Ryan O. Murphy, Ph.D., is head of decision sciences for Morningstar Investment Management and a member of the behavioural insights team. Murphy’s research is interdisciplinary, bringing together methods from experimental economics, cognitive psychology, and mathematical modelling. The focus of his research is to better understand how people make decisions, especially about risk and money. His current work centres on measuring people’s preferences, dynamic goal-centric portfolio choice, and developing methodologies and frameworks that improve decision making quality.
Before joining Morningstar in 2016, he was the chair of decision theory and behavioural game theory at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich Switzerland, and a visiting professor at the University of Zurich economics department. Previously, he served as associate director of the Centre for the Decision Sciences at Columbia University in New York.
Murphy has published extensively regarding human decision-making and has papers in Management Science; Experimental Economics; Uncertainty and Risk; Judgment and Decision Making; Personality and Social Psychology Review; and the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Finance. He’s taught university courses in decision theory, behavioural economics, negotiation analysis, experimental game theory, and statistics.