networks
  • Evaluation of the Cities Readiness Initiative

Selected Publications

Jacobson, D., Parker, A.M., Spetzler, C., Bruine de Bruin, W., Hollenbeck, K., Heckerman, D., & Fischhoff, B., "Improved learning in U.S. history and decision competence with decision-focused curriculum.," PLoS ONE, 7(9):e45775, 2012

Parker, A.M., Bruine de Bruin, W., Yoong, J., & Willis, R., "Inappropriate confidence and retirement planning: Four studies with a national sample.," Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25:382-389, 2012

Gidengil, C.A., Parker, A.M., & Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., "Trends in risk perception and intention to be vaccinated for H1N1 influenza: A longitudinal study of the first year of the pandemic.," American Journal of Public Health, 102:672-679, 2012

Straus, S.G., Parker, A.M., & Bruce, J.B., "The group matters: a review of processes and outcomes in analytic teams.," Group Dynamics, 15:128-146, 2011

Fischhoff, B., Bruine de Bruin, W., Parker, A.M., Millstein, S.G., & Halpern-Felsher, B., "Adolescents' perceived risk of dying.," Journal of Adolescent Health, 46:265-269, 2010

Maurer, J., Harris, K.M., Parker, A.M., & Lurie, N., "Does receipt of seasonal influenza vaccine predict intention to receive novel H1N1 vaccine: Evidence from a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults.," Vaccine, 27:5732-5734, 2009

Bruine de Bruin, W., Parker, A. M., & Fischhoff, B., "Individual differences in Adult Decision-Making Competence," Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92:938-956, 2007

Parker, A. M., & Fischhoff, B., "Decision-making competence: External validation through an individual-differences approach," Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 18:1-27, 2005


  • A mask-wearing man walks past an apartment building where a child was taken to the hospital to be tested for Ebola, New York City, October 27, 2014

    How the Public Perceives Ebola Risk in the United States

    The Ebola outbreak in Africa and the cases in the United States weighed heavily on the minds of policymakers and the public. While the Ebola threat was (and is) certainly real, many Americans greatly overestimated their chances of contracting the deadly disease.

    Mar 30, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • A child receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    An Outbreak of Outbreaks

    Lately, stories about outbreaks seem to be spreading faster than the diseases themselves. An outbreak of measles in Ohio is just part of an 18-year high of U.S. cases. Meanwhile, polio continues to circulate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, while spreading to other countries, like Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Syria.

    Jun 11, 2014 The Health Care Blog